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Which five eventers broke the Internet in 2016?

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  Social media has become a huge part of seemingly everyone’s lives, with horse people being no exception. Over the past year, eventers around the globe have been sharing their thoughts, excitement and ideas via the Internet. Some happenings in the Eventing world caught the attention of millions of people worldwide. From a horse conditioning innovation to a man who made history on two occasions in one year, these are the five eventers who broke the Internet in 2016 (in no particular order)… Kyle Carter’s conditioning pool/water complex: Canadian Olympic eventer, Kyle Carter unveiled his new and innovative horse conditioning…

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Today’s Top 10 – New Year’s resolutions your horse is aiming for

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  WARNING: Only read if you have a sense of humour Check in for our Top 10 list that could feature just about anyone or anything related to Eventing. No rider, owner, coach, or nation is off limits. Remember: “Life is a tragedy for those who feel and a comedy for those who think.”   10. I’ll gallop full throttle on cross-country so we never have time faults again. 9. I vow to become a better jumper. I’m going to practice all day hopping out of my paddock. 8. You seem kind of nervous about ditches so I won’t jump them anymore. 7….

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Which eventer was controversially crowned Equiratings Horse of the Year?

Alex Hua Tian and Don Geniro the at Rio Olympics. Photo Credit Paul Xia Yuanpu

  Don Geniro, “The Don”, Olympic mount of Chinese rider, Alex Hua Tian, has been voted Equiratings Horse of the Year (ERHOTY) in a tense public vote on Twitter by over 50%. Runner-up was, MULRYS ERROR, a crowd-favourite, having completed Badminton 2016 double-clear ridden by the inspirational Ben Hobday, followed by Portersize Just A Jiff, the “Pony With the Heart of a Lion”. The yearly title is awarded to the event horse with the most public votes. 2015’s title went to the talented American event horse, Loughan Glen, ride of Clark Montgomery. The competition for the ERHOTY for 2016 has…

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When supportive parents become a liability – Coaches need to speak up

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  There are two types of supportive horse show parents and we have all encountered them: 1) Parents who push their children – These parents don’t hesitate to rush their children up the levels. They seem to forget about the child’s confidence and safety. Usually, the children of this parent group are slightly delusional about their abilities because their parents pump up their egos as the parents do not seem to grasp what skills are truly required to compete at the different levels. Coaches either love or hate these parents. If the parents have large sums of money, they are dream…

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LandSafe aims to reduce number of catastrophic falls in Eventing

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  Danny Warrington, former steeplechase jockey and international event rider, has been studying horse sports for almost his whole life. He has trained riders and horses alike to the upper levels, and now he is working to make a difference in eventing safety worldwide. Along with his wife Keli, a former gymnast, Danny has launched the program LandSafe, which aims to save lives, reduce injuries, and educate riders and parents about safety in eventing. According to Danny, the basic idea is to “land safely over every fence” and when things go awry, to have the tools to “land safely when…

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Tuesday’s Top 10 – Things riders think on cross-country

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  WARNING: Only read if you have a sense of humour Check in every Tuesday for our Top 10 list that could feature just about anyone or anything related to Eventing. No rider, owner, coach, or nation is off limits. Remember: “Life is a tragedy for those who feel and a comedy for those who think.”     10. Jump judge, your chair is on my line… You better duck! 9. I need to start exercising, I can’t breathe and it is only fence 11! 8. I’m getting run off with! 7. Sh*t… Where is my next fence? 6. Lost my stirrup… Argh……

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13 signs you were a horse crazy kid

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  I was undoubtedly a horse-crazed child. My parents are completely non-horsey so it is a mystery as to why I was so obsessed with the equine species. If you are reading this, I’m assuming you were (and still are) horse crazy. Here are the sure signs and symptoms that you had horse-crazy syndrome as a kid: 1) You rode anything from shoeboxes to toy bouncy horses, while pretending to be galloping Black Beauty. 2) The only computer games you ever played were the Mary King and Pippa Funnell ones. 3) Every Christmas you asked Santa for a pony… Or…

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FEI announces candidate cities for FEI World Equestrian Games 2022

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  Two cities have been announced as Official Candidates to host the FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2022. Lexington, Kentucky (USA) and Samorin (SVK) have both been selected as potential hosts for the FEI flagship in six years’ time. “We are very happy to have two such strong official candidates for the FEI World Equestrian Games in 2022”, FEI President Ingmar De Vos said. “Both the Kentucky and Samorin venues have the infrastructure in place already to host the Games, which is one of the biggest events on the global sporting calendar. “The last edition in Normandy two years ago attracted…

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Poach the hunter/jumper shows for new Eventing recruits

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  There are hundreds of riders out there that are “Eventing-ready”; they just need information and guidance to get them started. In order for our sport to grow, information about it has to reach riders and non-riders that are currently NOT Eventing. We need hardcore recruiting at the grass roots. Coaches need students to make a living and finding these elusive pupils is no easy task. Horses are expensive and it takes time for a rider to learn the basic riding skills needed to compete at even the lowest levels of the sport. It is hard for many Eventing coaches to…

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Heads Up! Equestrian Canada is implementing ground-breaking athlete concussion protocols

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  Equestrian Canada (EC) has become one of the first national governing bodies for sport in Canada to release official, sport-specific guidelines on return-to-play protocols for athlete concussions. “Parachute congratulates Equestrian Canada in creating a Return-to-Play protocol that will help educate and monitor concussion in their sport,” said Pamela Fuselli, Interim CEO of Parachute, a national charitable organization in Canada dedicated to preventing injuries and saving lives. EC’s concussion-related Accidents & Return-to-Play rule will come into effect Jan. 1, 2017 for all EC sanctioned competitions in Canada. “When concussion occurs, it is of the utmost importance that they be recognized…

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