Category Archives: Friday’s Five

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


  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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Friday’s Five – Tasty, healthy and EASY horse show food ideas

Skip packing junk food and try these easy and tasty recipes for your next show.

  Horse show food is not usually the tastiest, it is rarely healthy and it is always overpriced. Instead of spending money on dreadful horse show food this season, you should make your own. It can be quick and simple to prepare your own food and bring it to your events. Try these easy and delicious recipes this competition season: 1) Red pepper, goat cheese, and fresh mint wraps – These make for the perfect lunch on a hot show day. They are both filling and refreshing. Make them the night before your show, pack them in zip lock bags…

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Friday’s Five – Ways to make your riding life easier in 2017

Breeze through 2017 with these tips...

  It is time to start organizing yourself for the 2017 season. Riding is a sport that requires so much time and dedication that it is often considered a lifestyle and it is an expensive one. Fortunately, these tips can simplify your Eventing life in 2017, so you can have your best season to date. Start utilizing these tips immediately, so you have no regrets this year. 1. Big Black Boot by Ice Horse – Ice your horse’s hooves with ease this year, by using this quality ice boot. Unique tri-fold design wraps the horse’s foot in ice from the coronary band to the toe, providing…

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Friday’s Five – Tips to make your horses’ trailer rides smoother


  At some point, all riders will have to trailer horses. Whether it is a short jaunt for lessons or a long trek across the country, it is important that you provide your horse with a first class and safe ride. Ensure that your horse travels like a VIP: 1) Soak hay - Horses tend to drink little to nothing when they are on the trailer. Simply soak your horse’s haynet in a skip bucket the night before a long trip to help your horse stay hydrated. When horses are yanking hay out of their haynets, the air can get dusty…

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Friday’s Five – Ultimate stocking stuffers for eventers

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  Christmas is a week and a half away but it’s not too late to order some last minute stocking stuffers. Last week, I provided you with a list of the coolest presents for eventers. This week, I have spent time researching stocking stuffers that every eventer will love. Eventers deserves the best. Horse stuff is expensive but no worries, you do not have to break the bank with these stocking stuffers that are guaranteed to be a hit! Here are five perfect stocking stuffers you need to order right now: 1) Flair Strips:  Gain a competitive edge on cross-country by using one…

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