Category Archives: Riders

One easy tip to improve your show jumping immediately – But DON’T use it on cross-country

  Competing in three different phases dressage, cross-country and show jumping requires Eventers to be well-rounded riders. Many of the same fundamentals and principles apply to all three phases. For example, you need to be able to ride your horse straight in dressage for movements such as the centerline. Your horse has to be straight on cross-country or else you will have run outs at narrow fences. Straightness is equally important in show jumping because drifting down lines messes up distances and a crooked horse is more likely to pull a rail. Although the basics apply for all of Eventing’s…

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Fashion Alert – Practical and fun fly masks

  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… Summertime is well underway and with…

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Friday’s Five – Horsey charities you should consider supporting

  Charities do heaps of good work for our world. Many horsey charities in the world are making a difference for horses, riders and people that need some extra help in life. You don’t even have to donate money to make a positive impact on the horse world. If you are in the philanthropic mood here are some worthy charities and ways you can support the horse world… 1) Brooke action for working horses and donkeys: Brooke is an international animal welfare charity working to improve the lives of working horses, donkeys, mules and the people who depend on them….

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Who are the lucky winners of these fun T-shirts?

  Last week, we gave you two chances to win some awesome Eventing T-shirts with attitude. Readers who took part in these two fun polls (linked at the bottom of this article) were provided an opportunity to enter a draw. Congrats to the two winners: Kerri Short-Alonso from Florida; and Melissa Boutin from Quebec. They will each be receiving a guys and a ladies T-shirt. Keep tuning into Eventing Connect for more fun opportunities to win yourself Eventing T-shirts with ATTITUDE. Or if you are not a patient person, you can order yours right here at Shop ATTITUDE . Show off…

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How to have fun while performing boring barn tasks

  Horse people love what they do; there is no better way to spend time than being at the barn or better yet, on the back of a horse. But let’s be real, numerous unavoidable barn and riding tasks bore you out of your mind. For example, cross-country schooling is AWESOME but mucking stalls sucks. The majority of an average rider’s time at the barn is spent performing mindless tasks. These jobs are not awful, but after a while, they evoke high levels of boredom. Audio books to the rescue Escape the barn while you are performing repetitive tasks with…

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Vote now for your favourite summer picture. Which one is worthy of a custom Perri’s halter?

  Perri’s Leather is bringing you a monthly contest to celebrate horse names, have some fun and give you a chance to win a beautiful ‘Amish made’ Perri’s leather halter with an engraved plate to show off your horse’s unique name. For the next year, we will be calling for submissions based on a different theme each month. Tune in for the next theme announcement on July 13th. Vote for June entries now: For June, we invited riders to share great photos of their horses that best celebrates summer. An impressive 20 horses that are enjoying their summer entered in…

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How widespread are your grooming practices? Take the poll – Sponsored by Back on Track

  Great for muscles, ligaments, tendons and joints. Products for horses, dogs and people. Visit www.backontrackproducts.com   Do you ever wonder if you groom your horse like the rest of the equestrian world? There’s certainly more than one way to execute almost every grooming practice. Although one rider may think his/her method is the ‘right’ way, there’s always another rider that would argue differently. Which grooming habits are the norm? Take the poll and we will let you know next week how your grooming techniques are trending with your fellow riders. We can all learn from each other. Feel free…

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Rider Connect from Bit of Britain: Carter McInnis

   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 Carter McInnis, a talented junior rider who is working towards competing at NAJYRCs next year. If you would like to be featured in Rider Connect, email me.   Get to know Carter I am 16-years-old and a rising junior at Walhalla High School. I am from Seneca, SC. My dad competed at the highest level in the hunter/jumper ring during his teen years and travelled all over the East coast, so I guess riding was in my blood….

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Tuesday’s Top 10 – Classic excuses for losing an event

  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. I would have won if my horse didn’t pull five rails. 9. My groom forgot my lucky whip. 8. If I could ride my dressage test in draw reins he would have been perfect. 7. ‘If Michael Jung didn’t show up,’ – Maxime Livio 6….

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Mastering the art of jumping narrow fences – 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. Narrow or skinny fences are on every cross-country course at the Training level and above. If you want to be an eventer, you need to be able to make it between the flags even when they are only feet apart. Narrows often confuse horses because there isn’t much for the horse to focus on and making a detour around these jumps is mega easy. If you want to finish cross-country…

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