Category Archives: Riders

Tuesday’s Top 10 – Reasons your horse’s life is better than yours

Smiling for the camera. Living the dream.

  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.”   Tuesday’s Top 10 – Ways a horse lives better than its rider 10. Your horse gets joint injections, massage therapy, acupuncture and you only go to the doctor when by ambulance. 9. When you ride badly, everyone says poor horse; when your horse is an ass, somehow it is…

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Powerful advice on keeping your horse’s hooves healthy – Sponsored by MD Barnmaster

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  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. With a barnful of Thoroughbreds, I’ve seen my share of less-than-ideal feet. And the old saying is true: “No hoof, no horse.” Through a combination of an EXCELLENT farrier and proper management, I’ve been able to improve some horses’ feet and help them stay sound to do their jobs. Your Farrier First of all, I cannot stress enough that an educated, experienced, quality farrier is a must– someone who knows how to balance…

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Five more core exercises to solidify yourself in the saddle

Strong abs = better sitting trot.

  Developing core strength will make you a better rider in all three phases. Strong core muscles improve your balance and posture in the saddle. Whether you are gearing up for your first Beginner Novice or aiming for next year’s World Equestrian Games, strengthening your core will have a positive impact on your riding. Earlier this year, I shared five core exercises to help you work your core. Here are five more core exercises that you can add to your workout regime to keep yourself equestrian fit: 1) Russian twists – This exercise is one of the best ways to…

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This gelding will make tackling CCI4* events fun – Goresbridge Auction

Lot 11 - Kiltubrid Oscar

  May Select Sale of Eventers (May 29th): [Website] [Catalogue] [Performance footage] Over the next week and a bit, Eventing Connect writers are going to bring you their fantasy shopping list from the May Select Sale Of Eventers (May 29th). The Eventing Connect writers were reviewing the catalogue and dreaming and wanted share our thoughts on some very interesting prospects to open up the airwaves for discussion about what to look for in a new horse.   At the top of my wish list at the May Goresbridge Select Sale of Event Horses is Lot 11, Kiltubrid Oscar. This lovely bay gelding has perfect confirmation for me, being quite…

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19 things all riders secretly do but don’t talk about

Wash your horse, have a drink, bring the shampoo home for yourself...

  We all do things in our lives that we are not necessarily proud of. No matter how great of a rider or horseman you are, sometimes we all get a little lazy.  Sometimes we don’t care about minor details because in the grand scheme of things it won’t hurt anyone or anything. Perhaps, you are a superhuman equestrian and have done anything the correct way. But chances are, you have done several of the things on this list. It doesn’t make you a bad horse person; it just makes you human. There’s nothing wrong with procrastination, cheapness and a…

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Foolproof guide on sorting through ‘expert’ horse advice

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  WARNING: Uncensored language. But all in fun. I adore horsey online forums and magazines. Mostly, they are an essential part of keeping up with the weekly happenings in the fast and frenetic equine world, but sometimes they can be sources of immense entertainment. The world in which we live is vast and diverse, with every possible type of horse and rider imaginable-tall, short, thin, fat, boring or batshit. We have seen them all. This delicious mix of abilities, knowledge (or lack thereof) and personal beliefs, combined with the infinite reach of the Internet, has had many of us pulling…

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Make your Olympic dreams a reality with this stunning mare – Goresbridge Auction

Lot 16 - CSF Olympic Lucy

  May Select Sale of Eventers (May 29th): [Website] [Catalogue] [Performance footage] Over the next week and a bit, Eventing Connect writers are going to bring you their fantasy shopping list from the May Select Sale Of Eventers (May 29th). The Eventing Connect writers were reviewing the catalogue and dreaming and wanted share our thoughts on some very interesting prospects to open up the airwaves for discussion about what to look for in a new horse. Do you want to get to the top of the sport? Lot 16, CSF Olympic Lucy, an extremely athletic 4-year-old Irish Sport Mare is your ticket to Eventing greatness. She has already proven herself a…

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Rider Connect from Bit of Britain: Lauren Eckardt

Lauren Eckardt & Reeses

   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 Lauren Eckardt, a mother of two with a successful Eventing business. If you would like to be featured in Rider Connect, email me.   Get to know Lauren I am a 35-year-old mother of two, horse trainer from Montgomery, AL currently residing in Alpharetta, Ga. I started riding at 6-years-old and worked my way up through the levels to Advanced while I was in college. After college, I was in corporate America working for Ameriprise Financial for five…

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Whose wounded legs will be sporting a brand new pair of Noel Asmar Equestrian breeches?

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  We are thrilled that when we asked for pictures of breeches that were in dire need to be replaced, riders from all around the world delivered. They also shared their stories about their lives with these breeches that should be laid to rest. With our partners at Noel Asmar Equestrian, we narrowed the contest down to these 24 entries and let our readers vote on who they thought most deserved a new pair of breeches. With almost 6,000 votes cast, our readers decided that Nina Biel was in desperate need of a brand new pair of Noel Asmar Equestrian breeches.  Nina’s breeches story earned a 4.85-star…

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Friday’s Five – Pony Club rules that are slightly too impractical

Bringing in four horses at a time. NOT Pony Club approved.

  I’m a proud Pony Club alumnus. For horsemanship and riding instruction, Pony Club can’t be beat. It’s the gold standard of horse safety, and if a kid has come through the ratings, you know they have met certain requirements for knowledge and skill. I didn’t make it to my A rating– I came to a cross-roads in life where it was either go for the national ratings, or go to a CCI*– and I chose the three day. Don’t regret it for a moment, but I also am very thankful to the rock-solid foundation Pony Club gave to me….

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