Category Archives: Riders

Friday’s Five – Things to do for you during the off-season

Eventing season has come to a close for the year, in most areas of the world. You have spent all year tirelessly looking after your horse(s) and now it is time to look after yourself. With no events to attend on the weekends you have a bit of extra spending money and time.   Five ways to treat yourself during the off-season –  you definitely deserve it: 1. Join a gym – Do not wait until New Years before your start working on your three-day body. Join the gym immediately. With less riding and other barn related physical activities in…

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Who are the top 2015 Eventing sires? The Rolex WBFSH ranking is here.

The Rolex World Breeding Federation for Sport Horses (WBFSH) Eventing Sire rankings for 2015 has been released. This ranking, lists the top 50 stallions with successful offspring at the international level in Eventing. If you are looking to purchase or breed a horse it is worth your time to check out these proven stallions. What is WBFSH? WBFSH is a non-profit federation of sport horse studbooks from around the world that promotes the common interests of its member studbooks and acts as a representative for the sport horse-breeding sector. Currently, the Rolex WBFSH sire rankings are highly valued as the…

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Schoolmaster and naughty youngster – Bridging the training gap

Reading Ema’s article “The blind leading the blind: Do you need a schoolmaster?” made me recall how much I was able to learn when I was riding a schoolmaster and an exceptionally naughty youngster. I was 14-years-old when my parents bought me Evil Munchkin (aka Rambo) (My life with Evil Munchkin series) a talented but difficult 5-year-old. In 2009 when he was 6-years-old I was competing him at the Novice (Pre-Training) level and hitting the dirt weekly on average. He could have made a name for himself as a bronco horse at the Calgary Stampede… My confidence as a rider…

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Planning your competition schedule for next year – Seven step guide

For most of us in North America, the 2015 eventing season has wrapped up.  Our horses are enjoying a little down time– some longer than others, depending on your winter climate.  Still, it’s never to early to start looking ahead to next season.  Since I’m very goal-oriented and driven to succeed, I like to develop a “road map” for the upcoming competition year and start planning early.   What guidelines do I use to develop a competition schedule? 1. Identify your end goal (AECs, Area Championships, CCI, etc) and review the qualifications necessary for you and your horse.  Is this goal realistic?  Is it…

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USEF 2016 Eventing high performance training lists announced

The USEF Eventing High Performance Committee has approved the following athletes to the High Performance Winter/Spring Training Lists and the Eventing 25 and Eventing 18 programs for 2016. The High Performance athletes will participate in training sessions with U.S. Eventing Team Coach David O’Connor, while the Eventing 25 and 18 athletes will work with USEF Eventing Developing Rider Coach Leslie Law in their respective training sessions. Training session dates and locations will be announced at a later date. High Performance World Class List: Will Coleman (Gordonsville, Va.) Phillip Dutton (West Grove, Pa.) Lauren Kieffer (Middleburg, Va.) Boyd Martin (Cochranville, Pa.)…

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William Fox-Pitt has flown to UK to continue recovery

We have very positive update on William’s progress today from his website this morning. “William continues to make really good progress from the head injury he suffered following a fall at Lion D’Angers on 17th October.  As a result he flew back to England yesterday and his rehabilitation will now continue here. His wife Alice says:  “His recovery is likely to take time, but he is up and about and improving day by day.  We are exceptionally grateful for the huge amount of support we have received.” The family continue to ask for privacy as William recovers.” William has been…

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There’s more to Ocala than Horse Trials – Guide to other activities

The USEA has already posted the provisional schedule for 2016 horse trials (scroll down).  If you’re heading to Ocala for the winter, you’ll be aware of the typical horse trial offerings at the Florida Horse Park, Rocking Horse, Red Hills, and a new venue, Three Lakes at Caudle Ranch. But going south for the winter isn’t just about competing.  It’s about developing your horse and enriching your riding education, and there’s no better place for that than Ocala.  With the huge number of horse show professionals that congregate here, there is ample opportunity to take lessons from some of the world’s…

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New USEF rule: Your horse must be vaccinated to compete

You might not be aware of this new rule, but to compete in USEF competitions in any discipline, after December 1, 2015, your horse must have proof of vaccinations for EHV (rhino) and EVI (influenza).  The rule is GR 845.1, which states:   GR845 Equine Vaccination Rule [CHAPTER 8-F Welfare of the Horse] 1. At Federation licensed competitions, horses more than 7 months of age, entering the grounds must be accompanied by documentation of Equine Influenza Virus and Equine Herpes Virus (Rhinopneumonitis) vaccinations within six months prior to entering the stables. Horses not in compliance with this rule may be…

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My two-year-old colt’s recent adventure – Surviving a chaotic roping practice

In some ways, my colt Harley is mature for his age.  While some young horse are a bit wide-eyed and innocent about the whole world, he is brash and cocky.  He is physically well developed, with good muscle tone and natural balance.  However, he can still be somewhat emotional and is very easily distracted or bored.  He knows his job and has a decent work ethic, but can also be lazy and will test you often to see where the boundaries are (“yup, that’s the line there buddy…same place it was yesterday, same place it will be tomorrow.”)  Much of this is just his mental immaturity–…

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Future four-star mare – Goresbridge auction

Goresbridge auction (November 9-11th) [Website] [Catalogue]  I just want to clarify that this is not a sponsored feature and not part of our advertising contract with Goresbridge. As I was reviewing the catalogue and dreaming, I needed to share my thoughts on some very interesting prospects and open up the airwaves for discussion about what to look for in a new horse. Dear Santa or future owner, I realize that I have not ridden around a three-star yet, but this mare has the potential to take me around a four-star in a few years time. I have been a very good…

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