Welcome to Maddalena Equestrian!


Hello!  Maddalena Equestrian provides hunter/jumper and equitation training and coaching from our base in Southwest Ranches, Florida.  Alejo Maddalena, our professional, has decades of experience teaching horses and riders in Argentina, Europe and the United States.  I’m Yvonne, his wife.  I am in charge of marketing for the company.  Therefore, I get to do the blogging!  I am a practicing lawyer by day and never get to ride as often as I’d like so I will bring an amateur angle to the information we provide in this blog.  While there will be updates on the company itself along the way, I also hope to provide data and stories of interest in our industry.  Please let me know if you have any suggestions or questions!  Any feedback is welcome as I have never done this before.  Please check out our website if you need more information or want more background!  Maddalena Equestrian website

2018 WEG Is Coming!


How is it 2018 already?  Between the holidays and getting swamped at work after the New Year (as well as getting caught up in the College Football Championship Playoffs – Roll Tide!), I am just now getting back to the blog.  Planning out the year (where we want to compete, what events we want to attend, etc.) evidences one item on the calendar that has to be considered: attending the World Equestrian Games in Tryon, NC this year.  We were fortunate to attend the 2010 WEG in Kentucky the last time the games were in the United States and it was incredible.  We have also been huge fans of the facility, staff and surrounding environment since the Tryon International Equestrian Center opened.  We attended one of the trial shows at Tryon the summer it opened and were blown away by how well thought out and horse-centered everything was (as well as the number of permanent bathrooms – everyone who shows knows the importance of that!).  Since then, as much as the facility has expanded and grown on every visit, with new barns, arenas, restaurant and shops, it never fails to disappoint with the focus on making the horses comfortable and the shows enjoyable for everyone who attends.  To have the excitement of the world competing in so many equestrian disciplines here in the US combined with a location that we truly love is too much to think about!  I thought it would be handy to have links to several articles and websites pertinent to WEG 2018 here in one place for your – the reader’s – convenience.  So check them out below!  Anyone else out there trying to attend?  Let us know – we would love to catch up!


World of Show Jumping article on WEG 2018 venue

Tryon International Equestrian Center link for WEG information

FEI link for WEG 2018 information

A favorite, McLain Ward, speaks with Horse & Hound on having WEG here in US

Holiday Party

We had our first barn holiday party since the move to Southwest Ranches last night.   It is a little strange to me to feel Christmas-y in South Florida but the cold snap helped!  But it is wonderful to enjoy the sun through the holidays (and through the ESP Holiday Series at PBIEC).  😜  Was having too much fun to remember to take a lot of photos but a good time was had by all.

Are your horses microchipped?



I spent this morning ensuring USEF had our horses’ microchip numbers.  As I am sure any of you who show regularly are aware, USEF noted back in September that microchips would be required for any horse or pony competing in classes that require the equine’s registration with USHJA.  Any hunter/jumper/equitation horses showing after December 1, 2017, have to have a chip.  For any of you who have not shown yet, or who have been traveling south and not yet updated your USEF information, here is a very helpful link with FAQs from USEF’s website: USEF FAQs regarding microchips.  It is a very easy process to edit your horse’s information and provide the chip number.  Once that is completed, happy showing!


Microchip detection

Packing List for Hunter/Jumper Shows

As we get ready for the winter show season here in south Florida, I start getting our stuff ready to easily pack up and load for shows.  I usually have a separate set of many items,  like grooming supplies, new halters with our barn plate, and monogrammed saddle pads, that are only used at shows. However, I keep a handy list every time we pack to ensure we do not forget anything.  I thought you might find that list helpful so I am attaching here.  (Although the original one was not in this cuter, infographic form.). Hope it can be of use!  If you would like a pdf or a plain Word version, I am happy to send – just send me your contact info!