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No Stirrup November

No Stirrup November is a horseback riding cultural phenomenon. Riders from all over the country dedicate the month of November to losing their stirrups in an effort to better themselves as riders.

Trinity Farm has successfully completed another No Stirrup November! As far as we know, we are the only therapeutic riding facility in the country to open the challenge to riders with special needs back in 2014.

Riders at Trinity Farm accumulated 1,110 minutes of riding time without their stirrups in 2017. That would be the equivalent of one person riding without stirrups at the walk, trot and canter for over 18.5 hours!

Riding without stirrups has many documented benefits.

  • Strengthens the leg. 
  • Improved leg position goes alongside strengthening. Posting off and pushing off of the stirrups is a common mistake that many rider’s make and don’t realize that they are doing. When there is no stirrup iron to balance off of, the rider must use their muscles to hold their legs in place and stay on the horse. This helps eliminate any instability of the leg. 
  • Practice and preparation. It is always a possibility that a rider may accidentally lose a stirrup but a confident and well prepared rider can calmly get their stirrups back without having to stop or lean down to put their boot back in. 
  • Better balance and an improved seat  A rider’s seat is essential in staying balanced in the saddle. Relying on stirrup irons for balance is a lot like relying on training wheels. Better positioning through the hips and sitting deeper in the saddle will create a lower center of gravity and better connection to the horse's movement. 

2014 Stats:

9 total hours of no stirrup time

Rider with the most minutes: Maxeen R.

Rider to win the Big Dee's Gift Card Raffle: Grace Y.

2015 stats:

12.33 Hours of no stirrup time

Rider with the most minutes: Madalyn Rusinoff (195 minutes/ 3.25 hours)

Winner of the Big Dee's Gift Card Raffle: Emma Mullin.

2016 stats:

18.41 total hours of no stirrup time. 32 riders participated

Rider with the most minutes: Madalyn Rusinoff (250 minutes/ 4.16 hours)

Winner of the Big Dee's Gift Card Raffle: Olivia Wervey.

2017 stats:

18.5 total hours of no stirrup time. 33 riders participated.

Rider with the most minutes: Madalyn Rusinoff (130 minutes/ 2.16 hours)

Rider with the second most minutes: Holly Norville (75 minutes/ 1.25 hours)

3rd- Nate S.

4th- Michael S.

5th- Daniel S., Claire R., Carly N.

6th- Ady B., Julia R., Tallulah M.

7th- Olivia W., Stella S., Sam S., Olivia H.,

8th- Mackenna B., Ellie W., Emma M.

9th- Kimmy W., Tessa G., Anna R., Lilly S.

Winner of the Big Dee's Gift Card Raffle: Carly N.

2018 Stats:

Count no-stirrup minutes right along with us! We'll update the chart as we go, click below!

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