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Your quick guide to the 2017 Rolex CCI4* competition field

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  Connect with the Rolex Kentucky CCI4* action: [Website] [Schedule] [Draw Order] It’s finally here! The 2017 Rolex Kentucky CCI4* starts tomorrow afternoon with the first horse inspection. There are 62 pairs set to compete in this prestigious event. There are 52 different riders in the field from eight different nations. Rolex is the first CCI4* event of the year and the only CCI4* on North American soil. It is hosted at the beautiful Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky. Dressage takes place on Thursday and Friday, followed by everyone’s favourite, cross-country on Saturday and the event concludes on Sunday…

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14 Photos of cute mini horses to console you after a bad horse show

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  Bad horse shows are an inevitable part of being an equestrian. When you’re competition partner is an animal with its own random thoughts it’s unrealistic to think every show will go plan. Although we all know that bad horse shows are unavoidable, it still sucks when you have one. If you are feeling a bit down after a rough weekend, you need something to cheer yourself up so you can head into your week feeling happy and hopeful. I recommend looking at adorable pictures of miniature horses to give your mood a boost. So if your weekend was on…

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10 Things equestrians can clean in a dishwasher

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  Owning horses is a tough gig. Riding, grooming, lessons, competitions and so on requires loads of time and energy. Not to mention, the endless list of horsey things that need cleaning. Horses are not clean creatures by nature and if you own one (or several) you’re going to spend a sizeable portion of your life cleaning things. Make your life simpler by tossing some horsey items in the dishwasher to give them a thorough cleaning and restore them to nearly new condition. Here are ten items that you can wash in your dishwasher: 1) Hats: Get rid of the icky…

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Friday’s Five – Things you need to know before competing at a CCI event

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  Competing at a CCI is a huge accomplishment in itself. By the time you make it to a CCI you have spent countless hours in the saddle training and have probably shed some blood, sweat and tears on your journey to this riding milestone. CCI events are a true test of a horse’s fitness because the cross-country courses are more challenging and longer than at horse trials or CIC events. And let’s not forget that a top placing at a CCI makes for serious bragging rights and many events at this level now feature a healthy amount of prize money. There are few…

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Friday’s Fashion – In vogue dressage tailcoats

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  This series features fashion must have items for riders and their horses. Tune in every Friday with your (or your parents’ or your significant other’s) credit card in hand,  for some excellent fashion finds. Let’s bring style to the Eventing world!  I have not personally tested all of the featured products but the websites they are available through are reputable and I will not feature any products with negative reviews. If you own any of these products please share your to opinions so we can all find the best deals and look great… Tailcoats are the standard dress at FEI events. When you compete at your first…

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What no one tells you about riding after you turn 21

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  The year you turn 21-years-old, is your final year as a young rider. As your glorious and promising young rider years come to a close, things suddenly become very real. You are now a senior rider, and it is time to either pull your big kid breeches on or liquidate your horsey possessions and pursue a non-equestrian life. Decisions, decisions… I have made a choice to stick it out in the Eventing world because I cannot fathom any other lifestyle but I certainly do not feel like anything is going easily. As a junior rider (under 18), I felt…

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11 “Oh no you didn’t” moments every horse owner has faced

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  Horses are like toddlers on steroids. Actually, they’re more like Godzilla-sized toddlers on steroids that NEVER grow up. But that’s okay because you’re an equestrian and you love your horse(s) no matter what havoc it wreaks. However, there are moments when your horse does something so unnecessary and savage that all you can say is, “Oh no you didn’t!” Here are 11 examples of these moments… 1) When you go to clean your horse’s water bucket only to discover it managed to poop in it.     2) You give your horse a flake of hay, it promptly paws…

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The best Kodak moments of the 2017 winter Eventing season

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  The Ocala International Horse Trials concluded on Sunday, marking the end of the Florida winter/spring Eventing season. Eventers who are based further North, are now making their way back home if they have not already done so. Moving down to Ocala, Florida or Aiken, South Carolina for the winter months is common practice for eventers on the Eastcoast but now it is time for them to return home. Currently, eventers are back in the North and putting the finishing touches on their training for the fast-approaching spring CCI events. The Rolex Kentucky CCI4* is next weekend and Jersey Fresh International CCI3* (May…

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Friday’s Five – Must haves at an event cool down

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  As you gallop over the cross-country finish line at either a CCI of CIC a team of veterinarians will meet you to monitor your horse’s cool down. They will check your horse’s heart rate, temperature and overall condition and they will keep rechecking your horse until it is fit to go back to the stables. Your horse deserves the best care possible after running and jumping its butt off on cross-country. Your job as the rider is to provide the perfect cool down for your noble steed. Make sure you have these supplies ready at the cool down area…

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Friday’s Fashion – Ride through April showers with the award winning equestrian raincoat

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  Spring is FINALLY here but with the warmer temperatures comes a lot of rain. Competition season for equestrians is starting to ramp up right now, and even in torrential downpours, the show must go on. As a rider, you cannot let April showers hinder your riding training and competition schedule. You need a top-of-the-line raincoat that will keep you dry and allow you to ride in comfort. You need the Asmar All Weather Rider™ jacket. Looking at the All Weather Rider™ makes you think this jacket is fit for the red carpet, but it also has much more to…

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