Author Archives: Jay Duke

How Many Faults Is Too Many?

I have no hesitation wading into the deep waters of controversy in the fascinating sport of show jumping. This is especially true when it comes to horse and rider safety. ...

The Future of Clinics Is Virtual

The show jumping world is often divided in its opinions. But one thing all equestrians agree upon is that 2020 was a difficult time. Actually, I'm being too nice—2020 sucked....

Maclay Mayhem

Every year, the National Horse Show plays host to the ASPCA Maclay Final, which showcases the top junior riders, many of whom have aspirations of representing the U.S. in international...

Roll, Roll, Rollbacks!

“Often, the lessons I teach are not so different from the lower level to the higher level—it’s the expectations and technicality that vary,” says Canadian Equestrian Team veteran Jay Duke....

The Lost Pony Divisions

I rode show jumping horses for 40 years, I have so many amazing memories and am grateful for the success I enjoyed in my career. My most precious recollections go...

Everyone’s a Winner?

The short video below is the inspiration for this article. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EH8MQLdEryM There are so many great aspects about working with horses. The sport teaches compassion, hard work, dealing with success...

Jewel, the Connemara That Could

For the past decade, show jumping spectators in Western Canada have been watching a once in a lifetime pony in the local jumper rings. Born in 1995, standing 14 1/4hh,...

Drugs In The Hunters: The Solution

There is a lot of recent discussion about the hunter divisions and the many problems surrounding the sport. This is a topic that has been debated since the 1970's when...