Category Archives: Missed it?

Tuesday’s Top 10 – Excuses why my rider is in the dirt

  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.”   10. The bitch spurred me too hard. 9. Circles are boring, I like to dance on two legs. 8. Rumour has it she was riding a mechanical bull at a bar on the weekend, wanted to see if it was true. 7. For a split second,…

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Understanding the stereotypical crazies in the horse world – A quick guide

  WARNING: Uncensored language. But all in fun.   Horses as a species are a paradox in the extreme. For those of us who love the world’s most improbable mammal – and insist on attaching ourselves to it mentally, physically and worse, emotionally – it is simultaneously the greatest waste of time and money imaginable, and yet also our very favourite thing to do. As berserk as the horses are, though, the people who frequent the industry are doubly questionable. I doubt there is any other sporting activity that brings out quite so many different types and kinds of humanity….

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It’s time to complete your 2019 competition season report card

  National, provincial and area championships have already taken place and the 2019 summer competition season has come to an end. Did you successfully make that upgrade you were aiming to do this year? Did you qualify for championships? Have you made the amount of progress in your riding and horse’s training that you were striving for this year? Now is the time to reflect on your year so you can ensure that next year is even more successful. Hitting a plateau is frustrating – no matter how much time you spend in the saddle you just cannot make the…

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Three critical things to remember during No-Stirrup November

  As we delve into the month of November, lots of riders are taking on the challenge to drop their stirrups for the month. Some go so far as to taking their stirrups off of their saddles altogether. Riding sans stirrups is integral to developing a good seat, correct feel, and instinct for what to do when things go wrong. I think jumping small fences without stirrups really shows you where your balance is in the air, and how you tend to lean left or right. You also never know when a tack malfunction could leave you stirrup-less on course,…

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Tuesday’s Top 10 – Eventing clinics that would be too helpful to actually happen

  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.   Tuesday’s Top 10 – Eventing clinics that would be too helpful to actually happen 10. Jack Pinkney teaches – Producing the bravest cross-country horse on the planet 9. Mark Todd teaches – How to retire from Eventing for the second time 8. Social media for dummies (AKA armchair eventers) 7. Will Coleman teaches – Strategies to avoid touching those costly flags on cross-country…

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7 Step guide to plan next year’s competition season like a pro

  For most of us in North America, the 2019 eventing season has wrapped up.  Our horses are enjoying a little down time– some longer than others, depending on your winter climate.  Still, it’s never too early to start looking ahead to next season.  Since I’m very goal-oriented and driven to succeed, I like to develop a “roadmap” for the upcoming competition year and start planning early. What guidelines do I use to develop a competition schedule? 1. Identify your end goal (AECs, Area Championships, CCI, etc) and review the qualifications necessary for you and your horse.  Is this goal realistic?  Is it very ambitious,…

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11 Things all equestrians can take pride in

  Equestrians are not your average human beings. We are a unique breed of people that are extremely passionate and dedicated to our sport and more importantly to our horses. The equestrian community is small. Everyone knows everyone and the camaraderie in our sport is unparalleled. As an equestrian, it is easy to focus only on your riding results and using that as a gauge to measure your success. We have all felt like failures from time to time because of horrendous results at a competition. But there is much more to you as an equestrian than just your competition…

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Horses confront their Halloween horrors – An equestrian’s poem

  The horses were fed and out went the lights, But there was something unusual about this very night. The horses felt nervous-some started to weave- For they had heard round the yard it was All Hallows’ Eve. They slipped out of their stables and joined up in a huddle, Talk of phantoms and demons had them all in a muddle! The lead horse stepped forward and started to speak- But he was interrupted by a blood-curdling shriek. The horses shot forward and rushed into the field, Looked for their leader, but over he’d keeled! For right there in the…

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Tuesday’s Top 10 – Thoughts horses have while getting clipped

  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.”   10. Why do I have to get shaved when you won’t even shave your own legs? 9. You missed a spot you dumb bitch. 8. If you clip a stupid cloverleaf or heart on my ass again this year, you’ll be sorry. 7. I wish you weren’t…

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Five core exercises all equestrians need in their lives

  Developing core strength will make you a better rider in all three phases. Strong core muscles improve your balance and posture in the saddle. Whether you are gearing up for your first Beginner Novice or aiming for next year’s Olympics, core will have a positive impact on your riding. Earlier this year, I shared five core exercises to help you work your core. Here are five more core exercises that you can add to your workout regime to keep yourself equestrian fit: 1) Russian twists – This exercise is one of the best ways to work your obliques, the…

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