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16 Eventers to watch in 2016

With the first 2016 North American horse trial to kick off this weekend with Equiventures in Ocala, FL, riders are pumped and ready to tackle that last leg of the ride to Rio. Fans are following along earnestly while wondering and predicting who will be the final four for each nation. In no particular order, here are 16 riders that had some interesting results in 2015 and are vying for a coveted 2016 Olympic team spot. For the next few months, tune into this varied group of youth and veterans as they give it their all and ride for a…

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Another kind of working student – Riding through the African safari

Those of us who pursue eventing know that education is integral to progress. As I described in my last article, working student positions can be wonderful ways to learn. Over the last five or six years I’ve worked for a couple of dressage instructors, a three-star rider in Australia, and a former USET member. From each of them I’ve learned not only how to ride but also how to run a barn—from breeding operations to competition stables to lesson programs. In a few days, however, I’ll be trying out a new kind of working student gig. It involves large game…

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My Horse’s Closet: A blanketing guide

I have a confession. My horse’s wardrobe is 10000x greater than my own. On a daily basis, I spend much more time contemplating my horse’s outfit than what I wear. My husband probably thinks I’m a horse blanket hoarder. And he might be right, but I am not ashamed. Over the years, I have acquired a fair number of horse blankets. When you have one horse, you probably have one set of necessities: one turnout sheet, one turnout blanket, an anti-sweat sheet, and perhaps a cotton show sheet. As you accumulate more horses, it’s only logical that you have more…

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Working student guide: Get the most out of your experience

Most of the world’s top riders were once someone’s working student. Being a working student will NOT earn you heaps of money but the experience you can gain is priceless. However, not all working students flourish into successful riders. If you want to gain the most out of your working student position, here are some tips to get most out of experience:   1) Work for someone who is worth your time. I’ve seen so many people become working students for professionals who have themselves not competed above Preliminary. Even if the student does not want to go past Training level, they will…

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Assessing whether an OTTB will make a good Eventing prospect: EightTwentyFive

This is the start of a new series examining off-track Thoroughbreds by evaluating their sport potential from pedigree and conformation.  If you’d like to participate, send us your OTTB’s Jockey Club registered name and a quality conformation photo (with photographer’s permission, of course).  Submissions will be published in the order that they are received. This week’s OTTB is EightTwentyFive, a 2010 bay gelding by Kitten’s Joy. Thanks to his owner MV for sharing him with us! Pedigree EightTwentyFive is a 2010 gelding by Kitten’s Joy out of Indyan Lisa (by Lemon Drop Kid). If I saw this pedigree in a catalog book, I’d fold the page corner–…

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Tuesday’s Top 10 – Headlines that NEVER happened in 2015

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.”   10. Mark Todd retires and moves to tropical island to swim with dolpins. 9. Longines puts up $100,000 in prize money for EVERY FEI event. 8. Canadian Eventing High Performance management attends USEA Convention to get tips on how to run a successful Eventing program (Actually, it may have happened….

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The neglected gait – Three steps to boost your dressage scores

Walking is a judged gait in every dressage test, starting from Beginner Novice all the way up to the four-star level. As you move up the levels, the walk work becomes more challenging. From Beginner Novice to the Preliminary level you will only have to execute a free walk and a medium walk. However, once you reach the one-star level you will be required to show an extended walk. By the two-star level you need to be able to execute a turn on the haunches (pirouette) at the walk. The walk counts for a minimum of two movements in every…

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Improve your reaction time – Jumping on command

It is impossible to prepare yourself for every situation that you could possibly encounter when jumping a course. To be a successful rider you need to react quickly in the saddle. Riding on the right side of your brain will improve your reaction time. There is one other exercise that I find very useful to engage the right side of my brain – Jumping on command with unknown striding between the jumps. Ian Roberts, Canadian Olympian and one of my coaches taught me this exercise to establish better riding instinct for jumping. He found that my fixation with getting the…

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Deciphering New Zealand’s formula for success

I always wondered how a country with a population of just over four million people could have such consistent and impressive success in eventing on the international scale. Juxtaposed with the United States, population approximately 300 million, New Zealand is diminutive, and that’s an overstatement. I spent the last month backpacking and hiking around the country; however, I did spend a bit of time around horses and on farms. I even visited the Puhinui International Three-Day and walked the two- and three-star courses. Kiwis are notoriously bold cross-country riders. You’ve got Mark Todd, multiple Olympic and World champion, still a…

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Last Week TODAY

  #snowbirdselfies A photo posted by Lainey Ashker (@laineyea) on Jan 3, 2016 at 3:57pm PST   Looking forward to the New Year and firmly putting 2015 in the past. Happy New everyone!! #LiveLifeLikeYouMeanIt #YehBoi #ShadowSportsHorses #lovingLife #likeABoss #2016 # A photo posted by Ben Hobday (@benhobday) on Dec 31, 2015 at 12:33pm PST   Hands down BEST moment of 2015. Thank you all so much for being a part of it .Do what you love & follow your dreams. || @joulesclothing @hihosilveruk @ariateurope @animo_is @selleria_equipe_official @bucas_ireland @mitsubishimotorsuk A photo posted by E • K (@emilykingg_) on Dec 31, 2015…

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