Category Archives: Riders

So it’s just riding a horse, right? – The mental aspect of this sport from Back On Track

2017 Millbrook stadium. Photo credit by my friend, Debra Levasseuer with her iPhone.

    Great for muscles, ligaments, tendons and joints. Products for horses, dogs and people. Visit www.backontrackproducts.com OK so if you read my first article, “Dreams have no age limit – It’s never too late for Equestrians” then you know I’m a crazy HORSE NUT that can’t get enough of this sport!  But here’s a little more about me…I started riding as an adult…I’m no expert horse trainer but full of lots of trial and error experiences…just a horse nut that was given the high determination gene and I use it to seek out the best for my horse and I….

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Rider Connect from Bit of Britain: Julia Fanello

Julia Fanello & Parker

   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 Julia Fanello, a junior rider and high school athlete who is working towards competing at NAJYRC next year.  If you would like to be featured in Rider Connect, email me.   Get to know Julia I am 16-years-old and I have lived in Anderson, South Carolina my whole life. I started riding when I was about six because my grandfather breeds reining horses, so I was exposed to my love of horses early on. I got my first…

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11 Equestrian uses for vinegar that will change your life from 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. Vinegar (noun): a sour-tasting liquid containing acetic acid, obtained by fermenting dilute alcoholic liquids, typically wine, cider, or beer, and used as a condiment or for pickling. Based on the definition above, vinegar doesn’t sound as though it has the power to transform your horsey life but it definitely can. Vinegar is an absolute must-have in every barn because it has a variety of mega helpful uses. Best of all, vinegar is cheap!…

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Is your horse sporting a crappy halter? Enter for a chance to win a custom Perri’s leather halter

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  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 10 months, you will have an opportunity to enter your horse’s unique name in a contest that will be judged by our readers. If our readers choose your horse’s name, you will win a beautiful ‘Amish made’ Perri’s leather halter with an engraved plate to show off your horse’s winning name. Each month, the call for submissions will be based on a different theme. ‘J’ names – since June is on its way! We…

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Rider Connect from Bit of Britain: Taylor Blumenthal

Taylor & Saxon

   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 Taylor Blumenthal, a hardworking mother and professional eventer who keeps busy juggling her business and family life. If you would like to be featured in Rider Connect, email me.   Get to know Taylor My name is Taylor Blumenthal. I live just outside of Atlanta, GA with my husband, toddler daughter, one big dog and one little dog. I became obsessed with horses at age 12 after a week at horse summer camp. I am now 30 years…

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Fashion Alert – The ultimate half pad

Photo via @kristin.posner.dressage on Instagram.

  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…   Do you want a half pad in your favourite colour? Do you need…

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Friday’s Five – Social media mistakes you need to QUIT making

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  Social media is a necessary and a critical reality in the equestrian world. As a rider, social media can help or damage you. Knowing how to use it well can make a big difference in leveraging the power of it to get you more clients, sponsors and owners. Using it incorrectly can create an impression with the public that will be hard to reverse and damage your reputation. Here are five common mistakes that I often see riders making. If you are committing any of these social media sins, stop today. 1. Failing to separate personal and professional social…

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These are the sorriest breeches you may ever see. Which rider deserves a brand new pair from Noel Asmar Equestrian?

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  VOTING HAS CLOSED. We asked for pictures of ragged, stained, frayed, torn, tattered, or threadbare breeches and riders delivered. They also shared their stories about their lives with these breeches that need to be replaced. With our partners at Noel Asmar Equestrian, we narrowed the contest down to these 24 entries and we decided to let you help make the decision. Which breeches do you think are the most overused pair with the most interesting history? Your votes will decide who gets the brand new pair of Noel Asmar Equestrian breeches. To rank the breeches, the stars are below…

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Five tips to get the most out of your cross-country warm-up

Bendigo in warm-up. Forward, straight, and rideable is key. Photo by Natalie Huso.

  I was talking to a friend the other day about how funny it is to discuss our sport with non-horse people. She said that her friends couldn’t understand why she was still taking lessons. “Don’t you already know how to ride?” they asked. “Well, yes,” she said. “But I’m always trying to get better.” Competing in this sport successfully means you at least know the basics and can perform them well the majority of the time. But as we all know, beyond the basics there are so many intricacies on the path to success. Each time you move up…

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Buying a horse that you will outgrow – The responsible purchase

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  Imagine the world where not everyone is looking for a Preliminary horse… Preliminary is the magic level in Eventing when it comes to horse sales. Many riders will only buy horses that have gone Prelim, if they have the budget. Riders without the budget for a proven Preliminary horse want a horse with ‘Preliminary or higher potential’. Although I have not personally sold many horses, I have been in enough sales barns to notice this definite buying trend. Wonderfully talented horses will get imported with no Preliminary mileage and no one will even come out and try them. Then…

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