Author Archives: Sable Giesler

Work the walk – Three tips to boost your dressage scores

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  Walking is a judged gait in every dressage test, starting from Beginner Novice all the way up to the four-star level. As you move up the levels, the walk work becomes more challenging. From Beginner Novice to the Preliminary level you will only have to execute a free walk and a medium walk. However, once you reach the one-star level you will be required to show an extended walk. By the two-star level you need to be able to execute a turn on the haunches (pirouette) at the walk. The walk counts for a minimum of two movements in…

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Friday’s Fashion – Classy light jackets to rule the spring season

Photo via www.bitofbritain.com

  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… Monday was the first official day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere. The weather should finally…

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Every equestrian has a superpower… What’s yours?

Which Super Hero are you?

  You may not be able to shoot laser beams out of your eyes or fly but you are an equestrian, which means you have a superpower or two. No mere mortal could accomplish the things that you manage on a day-to-day basis. You stack hay bales by the hundreds, jump over solid obstacles the size of a small car on the back of an animal, train a beast that is over ten times your size to obey your commands – You are a superequestrian. But which equestrian superhero are you? Grooming Guru: Every horse you touch shines like a bar…

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Exmoor H.T. Training cross-country - Photo gallery

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  Over the weekend, hundreds of Florida-based eventers contested at the inaugural Exmoor H.T. in Reddick, Florida. This new event was a huge success, and there was even a massive wait list with over 60 pairs left on it. The cross-country course featured some gently rolling terrain (a nice change from the usual flat Florida events), and the courses were rather ‘old school’ with many post and rail type fences. I spent my Sunday watching the cross-country, getting a sunburn and of course, snapping some pictures of the action. Check out and share these photos from the Training cross-country. Feel free…

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Rider alert: Pairs to watch at the Carolina International H.T.

Carolina Int cic3* course walk

  Connect with the Carolina International action: [Omnibus] [Schedule] [Times] [Results] Today, The Carolina International in Raeford, North Carolina, is kicking off with dressage. Many of the top North American riders on the East Coast are competing at this event with over $50,000 in prize money on the line. Riders are out in full force contesting three FEI divisions including the CIC3*, CIC2* and CIC1* and national divisions ranging from Training to Advanced. Riders and horses will have to be in top form if they want to finish on their dressage scores this weekend. With Ian Stark designing the cross-country…

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Four-star event horses defying age and still competing at 18 years of age or more

Laine Ashker (USA) and Anthony Patch at the 2015 Rolex CCI4*.

  Most event horses’ careers start to wind down when they reach about 16-years-old. Eventing is a tough sport and years at the top levels take their toll on our mounts. But there are the rare horses who withstand the test of time and have gone on competing at four-stars into their twenties. You have to give the riders, owners and support team behind these equine athletes credit – it is not easy keeping a horse happily competing into its senior years. Let’s take a moment to be amazed over some of the veteran event horses in North America that…

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Friday’s Five – Baby products you need in your grooming arsenal

Sorry kid, those diapers are for my horse's hooves.

  You might feel a bit uneasy navigating the baby aisle at a store if you are happily childless. But many products that work well on babies also work well on horses. Weird, I know but true. Before your next event swing by the baby section and stock up on these items that will make your grooming job a lot easier: 1) Baby powder – Did your horse manage to get a yucky stain on its white hind sock on the way to the event? Is your grey horse’s tail more like a palomino colour? Do your horse’s cross-country boots…

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Friday’s Fashion – Complete your riding wardrobe with these stylin’ long sleeve shirts

Photo via www.sporthorselifestyle.com

  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… No riding wardrobe is complete without a collection of stylish and practical long sleeve shirts. For days…

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Horseshoe art that will make you start hoarding old shoes

Nailing The Horse Shoe

  Horseshoes – Something that every horse owner spends hundreds to thousands of dollars on a year. Farrier bills are never small but as the saying goes, ‘no hoof, no horse,” so riders are content to dish out huge sums of money on their horses’ routine pedicures. Typically your horse will need new shoes every several months, once their old ones wear out. You probably just chuck the old shoes in the trash but you might want to reconsider this. Horseshoes can be repurposed into beautiful and practical works of art with some welding skills. After scrolling to the bottom…

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12 GOOD habits that every rider should develop

The horse is galloping along the sand

  When equestrians think of ‘habits’ they usually think of bad ones such as looking down at the ground while riding. But there are many good habits that you should work on getting into as a rider. Making a conscious effort in your daily life to develop some simple good habits can transform you into a better rider and horseman. It will take a bit of time and commitment on your part to form these habits but you owe it to yourself and your horse(s) to form these habits… 1) Clean your tack. Daily. Not only will you look like…

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