Category Archives: Missed it?

Why you need to be a true Eventing fan if you ever want to be a successful eventer

  Eventing is not a mainstream sport. If you tell non-horsey people that you are an eventer chances are they will think that you plan events or just look at you with a confused expression. Eventing is not broadcast on television channels on a regular basis like hockey, football and tennis. Unless you are an equestrian or have an equestrian in the family, odds are you will never have heard of Eventing. Since Eventing is not a popular sport amongst the general public, top eventers don’t reap big salaries and worldwide fame like the top players in other sports. However,…

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DEADLINE is fast approaching! Choose your Carolina International fantasy team today

  Fantasy Equestrian Teams is thrilled to bring fans and riders a chance to join the fun from the sidelines. Players get a chance to win cash and prizes, bringing a new element to the sport. This gives everyone a chance to showcase their team picking skills and participate in every show. Join the fun and see how well you know the Eventing talent!!! In the simplest terms, you choose a Fantasy Team of four pairs and if your team delivers the lowest accumulated score, you win bragging rights and a chance for these prizes: $117 worth of fun riding swag…

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How to not give up – Conquering my first Red Hills International

  We arrived in Tallahassee Thursday afternoon and I could not have been more jazzed for Red Hills International! This event was our third time at this level, now called a CCI3*-s, which is the same as the old CIC2*. Even though Rollo and I have successfully completed several FEI events, the thrill and anticipation has hardly worn off! My very own BT Just A Rebel, aka Rollo, or the pocket rocket was feeling extremely good leading up to this event. He felt on point for all his gallops, spent the week before in Venice where we won our first…

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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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15 common sayings that make zero sense in the horse world

  There are dozens of common sayings that people use frequently, many of which even mention horses. However, some of these sayings are not suitable for use in the horse world. If you use one of these sayings when chatting with an equestrian you will confuse of maybe even offend them. So remember to keep these sayings out of the barn… Saying: “Straight from the horse’s mouth.” Equestrian’s reaction: Last I checked, horses don’t talk. Are you all right?   Saying: “Healthy as a horse” Equestrian’s reaction: Are you nuts? Have you seen my vet bills?     Saying: “Too…

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Six super impressive things about being an equestrian that you should brag about

  Eventing is an adrenaline rush for riders and fans. To grow the sport we all have a responsibility to spread the word about what a blast it is to attend a competition. The fact that the entire gamut of Eventing athletes from beginner to Olympian can be seen at almost any show makes it particularly impressive. If people outside the sport are aware of this dynamic and how easy it is to attend a show, they may be more likely to support it as either a spectator, owner, rider, sponsor, etc. People outside of the horse world do not…

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Friday’s Five – Ways to to get in your coach’s good books this year

  Being an instructor is not an easy job. Your coach works his/her behind off to help you achieve your riding goals. Coaches are responsible for many different riders and their horses. Teaching lessons, walking courses, warming people up at shows, planning other people’s competition schedules, doing barn chores and keeping an upbeat attitude at all times are just some of the jobs a coach does during an average day. Competition season is especially taxing on coaches. While most people enjoy their summer weekends hitting the beach, coaches are running around horse show grounds trying to keep their students in…

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Don’t underestimate this important part of selling horses

  Sometimes, selling a horse is less about marketing the animal, and more about marketing yourself and your program. Recently, a gentleman scheduled a visit to try one of my horses for sale. As usual, I went through a lot of effort making the horse look its best; I pulled his mane, braided it over the night before, gave him a bath, and had him neat and shiny, ready to go at the arranged time of 9am. 9am came and went; I sent a message asking if the man was running late, or perhaps lost. I heard nothing back. At…

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Do rule changes change the way we ride?

  Do rule changes change the way we ride? I’ve been intrigued by the work of Equiratings, a company that not only analyzes data in our sport but also sparks discussions about the future of eventing in general. Their work has gotten me thinking about how the rules of our sport—what I’ll call the “rules of the game” in this article—impact the way we ride. An obvious example would be speeds on cross country: if speeds increased, riders would try to go faster to catch the optimum time and minimize their time faults. Another one (which actually happened) is the…

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Young event horse classes, terror, humiliation and future stars… Maybe?

  Ireland is a nation of young horse producers, and in order to showcase our top products, we have a series of young horse classes that provide us with an education system and a shop window. The Showjumping system is pretty good-by and large, once a horse is comfortable jumping around a track, the variables he will experience in his competitive life are not that extreme. The young event horses however, obviously have a lot more to cope with-especially if they are produced through the age classes. Whilst these contests are big business in Ireland-and vital if you are to…

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