Category Archives: Missed it?

Time to complete your 2017 competition season report card

  National, provincial and area championships have already taken place and the 2017 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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Five careers to consider in the horse industry

  Are you a horse crazy human who aspires to make a living in the horse industry? Good news, there are a variety of job options to choose from. When people think of working in the horse industry the first image that comes to mind is training horses or coaching for a living. But there are many more career options in the horse industry. Here are five options to make a living in the industry that you love: 5) Farrier – Wouldn’t it be great to be on the receiving end of money spent on horses’ hooves? Farriers get paid…

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How do equestrians clip their horses? Check out last week’s poll results

  Last week, we polled riders from around the equestrian world on how they clip their horses. Over 600 people responded to the poll, which is a significant sampling since election predictions are based on just surveying 1,000 people. As we all know, there’s certainly more than one way to perform almost every grooming practice but it appears some methods are more common than others. Check out the poll results below to see how the horsey world clips their mounts… Are you part of the majority or minority? At the end of the results below, be sure to check out which…

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Winter is coming…Tips on how to prep for riders’ most miserable season

  Winter in Ireland is a long and drawn out affair. It starts in late August and it usually ends in and around early June. Have you ever seen a suntanned Irish person in Ireland? No, you haven’t. This is why. Surviving the winter in the Emerald Isle with horses is akin to entering the seven circles of hell-the damp, soggy version. The only intelligent survival tip I can give you is RUN. LEAVE. FLEE. Go to the airport, max out your cards on plane tickets and get the hell out of here, before all flights are cancelled due to…

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11 things every equestrian should be proud of

  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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Check out the impressive alumni from Le Lion d’Angers – Sponsored by MD Barnmaster

  MD Barnmaster is the leader in custom designed barns, horse housing, professional equestrian facilities, horse stalls, modular buildings and barn accessories. Build A Better Barn. Contact MD Barnmaster today.   A couple of weekends ago, some of the most talented young event horses in the world faced off in France at the FEI World Breeding Eventing Championships for Young Horses at Le Lion d’Angers. This event features some of the best eventers in the world on their top youngsters and garners much attention around the world. I was curious to see where the horses that have competed at this event are now. Le…

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Tuesday’s Top 10 -Things that horses find spooky

  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. Dogs. The smaller, the scarier. 9. Water. You are wearing an inflatable emergency life jacket but I’m not! 8. Gusts of wind. A clear sign of a tornado. 7. Shadows. You never know what is lurking in them. 6. Suspicious flowers. Could conceal murderers.  …

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Are you a Social Media Troll? Four things to help you reconsider your next scathing post.

  In our new non-verbal world, Social Media Channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc.), forums and texting have taken over as the preferred means of communication. Without face-to-face contact, nasty, cowardly trolls have been given the power to unleash their darkest opinions without reserve about any rider. Everyone has an opinion whether it is over serious issues like horse welfare and rider safety or minor issues like assessing the performance of a rider. Often, when I come across vile comments, I find myself curious about the human behind the poisonous fingers. So after a few Google searches, I seem to find…

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Every equestrian experiences this situation… But it still SUCKS

  Elimination sucks! There. I said out loud what every single one of us already knew but were afraid to say. I’ll say it again, “ELIMINATION SUCKS!” It’s frustrating, aggravating, mind-blowing, anger-inducing, and pitch a fit, downright HORRIBLE!!!!! It makes you want to scream, cry and throw a tantrum worthy of a toddler. In short, elimination is THE WORST! In my vast career as a lower level adult amateur eventer, I have been very blessed to have ridden a multitude of horses (including my current partner) who were nothing short of saints. Much to their credit, definitely NOT to mine,…

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Last Week TODAY

  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.     What a cool horse! #Gin killin in during her first real #xc school this am. She’s going to be a great one in the coming years! #eventerinthemaking #beast #crosscountry A post shared by Doug Payne (@dpequestrian) on Oct 24, 2017 at 8:37am PDT   When Stevie Hobday commentates👌🏻🐴🍻🇫🇷🍾 #DadJumpsRoundWithMe #CompetitiveParents #TeamHobday #TeamTrainer #LeLion #WorldChamps #JumpAClearWinAbeer #StevieHobday #🇫🇷 #ShadowSportsHorses #YehBoi @BaileysFeeds @equilibriumprod @grubsboots @spaldingsaddles @pmequestrian @uvexequestrianuk #Uvexequestrian @hoptonhorsecentre @usg_ @equineproductsuk @freejumpsystem @Crowwood_equestrian…

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