Category Archives: Friday’s Five

Friday’s Five – Top reads to show jump faultless rounds in 2017

  Dropping a rail in show jumping is a quick way to drop down the leaderboard like a stone. Just the lightest tap of a rail can cost you a dream finish at an event. If you want to win events you need to be able to show jump double clears consistently. Winter is nearly here and, with harsher weather conditions, odds are you will not be able to cross-country school for much longer. Use this bitter time of year to master the art of show jumping. Here are five great reads that will get you and your horse show jumping like rockstars…

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Friday’s Five – Tips to make trailering easier on your horse

  At some point, all riders will have to trailer horses. Whether it is a short jaunt for lessons or a long trek across the country, it is important that you provide your horse with a first class and safe ride. Ensure that your horse travels like a VIP: 1) Soak hay – Horses tend to drink little to nothing when they are on the trailer. Simply soak your horse’s haynet in a skip bucket the night before a long trip to help your horse stay hydrated. When horses are yanking hay out of their haynets, the air can get dusty…

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Friday’s Five – Ways to actually have fun during the off-season

  Eventing season has come to a close for the year in most areas of the world. You have spent all year tirelessly looking after your horse(s) and now it is time to look after yourself. With no events to attend on the weekends, you have a bit of extra spending money and time.   Five ways to treat yourself during the off-season – you definitely deserve it: 1. Join a gym – Do not wait until New Years before you start working on your three-day body. Join the gym immediately. With less riding and other barn related physical activities…

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Friday’s Five – Steps to throw the ultimate Halloween barn party

  Eventing season will have come to a close in most parts of the world by Halloween, so why not throw a massive party at your barn to celebrate the end of the season and this cool holiday… So let’s party and follow these two rules for a spooktacular time! 1) Everyone must dress up. Anyone who shows up without a costume on has to go to Kangaroo Court. 2) No one is allowed to dress up as a horse rider (unless it is a parent or significant other who has never sat on a horse). Now that we know…

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Friday’s Five – Equestrian novels to keep you from going mad during the off-season

  Today, fall is officially here, which means the end of competition season is rapidly approaching. Before you know it there will be snow on the ground it will be impossible to even enjoy a cross-country school or outdoor school. The best way to control your horse show withdrawals during the off-season is by immersing yourself in fictional equestrian novels. Escape the reality of the off-season with these adrenaline-packed and emotionally captivating equestrian novels… 1) Fortune’s Fool by Mary Pagones: Pagones’ Fortune’s Fool series is told through the perspective of the irreverent, hyper-competitive Simon O’ Shaughnessy (and is one of…

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Friday’s Five – Tips to gain the most out of every riding lesson

  Riding lessons are never free. Depending on which coach you are working with and your arrangements with him/her, the price of a single lesson can range from days of hard labor as a working student to over $100 a pop. You need to gain the most out of every lesson to improve as a rider without going broke. Remember, your coach is not your babysitter. Do not be pay your coach to simply supervise your rides a few times a week and then ride around aimlessly the rest of the time. Even if you can afford to ride with…

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Five fall reads to turn you into a dressage star before 2018

  Fall is the perfect time of year to curl up by the fire with a pumpkin spice something or other and read a good book. But why waste your precious time reading a book that isn’t horse-related? Improve your dressage for next season by taking affordable lessons from the world’s greatest dressage riders by reading their excellent books. Take advantage of your reading time and turn yourself into a dressage queen (or king) with these top books: 1) Dressage with Kyra: The Kyra Kyrklund Training Method – This is one of the easiest dressage books to read and you can…

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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…

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Friday’s Five – Makeup tips for dressage day

Female eventers tend to not wear makeup to the barn but on dressage day most of us love to look our best. At events we are usually tight for time, so it is important that you have your makeup organized and that you know exactly what you are doing. Sorry boys, this post is not really for you…but there are a couple of tips about skin and lips that you may want to pay attention to. 1. Wear a foundation with SPF – A nice foundation will make your complexion look absolutely flawless and having an SPF in it will…

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Friday’s Fashion – Rain boots to own the dreary weather

  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. Let’s 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… Fall just around the corner and with this time of year comes rain. Lots…

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