Category Archives: Riders

When is the right time to move up? – from Bit of Britain

  We are excited to bring you updates throughout the year from Bit of Britain’s 2017 Top Riders. Today, the Silver Sponsorship winner, Nick Madsen shares some insight on how riders know when themselves and their horses are ready to move up to a new level… My answer, there is no right time, per-say. I’m sure everyone has had the same concerns as I regarding when to move a young horse up. But the truth is, every horse is different. Every horse matures differently than the next both mentally and physically. In the past, I have taken my time as well as pushed…

Scroll for more top stories on Eventing Connect

The 25 most UNDERRATED moments in an equestrian’s life

  There are many moments in our horsey lives that give us a great deal of satisfaction but for some reason, we never fully appreciate how much these moments mean to us. Let’s have a moment of appreciation for the moments in our lives that we sometimes take for granted … What underrated moments do you appreciate? Share your favourites by emailing me. 1. Finishing the final braid in your horse’s mane and then mentally high-fiving yourself for the professional job you did. 2. Putting a fresh bag of shavings in your horse’s stall… Best smell ever. 3. Clearing a massive jump…

Scroll for more top stories on Eventing Connect

MORE core, flexibility and glute exercises to become an ultra fit Equestrian – Sponsored by Back On Track

  Great for muscles, ligaments, tendons and joints. Products for horses, dogs and people. Visit www.backontrackproducts.com   Last week, I shared core, flexibility and glute exercises to transform you into a fit equestrian. Hopefully, you have been working on them and are ready for some new exercises to spice up your routine. Incorporate these additional exercises into your training regime to improve your riding without spending a cent, just a bit of extra time each day:   Developing core strength will make you a better rider in all three phases. Strong core muscles improve your balance and posture in the…

Scroll for more top stories on Eventing Connect

Tuesday’s Top 10 – Reasons your non-horsey lover has to go

  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. The ice you bought for your horse’s legs, he put in his beer cooler. 9. She suggested you skip gallop day to go pumpkin picking. 8. You specifically said you wanted a 5-point breastplate for Christmas and he gave you a standing martingale. 7. She said…

Scroll for more top stories on Eventing Connect

12 Ways to make your barn safer – 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. Horses are a risky business. An average horse weighs around 1200 lbs. and it is no secret that horses are incredibly unpredictable by nature, making them a walking hazard. Horses are not only dangerous to their human riders/handlers, but they are also talented at finding the strangest ways to harm themselves. Several weeks ago, we surveyed horse people around the world to find out how safe barns are and the results show that…

Scroll for more top stories on Eventing Connect

Rider alert: Pairs to watch at the American Eventing Championships this week

  Connect with AECs action: [Website] [Schedule] [Times/Results] This week, the best North American pairs are competing at the American Eventing Championships, held at the Tryon International Equestrian Centre (TIEC) in Mill Spring, North Carolina. This prestigious event is hosting championship divisions ranging from Beginner Novice all the way up to Advanced. With Capt. Mark Phillips as the Course Designer, the courses will be up to true championship standards. There is plenty of atmosphere at the breathtaking TIEC venue, so riders and horses will have to be “all focus” if they want to deliver their best performances. There is a…

Scroll for more top stories on Eventing Connect

Eventing Legends that have made us Jump 4 Joy: Olympic gold medalist Leslie Law

  We please to partner with Jump 4 Joy for this new series that will bring you insight and wisdom from Eventing Legends all over the world. Since the 1990s, Jump 4 Joy has been designing and manufacturing the highest quality polymer equestrian jumps on the market. From the outset, their objective has been to develop the safest, most user-friendly and durable Equestrian jumps available. The sheer versatility and practicality of Jump 4  Joy products make them the perfect choice for home users through to professionals and large riding establishments throughout North America, the UK, Europe and the rest of…

Scroll for more top stories on Eventing Connect

Certain death, how did you even get a saddle on it? An unlikely star.

  WARNING: Uncensored language. But all in fun. “You want me to what?” I looked at the scrawny bay with wild eyes and I listened as his new owners explained that they wanted me to train their horse.Train it? It looked like it had only seen its first human half an hour ago. The owner had seen the horse jump the top of the wings at a sale -apparently with a human on board and had bought the horse. For me. To train. Maybe even event. Lucky, lucky me…… ‘Rocky’ had arrived. I tacked up the feral thing whilst the…

Scroll for more top stories on Eventing Connect

Friday’s Five – Horse show prizes that would be a major hit

  Event organizers do not have to break the bank giving out prize money (although riders would love money!). Eventers are actually quite easy to please and our expectations are incredibly low. We would be happy with prizes that are useful and not necessarily expensive. If competitors can utilize the prize they win, it leaves them with a positive lasting impression of the event. For the riders that do not win, they also have an appreciation for useful prizes. It will bring us back year after year, as long as cool prizes are up for grabs. Here are five useful…

Scroll for more top stories on Eventing Connect

Why competing isn’t always about winning – Keeping your eye on the REAL prize

  Believe it or not, not every competitor is out to win every weekend. For many, horse trials are a means to an end. The fun steps on the way to achieving a bigger goal, a three-day, CCI, or year-end championship. I didn’t make this realization until I made it to my first one-star. All along my trainer had been saying, “Don’t worry about your specific score at this event. Who cares where you’re placed. Take the time penalties, keep your horse slow and sound. The ribbon this weekend doesn’t matter. Look at the big picture.” Like most of us,…

Scroll for more top stories on Eventing Connect