Category Archives: Riders

17 things you should focus on in 2017


  We are nearly a full month into 2017 and it is time to put some things in place to make this the best year of your riding career thus far. By simply focusing on these 17 straightforward things throughout this year, you will set yourself up for oodles of success. So what are you waiting for? Here is an easy checklist to get the ball rolling for a great year: 1) Train your horse how to stand politely at the mounting block: Horses that don’t stand obediently at the mounting block are annoying and can even be dangerous. Spend…

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A simple jumping exercise that will give you lightening-quick reflexes

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  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. 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 ‘correct’ number of strides between jumps was hindering my riding. I was…

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Introducing angled fences to horses in six simple steps


  Angled fences show up on almost every upper level cross country course around the world. Even if you are currently at the novice level, it’s important to start introducing this concept to yourself and your horse so that you are comfortable with it in the future. A few things to remember about angling fences—you don’t have to be a rider to realize these, you just have to think mathematically. First, when you angle a fence you make it wider. If the table is three feet wide when you jump it perpendicularly, then it may be four or five feet…

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Friday’s Five – Grooming products you cannot compete without

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  Trotting down centerline on an impeccably turned out horse will make a good impression on the dressage judge. Likewise, riding a horse that is groomed to the nines around the competition grounds will make you look like a more polished and professional rider. Plus your show photos will look all the more impressive if your horse is freakishly well turned out. If you want your horse to look Olympic-ready you have to use the right grooming products. Add these must-have products to your arsenal to ensure your horse is always in the front running for the ‘best turned out’…

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Friday’s Fashion – On sale breeches you need to order pronto

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  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… A girl can never have too many pairs of breeches. But dropping $200 a…

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Dressage judge comments scribes did write: Part 23


  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…

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When the going gets tough, keep riding through it

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  Let’s face it: horses will be horses.  We can have wonderful rides at home: relaxed, rhythmic, forward, and obedient…but sometimes when we step foot in public, that’s not what happens.  It can be frustrating, for sure– we know we have a wonderful horse and we want everyone else to see him that way.  Sometimes horses sense this pressure we have to do well in front of a crowd, and things go from bad to worse. What is there to do?  Ride through it.  Embrace the notion that your horse isn’t perfect, that riding isn’t perfect, that life isn’t perfect.  Do…

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One straightforward way to boost your performance in all three phases

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  Can improving just ONE aspect of your riding really boost your performance in all three phases of Eventing? Yes. If you want to notice rapid improvements this year, you need to start working on your accuracy. What do I mean by accuracy? I am referring to how precisely you can control your horse’s direction (steering), stride length and transition timing. Riding inaccurately will cost you marks in dressage, risk run outs on cross-country and drop rails in show jumping. Horses are not machines; they need a lot of training to be responsive enough to be ridden accurately. It is…

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Rider Connect from Bit of Britain: Danielle Beaver

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   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 Danielle Beaver, a young adult who working as a full time groom and moving up the Eventing levels. If you would like to be featured in Rider Connect, email me.   Get to know Danielle I’m 24-years-old and I am head groom and barn manager for Kristen Bond. I am from Fulton, Missouri but now live in Shamong, New Jersey. I started riding when I was around 10-years-old. I began at a summer riding camp because I love…

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2016′s most fascinating Eventer – Rebecca Howard

Rebecca Howard rode Riddle Master to a 10th place finish in both the individual and team standings.

    Very few people can look back at their life and say they fulfilled a childhood dream. How many can say they did it twice and also earn a rare spot in their nation’s record books? Rebecca Howard joins only one Canadian Eventer ever to finish in the top 10 at an Olympic games. Robin Hahn placed 9th at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics. But they are the only two Canadians to have top 10 results in history. Even the 1956 Canadian bronze medal winning team, all placed lower than 10th individually. 2016 was Rebecca’s year and in addition…

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