Category Archives: Riders

Friday’s Five – Ways to give back to equestrian sports

  As an equestrian, it is important that you give back to your sport. You don’t need to have heaps of money or even time to make a big difference. If everyone put in some effort to do a few of these things it would make a huge positive impact on our sport: 1) Volunteer as much as possible this show season. Horse shows rely heavily on volunteers. If you have ever competed at a show, you have reaped the benefits of volunteers. Give back by being a volunteer yourself this season. It will be a fun and educational experience…

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Rider Connect from Bit of Britain: Alex Martini

   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 Alex Martini, a professional rider from North Carolina. If you would like to be featured in Rider Connect, email me.   Get to know Alex I’m 27 and ride professionally. I am from Barrington, Illinois originally but have lived in Southern Pines, NC for a number of years now. I started riding at age five because my family all rode and have stuck with it all these years! I have produced multiple horses up through the CCI2* level…

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Friday’s Fashion – Sun hats to keep you feeling and looking ultra cool

  This series features fashion “must have” items for riders and their horses. Tune in every Friday with your (or your parents’ or your significant other’s) credit card in hand, for some excellent fashion finds. Let’s bring style to the Eventing world! I have not personally tested all of the featured products but the websites they are available through are reputable, and I will not feature any products with negative reviews. If you own any of these products, please share your to opinions so we can all find the best deals and look great… As an equestrian, your primary hairstyle…

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Simple but game-changing grooming tip: Salvage a disgusting tail minutes before show time

Your average equestrian spends more time grooming horses than riding them. Over the years we all learn new, exciting and revolutionary grooming tips and tactics. Check back regularly for more grooming tips as we are on the hunt for the best.  Pooping in their own tails is some horses’ special ability. On a show morning, this grooming nightmare is enough to make you want to toss your cookies and skip the competition altogether rather than deal with it. Obviously hosing it out is the best solution but if you trailer to a show and have a limited amount of time…

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Five steps to nail your competition warm-up every time

  How long do you typically warm your horse up for each phase? Why do you warm your horse up for a certain length of time? Does the length of your warm-up change depending on the temperature? As a rider, it is your job to know how much warm-up your horse needs for every phase to perform its best. When I was younger, the lengths of my warm-ups were random. I would get on my horse whenever I felt too anxious to wait around any longer or if I was running late, as quickly as I could tack up. Often,…

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Rider alert: Pairs to watch at the Virginia International H.T. – Sponsored by Back on Track

  Great for muscles, ligaments, tendons and joints. Products for horses, dogs and people. Visit www.backontrackproducts.com   Connect with the Virginia International Horse Trials action: [Omnibus] [Website] [Times] This weekend, eventers on the East coast will be competing at the Virginia International Horse Trials in Lexington, VA. This event is running a CIC2* and a CCI1* along with national divisions ranging from Beginner Novice up to Intermediate. The event kicks off on Thursday with the first horse inspection for the CCI1* division. Dressage takes place on Friday for the CCI1* and the CIC2*, which will also show jump. Saturday is…

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Which saddle pads do you use? Which saddle pads do you want? Check out last week’s poll results

  Last week, we polled riders from around the equestrian world on their saddle preferences. Over 2,800 people responded to the poll, giving us a great idea of which saddle pads are popular amongst equestrians right now. As we all know, horse people tend to have different personal preferences and with so many saddle brands to choose from riders can pick what suit their individual needs. Check out the poll results below to see how equestrians choose their saddle pads and more… Are you part of the majority or minority?      

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Things you NEED in your horse trailer – 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.   If you own a horse (or several… who’s counting?) and a horse trailer you probably travel a fair amount with your horse in tow. Whether you are just hauling your horse 10 minutes down the road to a lesson or you are heading out of state to a big horse show, any trip with your horse is a big responsibility. The combination of horses and traffic means you always…

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Tuesday’s Top 10 – Things that are only acceptable in the “Horse World”

  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) Eating food off of the barn floor. The five-second rule doesn’t even apply. 9) Avoiding going to the doctor by borrowing your horse’s drugs here and there. 8) Avoiding going to the hospital by having your vet X-ray things you may have broken… 7) Showing…

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The unspoken rules of warm-up – Do you need a refresher?

  Warm-up: A usually crowded area where you and your fellow competitors are trying to wrangle your horses into the right frame of mind to perform in the show ring or on the cross-country course. I personally find warm-up the ‘scariest’ phase of the day and I know that I am not alone. I have hit the dirt in warm-up on numerous occasions. There is something about cantering into the show ring caked in mud from your helmet to boots that seem undignified but on the bright side, warm-up tumbles do not get you eliminated! Still, I would rather plan…

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