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What was the original Eventing Olympic format? Rewind to 1912

  I was reading an informative USEA article about the new FEI star system, which included some historical background on the sport, when I realized that I am Eventing in the wrong era. As the article explains, Eventing first appeared at the Olympics in 1912. At those Stockholm Games, the competition was held over five days, in this order: endurance, rest, steeplechase, show jumping, AND THEN dressage. I couldn’t really believe what I was reading. Dressage was last?! After three days of grueling tests?! I knew how the long format Eventing competitions used to work because the shift to the…

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13 Pet peeves every equestrian will understand

  Dictionary pet peeve noun INFORMAL something that a particular person finds especially annoying. Equestrians are very different from non-horsey people. The things that bug us, a non-horsey person would never even understand let alone notice. But equestrians are a special breed of hardworking, determined and rather particular people. Chances are if you are reading this you are an equestrian and you’ll totally understand these 13 pet peeves… Which pet peeves would you like to add to the list? Email them to sable@eventingconnect.today. 1) When someone doesn’t clean up their crosstie area. Thanks your mess has just ruined my day….

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Today’s Top 10 – Things horse people won’t dare post on social media

  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. Draw reins are a gift from the horse gods. 9. I love my OTTB because that is all I can afford. 8. There should be a weight restriction for equestrians but fat shaming is more frowned upon than being fat. 7. My horse is a shit head but…

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5 Simple ways to keep the barn spotless

  Think of all the barns you have been to in your life. Which barns stand out in your mind as being the nicest/most organized/well managed? I bet these barns will all of have something in common – they are spotless. You do not need to have expensive stall doors and fancy flooring to have a barn that leaves people with an incredible impression, it just has to be clean. However, a clean barn does sound like an oxymoron. Fortunately, you can have a barn and yard that sparkles if you implement these five easy rules: 1. Hang a hoof…

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Ocala Jockey Club 3-Day Event Finale – Thoroughbreds rule the day

  Connect with the 2019 OJC3DE action: [Website] [Results]    Concluding with a dramatic show jumping finale in the CCI4*-L, the 2019 Ocala Jockey Club 3-Day Event (OJC3DE) did not disappoint with nail biting results right to the last dropping rail. Rails were flying with only one double clear round by Ema Klugman (AUS) and Bendigo. However, with only one rail down, the Thoroughbred, Campground, ridden by Erin Sylvester (USA) took the win with a final score of 44.8. The pair entered the ring in 3rd place and despite the rail on today’s challenging course; it didn’t stop this Thoroughbred from…

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Five of the inspirational moments in Eventing history on video

  Eventers are human too and sometimes we need a little extra dose of inspiration. From great saves to comeback stories that you will need a kleenex box on standby to watch, these are the Eventing videos that I watch when I am feeling down. Take a bit of time out of your day to watch these mesmerizing videos that I gaurentee will leave you feeling ready to take on the horse world…   Mark Todd’s (NZL) stirrup breaking on course at the 1995 Badminton CCI5*-L when he was riding Bertie Blunt. Many riders would have retired on course in the face…

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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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