Category Archives: Riders

13 things you’ll only know if you actually love dressage

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  It’s well known that dressage is few eventers’ favourite phase. I mean if you loved dressage so much, you’d probably just do straight dressage… Right? Wrong! I am among one of the seemingly rare eventers who actually love dressage. That’s right, I look forward to riding down centerline. Don’t get me wrong, I couldn’t live without cross-country but dressage is definitely something I enjoy. If you are also a dressage lover at heart than too will know/understand these things: 1) The compulsiveness to ensure that every halt is SQUARE.   2) That satisfaction a perfectly timed half-halt gives you….

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Friday’s Fashion – Show shirts to rock the 2017 season

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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… Competition season is well underway and on the weekends your OOTD is your show clothes….

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Coaching isn’t easy – Remember to thank your trainers

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  What makes a great teacher? Is it someone accomplished at a high level?  Someone who has won blue ribbons, Olympic medals, traveled the world, and has a barnful of expensive horses? Success is surely a plus, but not a guarantee that one individual can improve another. Of all the attributes a teacher can have, communication and dedication are probably the most important. Great riders have one thing in common: FEEL. They feel things. They sense things.  They have an innate sense of timing, and natural instincts that are honed with hours of practice and use. Yet, those very attributes are perhaps the most difficult…

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The key difference between a good rider and great one

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  What makes good riders great? Their sense of timing. Riding and training horses requires a lot of feel, and to do it well also relies on applying the right aid at the right time. For example, a lateral leg aid must be applied when the horse can properly respond to it– when that hind leg is just leaving the ground and moving upward. If you close your leg when the horse’s hind leg is going down and weight-bearing, he won’t be able to react in the way you want. This can frustrate both of you! How can you develop…

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Straightforward advice on how to build your horse’s topline

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  Sable Giesler, writer at Eventing Connect, feeds her ‘Munchkins’ bales from Eastern Hay. She highly recommends the quality and service Eastern Hay provides. Eventing Connect makes it a policy to only invite sponsors on our website who provide products and services that our writers and staff proudly use. This post is sponsored by Eastern Hay, the premier source of hay bales in Eastern USA. We all know that it is important to build good topline, which is defined as the muscle cover over the top of the horse’s neck, back and rump, on our horses. But why is it important, and how do…

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Lost a shoe – Five tips to help while you wait for the farrier

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  If your horse wears shoes, it’s inevitable that, at some point, your horse will pull one off.  Usually, such occurrences happen at the worst time, like the day before a show or the day after your farrier goes on vacation.  Though my career of managing horses, I’ve been lucky to have a few with excellent feet who rarely ever lost a shoe.  And then there were those others I’d rather forget: the ones with crappy feet who routinely ripped their shoes off and made the farrier cringe each time I called. Fortunately, I’ve got some decent-footed horses in my…

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Smart Fashion – Elegant and flattering white breeches

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  This series features fashion “must have” items for riders and their horses. Tune in every week with your (or your parents’ or your significant other’s) credit card in hand,  for some excellent fashion finds. Bringing style to the Eventing world one week at a time!  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… It isn’t always easy finding white breeches that flatter…

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Friday’s Five – Valentine’s Day gifts that will win an equestrian’s heart

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  Valentine’s Day is only nine days away so if you have not already got your equestrian partner an amazing gift, you better get moving. Equestrians are tricky to buy for if you are not well versed in the horse world. Do not disappoint the special equestrian in your life by just giving them flowers, which will probably just get fed to the horses or something. Own this Valentine’s Day with one or two of these perfect gifts for equestrians… 1) An all inclusive horseback riding safari vacation in Africa: Go all out this Valentine’s Day and book yourself and your partner a…

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Six tips to assess a horse’s record before you buy

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  You are looking to buy or lease a new horse. How do you consider its competition record? Before you think about going to try a horse, you should look up its record. This will save you time and travel expenses because it will give you a gauge to whether or not the horse is suited to your goals. The horse will have a published record if it has competed at recognized shows; if it has only done schooling shows you should request the results of such competitions from the owner. In the U.S., you can the find public results…

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Rider alert: Pairs to watch at the $100,000 Wellington Eventing Showcase

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  Connect with the Wellington Eventing Showcase action: [Website] [Schedule] [Times] [Results] This Friday and Saturday, 38 talented pairs will be tackling the $100,000 Wellington Eventing Showcase. This is the third year that this prestigious invitational event is running and the last two years, Boyd Martin (USA) has claimed the title. Captain Mark Phillips is the cross-country course designer so we can expect to see a course that will demand accurate riding. Last year, it was far from a dressage show. Rails rained down in the show jumping ring and the time was difficult to make on the short but…

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