Category Archives: Riders

Where the weather sucks and the riders rock…

Irish Horse And Ancient Round Tower

  Ireland is a peculiar country. It is tiny rocky yet simultaneously boggy island in westernmost Europe, with hardly anyone living here. The rest of the world enjoys a curious relationship with the Irish – our government is ridiculed, the weather is a joke, we are the victims of mass stereotyping which largely underwrites our tourism industry (Bottle of Irish air, anyone? Another pint? A leprechaun, perhaps?) and yet we are also largely feared, admired and respected. As a country, we punch way above our weight in arts and literature, in business and in tourism. We are also knee-deep in…

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The show jumping warm-up tactic that you need to know


  Do you ever wish that you could ride around your show jumping course once for warm-up before having to jump it in competition? You can practice jumping a million different courses at home but the one you will have to jump at your next event will not be identical to any of your schooling rounds. So how is it possible to ride the exact course that is set at your next event before entering the show ring? Simple; ride the course in warm-up. Four-star winner and Canadian team coach, Clayton Fredericks, taught me this warm-up trick. How to ride…

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Rider Connect from Bit of Britain: Grace Emmett

Grace Emmett & Naughty By Nature

  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 Grace Emmett, a Canadian Young Rider with dreams of representing her country in the future. If you would like to be featured in Rider Connect, email me.   Get to know Grace My name is Grace Emmett and I am a 17-year-old Young Rider from Collingwood, Ontario. Just like any young horse-crazy girl I begged my parents for a pony every day until finally at age six I started riding lessons and was forever hooked….

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Four-star event horses defying age and still competing at 18 years of age or more

Laine Ashker (USA) and Anthony Patch at the 2015 Rolex CCI4*.

  Most event horses’ careers start to wind down when they reach about 16-years-old. Eventing is a tough sport and years at the top levels take their toll on our mounts. But there are the rare horses who withstand the test of time and have gone on competing at four-stars into their twenties. You have to give the riders, owners and support team behind these equine athletes credit – it is not easy keeping a horse happily competing into its senior years. Let’s take a moment to be amazed over some of the veteran event horses in North America that…

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Friday’s Five – Baby products you need in your grooming arsenal

Sorry kid, those diapers are for my horse's hooves.

  You might feel a bit uneasy navigating the baby aisle at a store if you are happily childless. But many products that work well on babies also work well on horses. Weird, I know but true. Before your next event swing by the baby section and stock up on these items that will make your grooming job a lot easier: 1) Baby powder – Did your horse manage to get a yucky stain on its white hind sock on the way to the event? Is your grey horse’s tail more like a palomino colour? Do your horse’s cross-country boots…

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Friday’s Fashion – Complete your riding wardrobe with these stylin’ long sleeve shirts

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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. Let’s 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… No riding wardrobe is complete without a collection of stylish and practical long sleeve shirts. For days…

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2017 New Zealand eventing squads announced

Mark Todd and NZB Campino

  The High Performance Squad Let’s just start off by whining that there is still no inclusion of Andrew Nicholson despite an amazing 2016 season! So with that out of the way….the Kiwis still have so amazing talent. Aiming for the upcoming 2018 World Equestrian Games, this squad consists of nine combinations from riders Sir Mark Todd, Tim and Jonelle Price, Blyth Tait, Clarke Johnstone and Caroline Powell. Todd is on with his 2012 London Olympic Games team bronze medal-winning horse NZB Campino, who has four top 10 CCI4* finishes to his credit and his 2016 Olympic mount Leonidas II…

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Dressage judge comments scribes did write: Part 25

dressage halt

  People from all over the world read, Tuesday’s Top 10 – Dressage judge comments scribes were NOT allowed to write. 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. The dressage judges who let their scribes write these comments, certainly were not sugarcoating anything. Thank-you to all the riders who shared these hilarious, real life comments. Despite what a  judge writes on your test, this phase of Eventing remains interesting when the unexpected happens. Thank you to all the good sports who are sharing some of their…

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Horseshoe art that will make you start hoarding old shoes

Nailing The Horse Shoe

  Horseshoes – Something that every horse owner spends hundreds to thousands of dollars on a year. Farrier bills are never small but as the saying goes, ‘no hoof, no horse,” so riders are content to dish out huge sums of money on their horses’ routine pedicures. Typically your horse will need new shoes every several months, once their old ones wear out. You probably just chuck the old shoes in the trash but you might want to reconsider this. Horseshoes can be repurposed into beautiful and practical works of art with some welding skills. After scrolling to the bottom…

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Five simple steps to find the ideal bit for your horse

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  The perfect bit: is it out there? Where is it hiding? No matter your level, you want to find an appropriate bit for your horse that both maximizes the quality of his performance and permits you to have enough control to train and compete safely. Follow these steps in your bit search:  1)    Know what your end goal is. An appropriate bit will encourage the horse to connect to both reins evenly. It will also provide the rider with enough influence to turn and slow down in a safe manner. If you have a particular problem that you want your bitting choice to…

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