Equitation is the art or practice of horse riding or horsemanship.

More specifically, equitation may refer to a rider's position while mounted, and encompass a rider's ability to ride correctly and with effective
aids. In horse show competition, the rider, rather than the horse is evaluated.. Judging criteria covers the rider's performance and control of the
horse, use of riding aids, proper attire, correct form, and usually factor in rider poise and the cleanliness and polish of horse, rider and
equipment. The performance of the horse is not judged per se, but a poorly performing horse is considered to reflect the ability of the rider. A
good equitation rider is always in balance with the horse, maintains a correct position in every gait, movement, or over a fence, and possesses a
commanding, but relaxed, presence, able to direct the horse with nearly invisible aids.
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Hogany Tops Farm is a Hunter Jumper training and lesson barn dedicated to establishing superior
horsemanship with physically fit, willing and content, well trained horses and riders.
Accordingly, a consistent training routine and a minimum lesson program are required as a
prerequisite for boarding. Training and instruction, specializing in hunters, jumpers and equitation
are designed with the horse and rider in mind and customized to fit each ones' individual abilities
and objectives to reach their full potential and and focusing on correct equitation in the jumpers as
well as in the hunters. When asked, “Do you teach dressage?” I like to quote my sisters reply,
“All good riding is based on dressage as a foundation. Hours spent on the flat ultimately produce
a fluid ride over fences in the hunters; and an accurate and powerful ride occurring in a timely
fashion in the jumpers!” All levels of riders, beginner through advanced are welcomed in our
lesson program and we have wonderful lesson horses for those who do not have one! HTF
provides the opportunity to horse show at both local and national competitions. Hogany Tops
Farm offers quality horses and ponies for sale or lease. Basic full care board includes meticulous
care, 12 x 12 stalls cleaned and maintained daily, twice daily feeding with top quality feed and
free choice hay, watering, daily turnout (weather permitting), light grooming after turnout, tack
room, wash rack, round pen, jumping arena, onsite caretakers, and laundry (saddle pads, wraps
and polos used at home on farm); blanket and sheet laundry billed to customers as needed. Full
service training board including all of the amenities of regular board, professional training at the
farm, and daily grooming and Premiere full care board offering many other amenities are also
available. Hogany Tops Farm originated in Macon, Georgia in 1985 and has been in continual
operation since that date. Hogany Tops is owned and operated by Jo Beard, who was born, raised
and educated in Virginia. Her love for and association with horses began at an early age, in the
family barn, which, at the age of eight led her to horse shows and fox hunts with her father. Her
journey with horses continued to the professional level when at the age of 18 she was schooling,
training and showing horses and ponies and catch-riding at horse shows. Her professional focus
centered on hunters and jumpers and as she developed her own riding skills, she became involved
in the sport of steeplechase racing and took that to a highly successful professional level as one of
two licensed female steeplechase jockeys in the United States. She has subsequently trained and
owned hundreds of show horses and has consistently been successfully involved in both local and
national horse show competition. Today, her focus is on the interest of her client and their goals
and aspirations. She has the experience (over 40 years of teaching all levels), skills and patience
to take them where they want to go. Jo's extensive experience in the industry has created a wide
network of friends and professional associates nationwide. Referrals will be gladly given upon
HOGANY TOPS FARM UPDATE September 2014: Weeks of hard work later, I am delighted to
let all of you know that the announced move to our beautiful new location at Gemini Farms in
Cedar Hill, Tx has been completed. We are settled in and the business is up and running! Full
service boarding is available, along with our riding lesson program, horses and ponies in training,
and upcoming spring and summer camps. We offer the opportunity for clients to participate in
local and nationally rated horse shows. We are delighted with our new home and look forward to
sharing it with you! If you are interested in a quality facility for boarding, training, or lessons,
give us a call at (404)425-2599 or email at hoganytopsfarm@gmail.com. I look forward to
hearing from you! Jo Beard
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701 S Duncanville Road
Cedar Hill, Texas 75104

Mailing Address:
2876 E Main Street
Midlothian, Texas 76065

(404) 425-2599

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                                                                                 HUNTERS AND JUMPERS
Hunt seat is a style of forward seat riding commonly found in North American horse shows. Along with Dressage, it is one of the two classic forms
of English riding. The Hunt seat is based on the tradition of fox hunting. Hunt seat competition in North America includes both flat and over
fences for show hunters, which judge the horse's movement and form, and equitation classes, which judge the rider's ability both on the flat and
over fences. The term hunt seat may also refer to any form of forward seat riding, including the kind seen in show jumping and eventing. Hunt seat
is a popular form of riding in the United States, recognized by the USHJA (United States Hunter/Jumper Association) and the United States
Equestrian Federation, and in Canada. While hunt seat showing per se is not an Olympic discipline, many show jumping competitors began by
riding in hunter and equitation classes before moving into the jumper divisions.
People unfamiliar with horse shows may be confused by the difference between hunter classes and jumper classes. Hunters are judged subjectively on
the degree to which they meet an ideal standard of manners, style, and way of going. Conversely, jumper classes are scored objectively, based
entirely on a numerical score determined only by whether the horse attempts the obstacle, clears it, and finishes the course in the allotted time.
Jumper courses often are colorful, and at times, quite creatively designed. Jumper courses tend to be much more complex and technical than hunter
courses, because riders and horses are not being judged on style. Hunters have meticulous turnout and tend toward very quiet, conservative horse
tack and rider attire. Hunter bits, bridles, crops, spurs, and martingales are tightly regulated. Jumpers, while caring for their horses and grooming
them well, are not scored on turnout, are allowed a wider range of equipment, and riders may wear less conservative attire, so long as it stays within
the rules. Formal turnout always is preferred; however, a neat rider gives a good impression at shows.
In addition to hunters and jumpers, there are equitation classes, sometimes called hunt seat equitation, which judges the ability of the rider. The
equipment, clothing, and fence styles used in equitation more closely resemble hunter classes, although the technical difficulty of the courses may
more closely resemble jumping events

Gemini Farms, in partnership with Hogany Tops Farm and All American Arabians, is putting
together riding teams for both Hunter/Jumpers and Western riders through the Interscholastic
Equestrian Association (IEA). This is a low cost opportunity for riders to compete, learn and
improve as equestrians and earn performance based scholarship dollars. If interested or for
more information, please contact Colette Sossaman at (214) 650-4163. You may visit
www.rideiea.org for more information about the organization.