Category Archives: Riders

16 Reasons why grooms are way overpaid

  Grooms are definitely the highest paid people in the horse industry. We all know that everyone in the horse world struggles financially expect those darn grooms. The grooms are raking in the dough and barely even doing any work in exchange. Who wouldn’t want to live the posh and relaxing lifestyle of an average groom? If your groom ever asks for a raise just remember how overpaid he/she already is… 1. Grooms always get put up in the flashiest hotels when they travel to horse shows…     2. They get all the credit for the horses’ success.  …

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How to improve your cross-country riding by thinking like a Course Designer

  How often do you hear riders while looking at fences while walking cross-country say “What was the course designer thinking?” Not often enough. The job of course designers is to design questions that riders of that level are able to answer. They are not evil human beings who thrive off of setting up fences that are nearly impossible to jump just to trick out innocent riders. Course designers really want their courses to ride safely, give both horses and riders confidence and promote excellent riding. I attended the two-day Equine Canada 2015 Senior Course Design Forum with Mike Etherington-Smith…

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Three days, three ways: The unconventional student, rider, and worker – from Bit of Britain

  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 what makes Eventing such a special sport and eventers tick. Share this blog with your friends to remind them how incredible Eventing is… Why Do We Event? Is it the countless hours spent out at the barn? Is it the rushed preparation for horse shows? Is it the long nights hanging out with your horse because you fear they might be colicking (Hypothetically speaking of course!). I’m assuming the answer is no, not necessarily. However, we do…

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Does your horse have the letter ‘A’ in its name? You could win a custom Perri’s halter

  We are thrilled to partner with Perri’s Leather and bring you a monthly contest to celebrate horse names and have some fun. For the next few months, you will have an opportunity to enter a contest that will be judged by our readers. If our readers choose your entry, you will win a beautiful ‘Amish made’ Perri’s leather halter with an engraved plate to show off your horse’s winning name. Enter this month’s contest if your horse’s name has the letter ‘A’ in it Any horse name that has the letter ‘A’ in it will be accepted into the…

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Tuesday’s Top 10 – Delusions most riders suffer from

  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.”   10. If I keep breeding my old mare, I will eventually produce an Olympic winner. 9. I will be a working student until one day, my boss’s owners will realize my talent and give me all the rides. 8. Okay I fell off; odds are I won’t fall…

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The art of schooling cross-country questions – Sponsored by MD Barnmaster

  MD Barnmaster is the leader in custom designed barns, horse housing, professional equestrian facilities, horse stalls, modular buildings and barn accessories. Build A Better Barn. Contact MD Barnmaster today.   Phillip Dutton, Mark Todd, Andrew Nicholson, Ingrid Klimke. These riders have seen a lot. Riding successfully around cross-country courses at the four-star level for 30 years or more means that they have studied, experienced, and reflected on thousands of different questions that course designers have posed. When I rode with Phillip for the first time a few days ago, it was clear that decades of competing at the highest…

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Delving into the minds of four-star riders – Sara Kozumplik Murphy (USA)

  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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My miracle bit story – What’s your magic bit?

  Some horses are easy: they wear the same tack for dressage, cross-country, and show jumping. It makes for an uncluttered tackroom, less leather to clean, and simplicity. And then there are the others – fire-breathing dragons on cross-country, heavy lugs who pull, root, or fling their head in your face as you desperately try to maintain some semblance of control. You pull up (eventually) after the finish flags, and cross another bit off your list. French link snaffle Slow twist Waterford Pelham Bigger pelham Gag 3-ring 3-ring with curb strap Myler D port with hooks It seems the quest…

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Top 10 dressage judge comments of 2017 so far

  People from all over the world read, Tuesday’s Top 10 – Dressage judge comments scribes were NOT allowed to write in 2015. Over the last two and a half years, 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  – Dressage judge comments scribes did write. So far this series has been going for two years strong. The dressage judges who let their scribes write these comments certainly were not sugar coating anything. Thank-you to all the riders who shared these hilarious, real life…

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Five perfect university and college options for equestrians

  The other week, I shared some career options for people looking to work in the horse industry. But what if you aspire to make a living by coaching, riding, selling horses and using other typical equestrian income streams? Many top riders did not pursue further education after attaining their high school degrees but plenty of pros are University graduates. You do not have to put your riding on hold when you go to school because there are numerous well-respected schools that offer horse-related programs. Learning about horses while still riding is an equestrian’s dream and it can be your reality….

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