Author Archives: Tracy White Giesler

Friday’s Five – Tips for all of the equestrian parents

  Eventing is not for the fainthearted. It is a demanding and dangerous sport. Take every precaution to be safe and ensure that your child has the best horse, equipment and instruction you can afford. After being an Eventing mom for 10 years now, I am sharing what I have learned from the mistakes I have made and witnessed. Certainly, I made more mistakes than I witnessed and trust me I am still learning… 1) Schoolmaster. Start your child with an experienced horse. Let them learn to ride before they need to learn to train a horse. 2) Lessons. Get…

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What is a personal brand and why Eventers need one

  What is a personal brand? As an Eventer and athlete publicly competing, your brand is simply what people think of you when they hear your name or see you. Your brand only exists in the minds of the people that know you. What are you like? What can someone expect when he/she interacts with you? Simply put, your brand is how people perceive you. For example, read the below names and think about what feelings and adjectives that come to mind. Your impression of them defines their personal brands and as a result is the driving force behind their…

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2017’s Most Fascinating Eventer – Selena O’Hanlon

  After being named to the 2016 Canadian Olympic Team, Selena O’Hanlon was looking forward to competing in Brazil with Foxwood High (Woody), owned by Judy and John Rumble. In a controversial move during training camp, the Canadian selectors citing soundness issues removed the pair from the team. This decision still leaves many people scratching their heads. Despite this career-gutting setback, Selena and Woody soldiered on while making selectors look stupid show after show. With talent and determination, they continued to deliver top results and ended 2017 with a historic win at the CCI3* Fair Hill International. For the first…

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Three Americans test positive for banned substances at Ocala Jockey Club International

  Three Americans test positive for banned substances at Ocala Jockey Club International Today the FEI updated the Case Status Table – Athletes and three Americans are now listed as suspended for prohibited substances The FEI announcement says “In accordance with the WADA Code, the FEI has notified WADA and the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) of the positives. The athletes have been provisionally suspended from the date of notification (21 December) until the FEI Tribunal renders a decision, but can request the lifting of the provisional suspension and ask for testing of the B sample within the next 21 days….

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Cocaine is becoming a problem in Eventing – Riders need help, not persecution

  Cocaine is becoming a problem in Eventing – Riders need help, not persecution In the past few months, I have received multiple requests to write a story about cocaine use in Eventing. Many people have reached out to Eventing Connect with concern and or disdain for riders who are using cocaine and jeopardizing their health, the safety of their horses and the downfall of their careers. Today, I have been contacted by multiple sources that three prominent riders have tested positive for cocaine from samples taken at a recent FEI event. I hope this is an out of control…

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Why you need social media for your 2018 riding goals – 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.   2018 is almost here and with the arrival of a new year, we always attempt to reinvent ourselves with new self-commitments to improve our lives. Making changes is not easy and many New Year’s resolutions are often not kept after the first few weeks. But here is a New Year’s resolution that is actually easy and fun and is a great way for you to help grow the sport of Eventing (or…

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Grow Eventing – Holly Jacks-Smithers kicks it off in Ontario with a practical approach

  Eventing is dying in Ontario. This year, Eventers have witnessed a disturbing drop in entries and as a result, many of the favourite and traditionally biggest shows, including Glen Oro and Grandview dropped from two-day to one-day shows. Dreamcrest cancelled the Intermediate level in the spring and cancelled the fall show altogether because of lack of entries. This matters for anyone who events as a hobby as the number of shows are reduced so choices become very limited. This especially matters to riders who rely on earning income from the sport through coaching and selling Eventing horses. If you are…

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Eventing Legends who have made us Jump 4 Joy: Badminton record holder Lucinda Green

  We are pleased 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 the world….

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6 insider tips to help you get sponsored by Bit of Britain

  (Note to riders that have already entered: If you read this and think of ways that you could have improved your original entry, you may send a new email but ensure that the subject line says: Bit of Britain’s Next Top Rider – Take Two) Getting a sponsor to support your riding dreams is possible. Bit of Britain could be your first sponsor and here are some valuable tips to make it happen. A few weeks ago, Bit of Britain announced that they were in search of three riders to partner with through sponsorship. The riders needed to be under the age…

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Paying it forward Equestrian Edition – Hippotherapy for a determined little girl sponsored by Eponia

  Eponia Equestrian Sport offers equestrians a different and unique selection of leather tack and sports apparel. They focus on quality material and an environmentally conscious production process. Eponia works with Swedish and Italian designers and manufacturing takes place in Europe, Asia and the USA.   You will find the prices attractive and you can shop in North America through this web shop. Get your credit card ready because once you discover these products, you will have to have them!   Pay It Forward examples over the past few years have been appearing in our social media feeds with feel…

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