Category Archives: Riders

Follow these four tips to start your Eventing season successfully

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  Given that lots of riders spend the winter months down south and thus start competing quite early in the year, this article might be late for a portion of event riders in the U.S. However, for those riders (like me!) who winter up north and perhaps give their horses an extended holiday, the following tips for having a good debut may prove useful. I’ll use myself as an example–I just ran my first horse trial of the year at Fair Hill with my two geldings. 1) Realistically evaluate your and your horse’s state of fitness. Are you and your…

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What no one tells you about riding after you turn 21

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  The year you turn 21-years-old, is your final year as a young rider. As your glorious and promising young rider years come to a close, things suddenly become very real. You are now a senior rider, and it is time to either pull your big kid breeches on or liquidate your horsey possessions and pursue a non-equestrian life. Decisions, decisions… I have made a choice to stick it out in the Eventing world because I cannot fathom any other lifestyle but I certainly do not feel like anything is going easily. As a junior rider (under 18), I felt…

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11 “Oh no you didn’t” moments every horse owner has faced

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  Horses are like toddlers on steroids. Actually, they’re more like Godzilla-sized toddlers on steroids that NEVER grow up. But that’s okay because you’re an equestrian and you love your horse(s) no matter what havoc it wreaks. However, there are moments when your horse does something so unnecessary and savage that all you can say is, “Oh no you didn’t!” Here are 11 examples of these moments… 1) When you go to clean your horse’s water bucket only to discover it managed to poop in it.     2) You give your horse a flake of hay, it promptly paws…

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The big ‘A’ – Why this milestone is just the beginning

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  When I called my trainer, Packy McGuaghan, after Carolina International to ask whether I could move up to Advanced, he gave me an answer I didn’t really understand. He said ‘maybe.’ Here was an Eventing god, a man with answers to any and all obscure training problems, a voice of wisdom from competition strategies to veterinary procedures to conditioning schedules, telling me for the first time that he couldn’t answer my question. Surely he knew if the horse had it in him, didn’t he? You see, the thing about Bendigo is that he’s full of surprises. He can have…

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Rider Connect from Bit of Britain: Hayley Smith

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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 Hayley Smith, a professional rider who is working her way up the Eventing levels. If you would like to be featured in Rider Connect, email me.   Get to know Hayley I just turned 24, and I am the barn manager/groom of event barn “CDP Stables,” which is owned by Charlie Plumb. I’m originally from Sanford, NC, and have been riding since I was 4-years-old. I am currently riding at Training level and I have big plans for…

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Delving into the minds of four-star riders – Joe Meyer (NZL)

Joe and Clip Clop at 2016 Fair Hill International.

  There is a significant difference between an equestrian and an Eventer. Equestrians push their minds and bodies of themselves and their horses to great lengths for sport, for fun, or perhaps to maintain their health. Eventers push their minds and abilities to the farthest possible limit with their equine partners while simultaneously taking calculated risks where a split second decision can be costly. At the highest level of Eventing, four-star Eventers are in a class of their own. These extreme athletes are who we look to when trying to understand and measure what is possible for an equine partnership…

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Finding motivation when life gets busy – 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 Silver Sponsorship winner, Nick Madsen shares how he finds motivation when life gets very hectic. Share this blog with your friends and family to remind them what an important part of the Eventing world that Thoroughbreds are. Finding motivation by Nick Madsen There is no doubt that life can get really busy. And factor in an equestrian sport and it’s enough to make anyone pull their hair out. Eventing is a unique sport because it incorporates three extremely hard disciplines. Each discipline requires precision,…

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Four-word horror stories: Horse edition

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  WARNING: Uncensored language. But all in fun. Cruising around the internet the other day, I came across a meme that said ‘four-word horror story – eliminated at fence one’. Hilarious. Except that it very nearly happened to me, two weeks ago at a show. It was sort of like ‘Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, show jumping version’, and was made all the more stupidly infuriating when the horse went on to jump clear in the next class… Anyway, it got me thinking. The scope for Eventing four-word horror stories is endless. ‘Help! Stuck in coffin’ ‘Bolted in dressage test’…

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Why selfish equestrians are happier and more successful

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  I have noticed that there are two types of Eventers. I am not going to start naming names but I think you will be able to quickly assess what riders belong in each group. The unselfish group: This group is large and does okay but I would not consider them the most successful in terms of riding results or business savvy. They are friendly and kind, but they tend to not be as happy. They are very helpful but they are also complainers. They are not as confident and don’t bask in a glow of satisfaction when it comes…

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Rider Connect from Bit of Britain: Katerina Garcia-Chope

Katerina and Simplicity. Photo by Shannon Brinkman.

   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 Katerina Garcia-Chope, a dedicated junior rider with plans to compete at NAJYRC in the future. If you would like to be featured in Rider Connect, email me.   Get to know Katerina I am 14-years-old, and I live in Westborough, Massachusetts. I do not have a job, but I do go to Bancroft School in Worcester, where I play three seasons of sports on top of riding. I started taking riding lessons at a small hunter/jumper barn at…

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