Author Archives: Lila Gendal

Tackling an upgrade: Go big or go home! – Sponsored by Back on Track

  Great for muscles, ligaments, tendons and joints. Products for horses, dogs and people. Visit www.backontrackproducts.com   Two riders, three horses and enough equipment to open up our own tack shop arrived in Adamstown, MD last Thursday afternoon. I haven’t been to Loch Moy in several years and had forgotten how incredibly steep and daunting just the driveway is. You drive around this pond at the bottom of what appears to be a cliff, wait at the base of the mountain hoping and praying another vehicle won’t be surprising you on your way up, count your blessings, or shift into…

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Near disaster to victorious finish – How to nail your first CCI1*

  Originally I was going to begin this blog by almost apologizing for being so utterly excited about completing my first CCI1* in Ocala, BUT THEN I stopped myself because that is exactly something I yell at my students for! Never, ever feel less worthy, insignificant, or irrelevant because you ride at a certain level, or any level below other riders. Own the level you compete at and never feel small because you haven’t reached your competitive goals yet. Or maybe you only will go Beginner Novice…so what? Why apologize? Be proud and happy in what you do because ultimately…

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Living in a trailer, working hard and Eventing in the sunshine

  In order to fully appreciate my Florida living arrangement, I’ll start by painting you a picture. Imagine a two horse straight load, gooseneck. You can imagine such a trailer, correct? Okay, now imagine all the riding clothing, horse gear, competitive gear, and all the fussy and last minute odds and ends you would cram into such a space required for three and half months. You can picture this, right? Everything from horse drinking buckets, to fans, to high heels (because why wouldn’t I pack some cute shoes) to towels, to flashlights, to a coffee maker, and the list continues….

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Conquering stressful show warm-ups: How to suck it up and move on- Sponsored by Back on Track

  Great for muscles, ligaments, tendons and joints. Products for horses, dogs and people. Visit www.backontrackproducts.com   Eventing requires a tough skin, extreme focus, athleticism, determination, an appropriately matched horse, and the list goes on forever. Whether you and your horse are preparing for your first Beginner Novice Horse Trials, or you’re a seasoned three-star rider, every rider puts an enormous amount of blood, sweat, and tears into this sport that challenges us, sometimes beyond what we think we are capable of. We spend hundreds of dollars just to pay the entry fees, stabling, fuel, food, feed, hay, etc just…

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Enough with the pity party – Start training harder and find your confidence

  Several years ago my two sisters and I decided to drive to Burlington VT to go shopping for the day. An hour and a half of driving one way in tight quarters with three very different, but intense personalities made for an amusing trip, to say the least. Of course, we laughed hysterically to the point where tears actually flowed, and we bickered like normal siblings do, and we talked about anything and everything. At one point, my older sister and I verbally coerced my younger sister to sing out loud for us. She had (and continues to have)…

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What does it take to find your dream horse?

  Do you have a story about finding your dream horse that you want to share with the horse world? Email it to sable@sable@eventingconnect.today Last night I fell asleep to the sound of heavy raindrops pounding against the metal rooftop. Knowing the horses were all tucked inside their run-ins, I could drift in and out of consciousness with ease while being mesmerized by the sound of late October weather in New England. I woke up this morning to cool temps and heavy rain. I walked down my short and steep driveway to take care of our horses who were all…

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The best advice I ever received – “Get rid of her”

  Eleven years ago I decided to take a year off from College, which turned out to be one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Ultimately I would leave St. Lawrence University behind, focus on training with Denny Emerson during that time, and apply to UVM the following year. In 2006, I showed up at Tamarack Hill Farm in Strafford VT about as clueless as they come. I had incredible drive and determination, but completely lacked in skills and knowledge. The summer of 2006 I showed up with a 16 hand grey mare, some kind of sport horse I…

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Equestrians cannot be afraid of taking chances: Without risk, there’s no possibility – 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. This weekend I spent most of my time coaching and cheering riders on at one of my favorite Vermont venues, GMHA, located in South Woodstock VT. Normally I am competing at this particular event, and I am quite familiar with the anxiety and excitement one experiences while patiently waiting for your number to be called outside of the show jump ring. Although, this year I felt a different sort of anxiety and excitement…

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Well, that’s wrap! – Reflecting on your 2016 season

  For many individuals, the word “Monday” has a negative connotation attached to it. The beginning of the week often lacks lustre, people are not ready to take on the world, and they would rather enjoy another day off then go back to the drudgeries. However, for me personally I love that day after a competition weekend (assuming the event was a success). I thoroughly enjoy scrolling through Instagram and Facebook on a Monday morning, or Sunday evening to see what all of my fellow event riders have to say after the completion of their event. I could be totally…

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To the horse who changed me

  Email us if you want to share your story about a horse who changed you… Two years ago I was galloping my 17 hand Holsteiner mare, Valonia, on cross-country at GMHA. I vividly recall cantering through the infamous dustbowl, across the stream, and within seconds I could feel her mind and body decelerating. She never stopped quickly, or ran out at the last second. With this mare, you knew the stop was coming a mile away. I had spent the last five years attempting to transform the gargantuan, stubborn, and seriously athletic warmblood mare into a willing and eager Eventing…

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