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NOTHING GROWS WITHOUT GOOD ROOTS

 

MAREN VOGEL

"My start in horses was a humble one. I grew up your typical "barn rat", working off my pony's board, spending every spare minute and then some taking in every aspect of horses and only ever becoming hungry for more. Luckily I promptly discovered the United States Pony Club which laid the foundation for me to be able to go on and complete the British Horse Society Program at the Stoneleigh-Burnham School. During my attendance I was also named Interscholastic Equestrian Association hunt seat team captain which contributed, not only to my development as a well rounded and adaptable rider, but also in honing my leadership skills. After graduation I went on to work in several upper level competitive programs in equestrian hubs such as Wellington and Ocala FL and Aiken SC. Taking a break from the show circuits to focus on some of my own personal goals, I came home to my family farm in NH and ran a smaller boarding, training, and lesson operation. I am currently still based there while I formulate my longer term trajectory."

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IRE PILLARS

IRE is dedicated to upholding and promoting the highest standards of horsemanship possible. Curating quality in one's methods is a multifaceted, ceaseless endeavor hinging mainly on commitment to continued development and acceptance of how much we have to learn, regardless of what we already know. Perfection does not exist but we must always remain faithful to the pursuit of excellence.

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EXCELLENT HORSE HUSBANDRY

The first and foremost priority should unwaveringly be maintaining happy and healthy horses. Ample turnout, socialization and high quality, forage based diets are simply non-negotiable to create an effective equine management program.

COMPASSIONATE HANDLING AND TRAINING

Our horses can only do their jobs as well as we prepare them to. As previously touched on, this starts with keeping them content and comfortable in their day to day lives. From there it requires methodical education system with a slowly progressive nature that accounts for both the mind and body.

CLASSICAL RIDING AND EQUITATION

Equestrian sport is a team effort across the board, beginning with the partnership between us and our horses. It is equally our responsibility to ensure we are equipped to handle the demands of our pursuits, as is to prepare our horses for them. At minimum we should be able to ride without hindering our horse in their work and more appropriately we should be able to work in harmony contributing to the ease with which our horses perform.

 
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~Quality over Quantity~