Category Archives: Riders

Tuesday’s Top 10 – Stupidest things said by non-horsey parents


  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 - Stupidest things said by non-horsey parents 10. Mother to the vet: So where are you going to inject the horse… the front hocks or the back hocks? 9.  Parent to coach: Okay, I get Susie’s horse is lame. Do you think that Clark Montgomery…

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Fun and easy horse treat baking ideas to celebrate spring’s arrival

Do you have treats?

  Spring is well underway and although I haven’t checked the weather forecast around the world, things are finally starting to warm-up in Canada. This weekend is Easter and that means family dinners and of course baking yummy things. Don’t forget about your horse when you are preparing Easter goodies! Treating your horse to some delicious homemade treats is a good (however, unproven) way to bribe your mount into behaving at upcoming spring events. And treats are an excellent way to entertain your horse while you brush off heaps of mud that your steed has managed to coat itself in…

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Win a custom halter if your horse has the most awesome Spring-themed name

Springing into spring. Does your horse have a name that reflects the season? 
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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 12 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. Spring theme for April We are inviting you to submit…

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The winning Irish themed horse name is… CLICK to find out who gets the new Perri’s halter.


    With over 8,600 votes cast, our readers decided that Dublin’s Finest has the coolest Irish themed name. Congratulation to LJ Cromien-Morris who will be able to sport Dublin’s Finest around in a very fine ‘Amish made’ Perri’s leather halter with an engraved plate. Dublin’s Finest earned 4.865 star rating and 1,137 votes.   Thank you to Perri’s Leather for bringing us this monthly contest to celebrate horse names, have some fun and give you a chance to win a beautiful Perri’s leather halter with an engraved plate to show off your horse’s unique name.   Here are your top 6:…

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Two things that are way more important than ‘good turnout’

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  The night before an event, most riders (or their grooms) are meticulously shining their boots, making sure their horse’s braids are picture perfect, bleaching the grey horse’s tail one more time, etc. These are all part of the beauty rituals riders put themselves and their horses through so they gleam when they trot down the centerline, hopefully impressing the judge. This is what horse people call “good turnout”. Many riders pride themselves in their turnout and strive to win the best turnout award at the event (yes some events actually have judges and award a prize). Why is turnout…

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Rider Connect from Bit of Britain: Briana Becker Stolley

Briana Becker Stolley & Catfish. Photo by Robyn Scott Photography.

   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 Briana, an attorney who manages her full-time job, raising two children and Eventing her Connemara… If you would like to be featured in Rider Connect, email me.   Get to know Briana I am a 40-year-old practicing commercial real estate attorney. I grew up in a small town in Ohio. After years of begging and pleading, my non-horsey parents finally caved and agreed to riding lessons when I was about 12-years-old. They bought my first horse when I…

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Friday’s Five – Trot up tips to own the jog

Learn to jog horses up as well as Mark Todd can.

  At every CCI event you have to jog your horse up for the Ground Jury once before dressage and then again after cross-country, before you can show jump. Additionally, if a CIC event runs cross-country before show jumping, you will have to jog up your horse. These jog ups are to ensure that all horses are fit and sound to compete. However, having a horse that is a hundred-percent sound still does not guarantee you will be ‘accepted’ and able to show. Countless sound horses have been ‘spun’ at jog ups because of poor presentation. It is easy for…

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Friday’s Fashion – Modern rain boots that you need to survive the spring mud

Time to throw out your ugly old rain boots... 
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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. Lets 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… Spring is finally here and with all the melting snow and neverending rain things…

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16 Eventing facts you can blurt out during awkward silences

WARNING: As awkwardly quiet as it can get during dressage tests, don't scream these facts out with a megaphone.

  Life is full of awkward silences. But fear not, now you can break those uncomfortable moments by blurting out some impressive Eventing facts that are sure to get a conversation going. Did you know… 1) Eventing made its Olympic debut at the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm, Sweden. 2) Mark Todd (NZL) is the oldest rider to win a four-star. At age 55, he was victorious at the 2011 Badminton CCI4* aboard Landvision. 3) Alex Hua Tian became China’s first Olympic equestrian when he competed as an individual in Eventing at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. 4) Females were not allowed…

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The bumpy road to my dream ride: Part 2 – Surviving an upgrade

Photo by Joan Davis of Flatlandphoto.

  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! Even though I’m in my late fifties, I still feel like that kid dreaming about horses in my bedroom. Most of the time I can’t believe I’m actually living my dream, but it was not easy getting here and these are the gory details of my journey in the pursuit of my dream ride… The bumpy road to my dream ride: Part 1 –…

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