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  Catch up on interesting tidbits that you might have missed last week. We work hard to catch all the good stuff so you don’t have to.   Prize giving Irish style Myself and @hollyWoodhead2 waiting for Prize Giving! #Donkeys #Ballindenisk #loveitinIreland — Laura Collett (@CollettEventing) April 23, 2017   Quinn's final jump today before @rk3de_official! #60 #eventing #aiken #beastmode #vandiver A post shared by Doug Payne (@dpequestrian) on Apr 23, 2017 at 6:42am PDT     Dance class was LIT today #ilovemyjob #laineashkereventingANDdressage #atlas #fuegs #bestdancepartners A post shared by Lainey Ashker (@laineyea) on Apr 22, 2017 at…

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11 Flawless show jumping pictures that will inspire you today and every day

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  Show jumping is really an artform. It takes an incredible amount of skill, talent and athleticism from horse and rider to jump a double clear round and look flawless while executing the task. It takes riders years and years (even decades) of training to achieve stellar equitation over jumps. Having good equitation not only makes for great pictures but it makes you a more effective rider. It also takes a significant amount of training for most horses to learn how to jump with good form with a human on their backs. For your inspiration to keep working away on…

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Dressage judge comments scribes did write: Part 26

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  People from all over the world read, Tuesday’s Top 10 – Dressage judge comments scribes were NOT allowed to write. Many of our readers shared comments that HAVE actually made it onto dressage tests. There have been so many colourful dressage judge comments, we have enough gems for a series. The dressage judges who let their scribes write these comments, certainly were not sugarcoating anything. Thank-you to all the riders who shared these hilarious, real life comments. Despite what a  judge writes on your test, this phase of Eventing remains interesting when the unexpected happens. Thank you to all the good sports who are sharing some of their…

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Friday’s Fashion – In vogue dressage tailcoats


  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… Tailcoats are the standard dress at FEI events. When you compete at your first…

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What no one tells you about riding after you turn 21

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  The year you turn 21-years-old, is your final year as a young rider. As your glorious and promising young rider years come to a close, things suddenly become very real. You are now a senior rider, and it is time to either pull your big kid breeches on or liquidate your horsey possessions and pursue a non-equestrian life. Decisions, decisions… I have made a choice to stick it out in the Eventing world because I cannot fathom any other lifestyle but I certainly do not feel like anything is going easily. As a junior rider (under 18), I felt…

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11 “Oh no you didn’t” moments every horse owner has faced


  Horses are like toddlers on steroids. Actually, they’re more like Godzilla-sized toddlers on steroids that NEVER grow up. But that’s okay because you’re an equestrian and you love your horse(s) no matter what havoc it wreaks. However, there are moments when your horse does something so unnecessary and savage that all you can say is, “Oh no you didn’t!” Here are 11 examples of these moments… 1) When you go to clean your horse’s water bucket only to discover it managed to poop in it.     2) You give your horse a flake of hay, it promptly paws…

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The big ‘A’ – Why this milestone is just the beginning

Ema Klugman & Bendigo. Photo by Julieann Prettyman

  When I called my trainer, Packy McGuaghan, after Carolina International to ask whether I could move up to Advanced, he gave me an answer I didn’t really understand. He said ‘maybe.’ Here was an Eventing god, a man with answers to any and all obscure training problems, a voice of wisdom from competition strategies to veterinary procedures to conditioning schedules, telling me for the first time that he couldn’t answer my question. Surely he knew if the horse had it in him, didn’t he? You see, the thing about Bendigo is that he’s full of surprises. He can have…

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Rider Connect from Bit of Britain: Hayley Smith

Hayley Smith and SHEC Wellington.

   Rider Connect sponsor: Bit of Britain has been a trusted source for quality horse tack and equestrian clothing since 1987. Today’s featured rider is Hayley Smith, a professional rider who is working her way up the Eventing levels. If you would like to be featured in Rider Connect, email me.   Get to know Hayley I just turned 24, and I am the barn manager/groom of event barn “CDP Stables,” which is owned by Charlie Plumb. I’m originally from Sanford, NC, and have been riding since I was 4-years-old. I am currently riding at Training level and I have big plans for…

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Delving into the minds of four-star riders – Joe Meyer (NZL)

Joe and Clip Clop at 2016 Fair Hill International.

  There is a significant difference between an equestrian and an Eventer. Equestrians push their minds and bodies of themselves and their horses to great lengths for sport, for fun, or perhaps to maintain their health. Eventers push their minds and abilities to the farthest possible limit with their equine partners while simultaneously taking calculated risks where a split second decision can be costly. At the highest level of Eventing, four-star Eventers are in a class of their own. These extreme athletes are who we look to when trying to understand and measure what is possible for an equine partnership…

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Tuesday’s Top 10 – Excuses for never competing at a CCI4*

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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.”   Tuesday’s Top 10 -Excuses for never competing at a CCI4* 10. I made the safe choice and went to University. 9. My horse never liked flying changes and I did not want to put any pressure on him. 8. I could never find a good enough coach. 7.  My parents were too poor. 6. The…

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