Category Archives: Missed it?

These Great Meadows cross-country photos will motivate you to up your game

  It has been one week since the Great Meadow International cross-country finale where individually the U.S. captured the top three places. Jennie Brannigan rode brilliantly to clinch the win followed by Lynn Symansky in second and Phillip Dutton finishing third. This was my first time attending this event and it is now one of my favourite events in North America. The weather was awesome, the scenery was breath taking and the riding was top-notch. You need to attend this event next year…seriously! Plan for a summer weekend getaway if you don’t ride and if you do ride, aim your sights…

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Top 10 dressage judge comments of 2017 so far

  People from all over the world read, Tuesday’s Top 10 – Dressage judge comments scribes were NOT allowed to write in 2015. Over the last two and a half years, 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  – Dressage judge comments scribes did write. So far this series has been going for two years strong. The dressage judges who let their scribes write these comments certainly were not sugar coating anything. Thank-you to all the riders who shared these hilarious, real life…

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Five perfect university and college options for equestrians

  The other week, I shared some career options for people looking to work in the horse industry. But what if you aspire to make a living by coaching, riding, selling horses and using other typical equestrian income streams? Many top riders did not pursue further education after attaining their high school degrees but plenty of pros are University graduates. You do not have to put your riding on hold when you go to school because there are numerous well-respected schools that offer horse-related programs. Learning about horses while still riding is an equestrian’s dream and it can be your reality….

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How my temporary blindness led to this concept: Distances don’t matter…

  We would like to welcome back our guest writer Schuyler Riley. Schuyler is an American international show jumper with multiple Grand Prix wins. She competes globally each year at the world’s most prestigious venues and is one of the most successful show jumpers in US history. Schuyler has posted wins at such prestigious events as the Budweiser American Invitational, the American Gold Cup and the Budweiser AGA National Championships. She’s only the second rider in history and the first female ever to post back to back wins in the Chrysler Classic at Spruce Meadows. She’s been a key member…

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Build confidence with this simple trotting jump exercise

  Do you hate trotting fences? Me too. At least on most horses. It’s so much easier to be in sync with the horse over a fence when you canter on approach, as a jump is nothing more than an exaggerated canter stride. However, trotting fences is an important skill that should be practiced by everyone, even Advanced horses and riders. For beginning riders and green horses, trotting in slows things down, allowing more time to process the obstacle and organize all body parts to negotiate the jump successfully. A spooky horse may feel more confident approaching from the trot,…

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Follow this guide to become the world’s greatest Working Student

  You apply for a Working Student (WS) position with the rider who you have idolized for years and you get the job. You have fantasies about exercising their top horses and travelling with them to big events to help groom… But in reality, a WS mucks stalls, tacks up horses, washes horses, blankets horses, turns horses out, sets jumps, and performs various other unglamorous tasks. Nonetheless, being a WS is an opportunity that will teach you how top riders train and manage their entire operations. If you take on the job of being someone’s WS, you surely want to…

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The winning summertime photo is… CLICK to find out who gets the new Perri’s halter.

  With over 6,000 votes cast, our readers loved this summertime photo. Nothing like a foal to influence the voting! Congratulations to Sara Welgoss from Maryland; Sara’s horse Zigby, will be getting a fine ‘Amish made’ Perri’s leather halter with an engraved plate. Zigby earned 4.85 star rating and 3,010 votes.   Thank you to Perri’s Leather for bringing us this monthly contest to celebrate horse names. Each month you get a chance to win a beautiful Perri’s leather halter with an engraved plate to show off your horse’s unique name. Here are your top six:   Enter this month’s contest if your horse’s name has…

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How confusion can be a remarkable training tool

  WARNING: Uncensored language. But all in fun.   Educating young horses can be a remarkably long and tedious process. Some horses take to competitive sport like the proverbial duck to water, whereas with others, it can feel like trying to teach gymnastics to a breeze block. The key to success for any young jumping horse is a broad and varied education, and this can take on many guises – sometimes with hilarious results… In what can only be described as a nonsensical rush of blood to the head, I recently decided that the time had come for my totally…

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Find out how the equestrian world grooms their horses – Sponsored by Back on Track

  Great for muscles, ligaments, tendons and joints. Products for horses, dogs and people. Visit www.backontrackproducts.com   Last week, we polled riders from around the equestrian world on how they groom their horses. Just over 1000 people responded to the poll, which is a significant sampling because the standard number of people surveyed for most political polls is 1000. As we all know, there’s certainly more than one way to perform almost every grooming practice but it appears some methods are more common than others. Check out the poll results below to see how the horsey world grooms their mounts……

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Tuesday’s Top 10 – Reasons to fire your coach’s butt

  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.”   The following reasons are fictional and do not depict any actual person or event. 10. She starts telling you about her marriage problems when you are tacking up your horse. 9. He farts in the barn more than your horse. 8. She asks you to babysit her…

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