Category Archives: Missed it?

What no one tells you about riding after you turn 21

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  The year you turn 21-years-old, is your final year as a young rider. As your glorious and promising young rider years come to a close, things suddenly become very real. You are now a senior rider, and it is time to either pull your big kid breeches on or liquidate your horsey possessions and pursue a non-equestrian life. Decisions, decisions… I have made a choice to stick it out in the Eventing world because I cannot fathom any other lifestyle but I certainly do not feel like anything is going easily. As a junior rider (under 18), I felt…

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11 “Oh no you didn’t” moments every horse owner has faced


  Horses are like toddlers on steroids. Actually, they’re more like Godzilla-sized toddlers on steroids that NEVER grow up. But that’s okay because you’re an equestrian and you love your horse(s) no matter what havoc it wreaks. However, there are moments when your horse does something so unnecessary and savage that all you can say is, “Oh no you didn’t!” Here are 11 examples of these moments… 1) When you go to clean your horse’s water bucket only to discover it managed to poop in it.     2) You give your horse a flake of hay, it promptly paws…

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The big ‘A’ – Why this milestone is just the beginning

Ema Klugman & Bendigo. Photo by Julieann Prettyman

  When I called my trainer, Packy McGuaghan, after Carolina International to ask whether I could move up to Advanced, he gave me an answer I didn’t really understand. He said ‘maybe.’ Here was an Eventing god, a man with answers to any and all obscure training problems, a voice of wisdom from competition strategies to veterinary procedures to conditioning schedules, telling me for the first time that he couldn’t answer my question. Surely he knew if the horse had it in him, didn’t he? You see, the thing about Bendigo is that he’s full of surprises. He can have…

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Rider Connect from Bit of Britain: Hayley Smith

Hayley Smith and SHEC Wellington.

   Rider Connect sponsor: Bit of Britain has been a trusted source for quality horse tack and equestrian clothing since 1987. Today’s featured rider is Hayley Smith, a professional rider who is working her way up the Eventing levels. If you would like to be featured in Rider Connect, email me.   Get to know Hayley I just turned 24, and I am the barn manager/groom of event barn “CDP Stables,” which is owned by Charlie Plumb. I’m originally from Sanford, NC, and have been riding since I was 4-years-old. I am currently riding at Training level and I have big plans for…

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Delving into the minds of four-star riders – Joe Meyer (NZL)

Joe and Clip Clop at 2016 Fair Hill International.

  There is a significant difference between an equestrian and an Eventer. Equestrians push their minds and bodies of themselves and their horses to great lengths for sport, for fun, or perhaps to maintain their health. Eventers push their minds and abilities to the farthest possible limit with their equine partners while simultaneously taking calculated risks where a split second decision can be costly. At the highest level of Eventing, four-star Eventers are in a class of their own. These extreme athletes are who we look to when trying to understand and measure what is possible for an equine partnership…

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Tuesday’s Top 10 – Excuses for never competing at a CCI4*

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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.”   Tuesday’s Top 10 -Excuses for never competing at a CCI4* 10. I made the safe choice and went to University. 9. My horse never liked flying changes and I did not want to put any pressure on him. 8. I could never find a good enough coach. 7.  My parents were too poor. 6. The…

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The best Kodak moments of the 2017 winter Eventing season

Doug Payne and Getaway blasting around the Carolina International CIC2*.

  The Ocala International Horse Trials concluded on Sunday, marking the end of the Florida winter/spring Eventing season. Eventers who are based further North, are now making their way back home if they have not already done so. Moving down to Ocala, Florida or Aiken, South Carolina for the winter months is common practice for eventers on the Eastcoast but now it is time for them to return home. Currently, eventers are back in the North and putting the finishing touches on their training for the fast-approaching spring CCI events. The Rolex Kentucky CCI4* is next weekend and Jersey Fresh International CCI3* (May…

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Last Week TODAY

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  Catch up on interesting tidbits that you might have missed last week. We work hard to catch all the good stuff so you don’t have to.     LIE DOWN #chillinglikeavillian #PartyTricks #BGT #shadowManTaking5 #shadowCircusPonies #yehboi @BaileysFeeds @equilibriumprod @grubsboots @spaldingsaddles @pmequestrian @uvexequestrianuk @hoptonhorsecentre @usg_ @equineproductsuk @freejumpsystem @Crowwood_equestrian @fairfaxandfavor @ESurfaces A post shared by Ben Hobday (@benhobday) on Apr 16, 2017 at 6:49am PDT   A massive congratulations for @teamtownend for winning the 3* at Burnham Market International. An impressive 10 wins in 10 years! #barefootestates #northnorfolk #burnhammarkethorsetrials #musketeerevents #eventing #olivertownend #tristar #quitetherecord A post shared by Barefoot Estates (@barefootestates)…

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Four-word horror stories: Horse edition


  WARNING: Uncensored language. But all in fun. Cruising around the internet the other day, I came across a meme that said ‘four-word horror story – eliminated at fence one’. Hilarious. Except that it very nearly happened to me, two weeks ago at a show. It was sort of like ‘Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, show jumping version’, and was made all the more stupidly infuriating when the horse went on to jump clear in the next class… Anyway, it got me thinking. The scope for Eventing four-word horror stories is endless. ‘Help! Stuck in coffin’ ‘Bolted in dressage test’…

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Friday’s Five – Must haves at an event cool down

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  As you gallop over the cross-country finish line at either a CCI of CIC a team of veterinarians will meet you to monitor your horse’s cool down. They will check your horse’s heart rate, temperature and overall condition and they will keep rechecking your horse until it is fit to go back to the stables. Your horse deserves the best care possible after running and jumping its butt off on cross-country. Your job as the rider is to provide the perfect cool down for your noble steed. Make sure you have these supplies ready at the cool down area…

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