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Dressage judge comments scribes did write – Part 6

Rambo dressage

WARNING: Uncensored language. But all in fun. 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, Dressage judge comments scribes did write,  Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 and Part 5. 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…

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Last Week TODAY


  The 5.00 alarm not appreciated this morning! On way to Rosamund Green farm Xc schooling tune up before the big one!! #ArcticSoul #Quicklook — Gemma Tattersall (@GTeventing) August 31, 2015     Whoever is playing country music at this time of the morning. Can you pls turn that shit off!!. It’s still the middle of the night for me — Joe Meyer (@JoeMeyerEvntr) August 29, 2015   Kit arrived for @LRBHT_Official trot up from @AHumeClothing THANKYOU #rmwilliams #smart&comfortable — Bill Levett (@billlevett) August 28, 2015     Happy “Bob the Builder” morning with all my boy’s toys at…

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Horse grooming nightmares – I almost had to amputate my horse’s forelock

Kermit with a burr infested forelock.

What the hell is wrong with my horse’s forelock?! – My first thought yesterday morning. I began assessing why Kermit’s forelock was in a giant clump and came to the realization that he must have been rolling around in a plant with burrs. Panic began to set in. Would I ever get this mess detangled? Or would I have to amputate – AKA roach off his entire forelock and mane (to match). Fortunately with patience and Show Sheen I was able to save his forelock. After breathing a sigh of relief I suddenly had a flashback to all of the…

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Seven tests every eventer must pass on their road to success


Eventing will challenge you on an athletic and personal level daily. If you want to be a successful eventer you are going to experience challenge and discomfort throughout your career. What separates eventers from average humans is our ability to endure agonizing situations for the sake of competing. Unfortunately, once you have successfully suffered through some of these inevitable tests, there are no guarantees that you won’t have to go through them again.   1. Falling off in the water – Eventually, you will get wet on cross-country. I was Baptized by the Eventing Gods in May [Swimming in the…

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It’s his passion and life and Andrew Nicholson is still aiming for the 2016 Olympics

Andrew Nicholson.

Andrew Nicholson gives complete details about his fall and surgery in a radio interview (listen below) with  Matt Brown on New Zealand Radio Sport. Walking back to his lorry after the fall and not a fan of hospitals, Andrew accepted that  that something was seriously, wrong and requested a doctor. It became apparent after the scans that he was seriously injured and it was a miracle that he was not showing signs of paralysis. Before the eight hour operation, surgeon Jeremy Reynolds, warned Andrew that 99 percent of patients with this injury will suffer paralysis, however, Andrew Nicholson was not…

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Facts about you that will turn your non-horsey friends into Eventing fans

Boyd Martin and Pancho Villa at the 2015  Jersey Fresh CCI3*, where they placed 3rd.

Eventing is an adrenaline rush for riders and fans. To grow the sport we all have a responsibility to spread the word about what a blast it is to attend a competition. The fact that the entire gamut of Eventing athletes from beginner to Olympian can be seen at almost any show makes it particularly impressive. If people outside the sport are aware of this dynamic and how easy it is to attend a show, they may be more likely to support it as either a spectator, owner, rider, sponsor, etc. People outside of the horse world do not have…

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Horses are always trying to kill themselves


It started as any other morning. I had hay, grain, and water in the stalls. I fed the mares who live outside. And then I went to bring in the three boys from the front paddock. As usual, the 2-year-old colt was first at the gate. Not as usual, he had a large, deep gash gaping open on his neck. He looked at me expectantly, ‘I WANT BREAKFAST!’ And his pasture mates crowded behind, wondering what was taking me so long to get halters on. I continued to stare at the giant wound, a dozen thoughts running through my head…

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Tuesday’s Top 10 – Ways to live your Eventing “Evil Twin” life

Cheer like banshees during a dressage test.

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.   Ways to live your Eventing “Evil Twin” life 10. If someone calls a jump in warm-up, speed up and cut in front of them so you can lead the way. 9. Park your trailer as close beside someone else’s trailer as you can. No sense wasting space. 8. Pay at the food stand in small change. It is worth taking the time to…

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How to shop at a Thoroughbred auction

Hip 17  First Dude - Evil Envy

In the OBS August preview, I discussed using the sale catalog to whittle down 800 entered horses to a manageable list of about 100. Or less, depending on the time you have available to shop and how picky you are in your selection. Nonetheless, you have chosen a group of horses that interest you and it’s time to meet them in person. To the uninitiated, Thoroughbred sales are a bit intimidating. At their busiest, it’s a haphazardly-organized chaos of baby horses milling around in all directions, hopefully still attached to a capable handler. Groups of clients stand among bloodstock agents,…

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Pretty or gritty – What is your go to riding style?

Bendigo in the preliminary at The Maryland Horse Trials.

A few months ago, my trainer hypothesized that my tough, determined approach to riding derives from the blue-blooded Aussie in me, but I think it could also be attributed to my initial introduction to riding. He suggested that this quality gave me a competitive edge in the cross-country phase of eventing. It hindered my ability to refine the other two phases, however, unlike a kid who grew up in the hunter/jumper/equitation world. I don’t aim to argue that one approach to teaching riding is better than the other. I am simply pointing out a distinctive difference between how I grew…

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