Category Archives: Riders

Tips to help with your Thoroughbred purchase: Part 2

Hip 728 bay colt by Sky Mesa - Pinta (Carson City)

In the previous installment, I discussed my obsession with Thoroughbreds and inability to steer clear of any local Thoroughbred sale.  We discussed Hip 115, a Sightseeing filly that met my criteria for an “A” grade. Here is a bit more of my ‘research’ from scoping out the offerings at the Ocala Breeders Sale, June edition. My personal grading scale: A -buy it now B- buy if it’s a bargain C- accept if it’s given to you D- no thanks F- run away screaming   What does a “B” horse look like?   What to Like: Good balance between forehand and…

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Tuesday’s Top 10 – Activities that will get you kicked off the show grounds

WARNING: As awkwardly quiet as it can get during dressage tests, don't scream these facts out with a megaphone.

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.   Tuesday’s Top 10 – Activities that will get you kicked off the show grounds 10. Commentating over your own megaphone beside the dressage ring. 9. Warming up in the barn aisles when it is raining. 8. Lining up at the food truck mounted on your horse. 7. Throwing rocks at the dressage judge in her car. 6. Starting a campfire at…

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OTTB Krazy Koffee brings gift of sanity – Part 2

Krazy Koffee cross-country schooling

Canadian, Robyn Zimmer, shares her story about Krazy Koffee, a Canadian bred, big-winning OTTB, that joined her life when she needed him most.  OTTB Krazy Koffee brings gift of sanity – Part 1   September 2010 – Krazy Koffee retires from racing. Krazy Koffee had started to slow down in his 5-year-old, year of racing so it was decided to retire him sound and with his dignity intact.  In 2008, he was named British Columbia Horse of the Year and was given a full retirement ceremony at Hastings Park racetrack, Vancouver, BC, Canada. His retirement ceremony  From racetrack to dressage barn…

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Spotted: Horse husband in action

Horse-husband in training, Eric, films his fiancee Jackie as she schools cross-country.

After an enthusiastic response to my “Horse-broken Husband” article, I was delighted to see another future horse hubby in action this past Sunday while schooling at the Florida Horse Park. The scene: I had a green horse ready to meet the cross-country stage for the first time.  In the interest of my safety and the green horse’s sanity, I coaxed my dear horse hubby (DHH) to come along on my 22-year-old saintly retired one-star horse. DHH’s riding skills consist of holding the saddle horn, holding the reins, and mildly insisting the horse mosey in an intended direction at slow speed….

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Friday’s Five – Things eventers need to do this summer

Take your dogs to the beach, they deserve a break from the barn too.

  Summertime is here and event season is well underway in most parts of the world. Set some time aside this summer and try doing these five fun things: 5. Go to the beach. So what you have a raging farmer’s tan? Instead of sweltering in the hot summer sun riding another horse, take a day off, and go to the beach. If you really cannot go a day without riding find a beach you can bring your horse to.   4. Have a barn campfire party. Buy some beer (it is a known fact eventers love beer), s’mores ingredients…

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Guide to start Eventing – Keeping it real. What? And how much?

Sylvester Training

  Eventing is a glorious thing in all its forms. No other horse sport requires so much from horse and rider in so many opposing directions, and it is no surprise that it continues to grow and thrive. The camaraderie and close knit community nature of eventing makes it a lovely sport to be involved in, in any capacity, from grass roots to 4*. Of course, it has its well-publicised dark side which, has so sadly contributed to pushing horseback riding to the number one spot in the world’s most dangerous sports – currently ahead of Bull riding and cheerleading….

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My life with Evil Munchkin: Part 3 – From Novice to nuts

Although Rambo cleared this fence at my first CCI1*,  the quality of the round was definitely not good enough to consider an Intermediate upgrade anytime soon.

I rode Evil Munchkin, aka Rambo, for seven years. Together we went from Beginner Novice all the way to the two-star level. This winter, I made the gut-wrenching decision to sell him because I realized it was what needed to happen to keep me in this expensive game and it was time for him to teach someone else the ropes of Eventing. We won our last event together, the Intermediate Rider division at Rocking Horse Winter III H.T., on a Saturday and he was sold and gone to his new owners on the Tuesday. I was an emotional wreck at the time he…

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Tips to help with your Thoroughbred purchase: Part 1

115 Sightseeing filly closeup

I am a Thoroughbred junkie, I fully admit.  I love getting horses off the track and retraining them for Eventing.  I’m always on the lookout for a new prospect. I analyze pedigrees and I have a robust Equibase virtual stable.  Getting horses off the track is always a bit of a gamble, so I do as much ‘homework’ as I possibly can to build confidence to make a good decision. A large part of my research, as I call it, involves going to the Thoroughbred sales at OBS, Keeneland, or Fasig-Tipton.  My years of working for Eaton Sales taught me…

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You can get owners regardless of your level

Owner of Dutch Times, Christina Aharoni, videoing Tik Maynard competing her horse.

As a struggling aspiring rider, it’s easy to look up to the world’s greatest riders and see all their advantages.  They have immense experience, skill, talented horses, and most importantly, supportive funding.  Face it, you can work hard, have the right equine partner, but unless you can afford this expensive sport, it’s nearly impossible to reach your goals.   Owner culture in North America VS Europe Places in Europe, such as Great Britain and Germany, are blessed with a dedicated “Owner Culture” among their horse-loving population.  It is considered prestigious and rewarding to own sport horses there and pay someone…

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From Kenya to America – Eventers are at home all over the world

Ema competing in Kenya.

Eventing Connect is happy to introduce our newest writer/contributer, Ema Klugman. Ema is a 17-year-old from Washington, DC. She brings a unique global perspective on Eventing as she learned to ride in Nairobi, Kenya when she was seven years old, but she is originally from Australia. She has been a member of Pony Club since her time in Nairobi and plans to achieve the A rating this summer. She currently competes at the Intermediate level and also enjoys starting young horses. Outside of the horse world, she is an avid pianist and writer.    I never quite know what to say when someone asks…

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