Category Archives: Missed it?

18 thoughts that have crossed our minds while packing for a horse show


  Packing for a horse show brings on a mixed bag of emotions ranging from deathly stress to sheer excitement. Horse show packing is a lengthy affair, no matter how many times you have done it. You need tack, grooming accessories, hay, feed, your clothing, enough emergency medical supplies to stitch your horse’s leg back on (should your mount try to remove it during the trailer ride), etc. While you spend the better part of your afternoon packing for an upcoming event, here are some thoughts that are likely cross your mind: 1) I wish my horse would just pack…

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Put your money where your riding goals are – Prioritize your spending

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  Equestrian sports are very expensive. Everything from your horse’s grain to show entry fees costs a small fortune. Odds are that you do not have unlimited funds to spend on your horses and training. If you want to succeed in this sport, you should spend your money wisely. It is way too easy to drop money on things in the horse world that will NOT further your riding goals. I have always tried to be extremely conscious how I spend my money and this has positively impacted my riding career. You too can improve your riding more rapidly by…

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Who is the ‘five-star’ Prelim jumper at Rocking Horse? You decide…vote now.


  VOTING IS CLOSED. RESULTS WILL BE ANNOUNCED FEB. 3. 2017 Over the weekend, hundreds of talented riders were contesting at Rocking Horse Winter I Horse Trials in Altoona, Florida. The weather was on the brisk side (by Florida standards) but the sun was shining so nobody minded the cooler temperatures. On Friday, after walking my courses I treated myself to watching some cross-country action and photographed the Open Preliminary One-Day divisions. I captured pics of 28 pairs tackling the challenging water, which was a big hanging log into the water and then a sizeable brush jump out. Check out the…

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Last Week TODAY

Photo via @DanJocelyn on Twitter.

  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.   Great last days skiing with these clowns @kiwieventer @tim_rusbridge @timpricenzl @wayfarerevent1 and #wardy — Dan Jocelyn (@DanJocelyn) January 28, 2017   First xc school of 2017 was a success for the #LAESQUAD! What a great way to bring in a new week ahead! #pumpitup #bringiton #michaelphelpsingit (video creds shout out to @lynneawoody and @carina.eventing) A video posted by Lainey Ashker (@laineyea) on Jan 29, 2017 at 5:45pm PST   I think…

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Five events you need to attend in 2017 (with or without a horse)

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  It is already February and some of the best events in North America are rapidly approaching. But don’t worry if you and your horse are not ready right now because these events are actually equally or maybe even more fun to go as a spectator than a competitor. Going to events as a spectator not only makes for a great time but it is also educational. Mark these events on your 2017 calendar because there is no better way to spend a weekend than at a world-class event: 1) Red Hills International (March 10th to 12th in Tallahassee, Florida) – This event…

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Save money and clear clutter – 7 tips to host a successful ‘Tack Swap’

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  A few weeks ago, I shared tips on how to “Unclutter your riding life” by donating, selling and throwing away horsey items that you are no longer using. Another option you have is hosting a ‘tack swap’. This is an event where you and fellow riders get together and trade horsey items with one another. A tack swap is the perfect opportunity to quickly get rid of the things you do not need, while acquiring the things you desperately need at zero cost. Perhaps you’ve become a saddle pad hoarder but your bit collection is severely lacking; the good…

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Mesmerizing equestrian wedding pictures that will have you dreaming

Photo via @rachelhowertonphoto on Instagram.

  Horse people are not typically the type to fantasize endlessly over a dream wedding. Riders barely have enough time for basic life necessities such as eating and sleeping; let alone time to sleuth around the internet planning a wedding when they are still single. But when riders eventually stumble upon their Prince (or Princess) Charming and fall in love, they tend to have pretty badass weddings. This is because a) horse people know how to party and b) wedding pictures with horses are unparalleled. Here are ? equestrian weddings that may actually cause you to think about your own future wedding for the…

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You CANNOT substitute cross-country schooling with show jumping training

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  Eventing requires horses and riders to master dressage, show jumping and cross-country. Each week, we routinely work on our dressage schooling, show jumping, we do our gallop sets and hack but we do not get out to cross-country school on a regular basis.  Many of us train with pure dressage and show jumping coaches and not a pure cross-country coach. So why do you not practice cross-country more frequently? There are the obvious reasons like lack of access to cross-country schooling fields. I know that I am guilty of not regularly cross-country schooling when I had cross-country facilities at my…

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Being good at death – It’s part of the deal for horse owners


  Perhaps the hardest part of owning a horse, is losing a horse. Nobody escapes it. Sometimes, you get lucky and the horse does it for you. Mostly though, the decision to end life falls to the owner, and it’s one of the hardest calls any horse lover will have to make. I haven’t put pen to paper for a few weeks. I simply haven’t had anything worth saying, and my customary cynical humour has deserted me somewhat. On December 22nd, I said a last farewell to a horse that meant the world to me. This time, though, it wasn’t…

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Tuesday’s Top 10 – Horse thoughts that will leave you speechless

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  WARNING: Only read if you have a sense of humour Check in 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.”   10. When you pull my mane and tail, I fantasize about scalping you. 9. Sometimes I fake a limp because I have a crush on the vet. 8. I really do not give a rat’s ass when I pull down a rail; why does it bother you so…

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