Category Archives: Friday’s Five

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

kermit and sable

  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 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 Five – Trot up tips to own the jog

Learn to jog horses up as well as Mark Todd can.

  At every CCI event you have to jog your horse up for the Ground Jury once before dressage and then again after cross-country, before you can show jump. Additionally, if a CIC event runs cross-country before show jumping, you will have to jog up your horse. These jog ups are to ensure that all horses are fit and sound to compete. However, having a horse that is a hundred-percent sound still does not guarantee you will be ‘accepted’ and able to show. Countless sound horses have been ‘spun’ at jog ups because of poor presentation. It is easy for…

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Friday’s Five – Tips to get the most out of your trot sets


  Before and during the season, eventers use interval training to strengthen and improve their and their horses’ fitness. Do you suffer from feelings of boredom or futility as you clunk around your arena or field, completing trot set after trot set? Do you wonder why you’re doing them when you could be practicing your simple changes or improving your horse’s jumping technique with gridwork? Do you wonder what value these trot sets actually hold in the long run? Trot sets are a fantastic way to improve your horse’s fitness and top eventers from around the world incorporate them into…

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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

no riding

  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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