Category Archives: Friday’s Five

Friday’s Five – Steps to help you find owners regardless of your level


  You do not need to have an Olympic appearance on your record to seek out ownership support. There are many individuals who would be interested in joining your team and supporting your riding journey even if you are not targeting a four-star in the near future. But when you head out looking for owners you need to forget the traditional model of ownership – a wealthy individual already steeped in Eventing culture – and broaden your horizons to bring new people into the sport. People who would get satisfaction and enjoyment from being part of a sport team and watching a…

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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 Five – Ways to entertain yourself when riding isn’t an option

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  It’s a cruel world because no matter who you are or what you do there are going to moments in your life when you cannot ride. Perhaps you just can’t ride for the weekend because you’re out of town. Or maybe you are unable to ride for months because you’re injured. Or your horse has inflicted some self-harm on itself and you are a horseless. Then there are the periods of time that you have already ridden all of your horses for the day so you find yourself bored. Whatever the reason is for not being able to ride…

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Five eventer biographies to add to your ‘must read’ list

Mark Todd was 56-years-old at the 2012 Olympics and is on the road to Rio this year. This Eventing God's autobiography is a must read. Photo by Kerstin Hoffmann.

  There is nothing like immersing yourself in a good book. If you are a horse crazy eventer you will absolutely LOVE reading these top eventers’ biographies. The majority of riders will never win an Olympic medal or even be long listed for an Olympic team but simply reading about accomplishing such great feats is enough to leave you feeling inspired. Get your hands on a copy of these eventer biographies; reading them will teach you a tremendous deal about the sport and motivate you to make the most out of your riding career.   1) Mark Todd’s Second Chance:…

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Friday’s Five – Tips to shoot perfect horse show photos

Tourist Woman Takes Photographs With Vintage Photo Camera

  Digital cameras have made taking action pictures an easy task for your average Joe. You can take hundreds of pictures on your digital camera, delete off the bad ones, then use editing programs to enhance the lighting, straighten and crop them. Purchasing a disk with all of photos from one event typically costs over $100. For under $200 you can buy a camera that is capable of taking horse show action shots. Buying a quality camera will pay off in the long run if you are a parent of a rider or  share the camera amongst the people from…

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Friday’s Five – Things you need to host an impromptu trailer party


  Sadly not all events throw a competitors’ party. If you want to have a fun night, at a competition with your fellow eventers, that you will all be talking about until next season, it is up to you to throw the party. Here is your shopping list for a horse trailer competitors party: 1. Beverages: • Alcoholic – No great story ever started with someone sipping a glass of water. Purchase one bottle of white wine, and one bottle of red wine. If you do not know what kind of wine to buy, go for the cheapest. This is…

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Friday’s Five – Valentine’s Day gifts that will win an equestrian’s heart

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  Valentine’s Day is only nine days away so if you have not already got your equestrian partner an amazing gift, you better get moving. Equestrians are tricky to buy for if you are not well versed in the horse world. Do not disappoint the special equestrian in your life by just giving them flowers, which will probably just get fed to the horses or something. Own this Valentine’s Day with one or two of these perfect gifts for equestrians… 1) An all inclusive horseback riding safari vacation in Africa: Go all out this Valentine’s Day and book yourself and your partner a…

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Friday’s Five – Online resources to up your Eventing game

Thanks to the internet you can search for your next Eventing and dating prospect using your laptop or smartphone...

  Modern technology is changing many aspects of the world, the horse world included. Gone are the days where the only way you could improve your riding and horsemanship was by learning from other riders and coaches at the barn. Now, you can also expand your horsey knowledge at home. The internet gives you access to a limitless wealth of horsey information. Check out these online resources to help you become a smarter horse person and rider. 1) Pro Equine Grooms –Behind the scenes of every top rider’s operation, grooms are hard at work keeping the barn running smoothly and ensuring the horses receive…

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Friday’s Five – Grooming products you cannot compete without

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  Trotting down centerline on an impeccably turned out horse will make a good impression on the dressage judge. Likewise, riding a horse that is groomed to the nines around the competition grounds will make you look like a more polished and professional rider. Plus your show photos will look all the more impressive if your horse is freakishly well turned out. If you want your horse to look Olympic-ready you have to use the right grooming products. Add these must-have products to your arsenal to ensure your horse is always in the front running for the ‘best turned out’…

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Friday’s Five – Volunteer jobs that will take your riding to the next level

Even Mark Todd volunteers at events! Here he is working as a show jumping steward at the 2016 Dauntsey Park H.T. Photo via @kiwieventer on Twitter.

  Events are always in need of volunteers and although offering up your time to help others is considered a selfless act…volunteering at Events can actually be very beneficial to your riding. Here are some great opportunities for you to contribute to your sport but also take advantage of these interesting jobs to become a better rider. 1) Scribe: Sitting with a dressage judge all day and listening to them score and comment on dressage tests while you scribe is invaluable. You will gain a better understanding about what judges are looking for in a test so you can squeeze…

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