Category Archives: Riders

Tuesday’s Top 10 – Things your horse thinks about winter in the North

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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.”   We are well into February and Northern horses have been having sharing some shocking concerns about surviving winter. After combing through thousands of emails from complaining horses, these ten really stood out… Tuesday’s Top 10 – Things your horse thinks about winter in the North 10. “Thank…

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What eventers need to remember when life seemingly falls apart

My first real Eventer, Shrunk n da Wash. After having to put him down after a cross country accident when I was 12, I cried every day for weeks. I don't know why, but as Eventers we kick on.

  Eventers are used to disappointment. In fact, not long ago I had a coach tell me that this sport is 90% disappointment. However, I can’t help myself, I love Eventing. I can’t wait for each new day just to start the routine again. The days are long and repetitive and the biggest reward is when you have a moment with your pony that shows progress. Progress comes in various forms on the horse and off the horse. Every day my horses teach me as much as I teach them. I know that there is not a job that I…

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Friday’s Fashion – Elegant hair accessories to own the show ring

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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. Lets 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…   Taking care of your hair is not an easy task, so quit shoving…

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Dressage judge comments scribes did write: Part 24

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  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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What conformation feature do four-star horses have in common?

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  In 2012, I attended the Wednesday jog at Rolex with a particular mission in mind. I was preparing to breed my mare for an event baby, and I had been spending hours analyzing the conformation of particular stallions and their offspring, and how that would fit my mare. I wanted to produce an elite athlete capable of Eventing at the Advanced level. Just what does that animal look like? So I set out to answer my question at Rolex’s first horse inspection. If you want to see successful upper level eventers, that’s a good place to be. My main…

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14 common sayings that have no place in the horse world

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  There are dozens of common sayings that people use frequently, many of which even mention horses. However, some of these sayings are not suitable for use in the horse world. If you use one of these sayings when chatting with an equestrian you will confuse of maybe even offend them. So remember to keep these sayings out of the barn… Saying: “Straight from the horse’s mouth.” Equestrian’s reaction: Last I checked, horses don’t talk. Are you all right?   Saying: “Too big for your breeches.” Equestrian’s reaction: Thanks for calling me fat, asshole…   Saying: “Dark horse.” Equestrian’s reaction:…

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Tuesday’s Top 10 – Why horses make better Valentines than humans

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  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.”   Tuesday’s Top 10 – Why horses make better Valentines than humans 10. Your horse doesn’t take any offence to having to sleep in the barn, while you get to stretch out on your king size bed. 9. Preparing a Valentine’s special dinner for your horse does…

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What every high school equestrian needs to know about riding and studies – from Bit of Britain

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  We are excited to bring you updates throughout the year from Bit of Britain’s 2017 Top Riders. Today, the Gold Sponsorship winner, Haley Carspecken shares some valuable insight about how she juggles riding and high school. Share this blog with all of your rider friends currently in high school to provide them some encouragement and tips.   What every high school equestrian needs to know about riding and studies – from Bit of Britain by Haley Carspecken My experience of being an equestrian athlete in high school has been both challenging and positive. Without a doubt, equestrian sports are…

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Riding is funny business – Replacing vanity with humour

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  Have you laughed today? If your life involves horses, this sport will keep throwing you nasty curve balls. The only way to sustain your energy and passion is to approach it with humour. I don’t ride; I was dragged into Eventing by a horse crazy daughter. She lives and breathes this crazy ass life from the moment she wakes up until her head hits the pillow. She likely dreams about the sport too. Although she is an Eventer, her competitive career began in the hunter world. At 11 years of age she entered her first show. There were nine…

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Eventing philanthropists: Four ways riders can lend a hand without parting with a dime

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  Philanthropy should be a part of everyone’s life. It’s not just big companies with a lot of dispensable income that should be urged to participate in giving back to the Eventing community. Often riders reach out for support from fans, students and family to raise money to get to big competitions. That is part of the sport and we are lucky that we are part of a community with incredibly generous members who are willing to step up and help athletes realize their dreams. However, it is everyone’s responsibility to have their own social awareness and to give a…

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