Author Archives: Tosca Holmes-Smith

Five things you can do to help Eventing thrive in your area

  Everyone who partakes in the sport of Eventing does so because they love it. Competing horses is hard work and a major commitment, but we put in the hours without complaint. We know what we need to do in order to be prepared for the shows, and the feeling of winning your division makes up for all the late nights spent out in the barn. We don’t take our horses or our own fitness and training for granted because we know exactly how much effort goes into getting to that point; however what most event riders do take for…

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Five things you can do to help Eventing thrive in your area – 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.   Five things you can do to help Eventing thrive in your area – Sponsored by MD Barnmaster Everyone who partakes in the sport of Eventing does so because they love it. Competing horses is hard work and a major commitment, but we put in the hours without complaint. We know what we need to do in order to be prepared for the shows, and the feeling of winning your division makes up…

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Six tips for working your horse during the winter months – 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.   As the holidays wrap up, people and horses alike are trying to live up to their new year’s resolutions and get into shape for spring. Depending on how much time your horse has had off, getting them, and yourself, back into shape can be a tedious task. We all just want to go jump courses, and day after day of long and low flatwork around the indoor can begin to feel pretty…

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“Kick, click, and stick!” – 19 top tips on how to be a great eventer

  Nick Holmes-Smith is a very accomplished Canadian event rider and widely respected instructor. In the 1980’s and early 90’s, Nick rode on several Olympic and world championship teams – all on different horses. Some highlights of Nick’s career include a 14th place finish at the 1988 Seoul Olympics, as well as an individual and team gold at 1991 Pan Ams. On top his personal success in the sport, Nick also coached many other riders to the upper levels, including Rebecca Howard, Mike Winter, and Chelan Kozak. The funny thing about growing up with a renowned event rider and instructor…

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Keeping up the family tradition – One gold medal at a time

  I first attended the North American Junior and Young Rider Championships in 2015. I was riding my mums old two-star horse Paddington- a 20-year-old, 14’3, welsh quarter-horse cross. Needless to say I wasn’t counting on bringing home a medal, I was pretty thrilled just to finish in the top twenty! Western Canada was able to field its own team that year with three riders, but unfortunately one of the team members eliminated in show-jumping, which bumped us out of the top placings. Carmen had been planning on competing that year as well; however, it didn’t end up working out…

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