Category Archives: Riders

Eight clever ways to make barn chores a breeze

  Barn chores are no easy task. It takes a fit and hard working person to perform all of basic the duties required to keep a barn running smoothly. Running a barn is hard enough, don’t make it more complicated and time-consuming by not using these clever barn chore hacks… 1) Skip sweeping the barn aisle and use a leaf blower instead: Sweeping a large barn can easily take over 20 minutes but if you use a leaf blower to clean out the aisle it will take you three minutes tops. For the price of leaf blowers, I have never…

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Rider Connect from Bit of Britain: McKayla Mattison

   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 McKayla Mattison, a junior rider who is working towards competing at NAJYRC. If you would like to be featured in Rider Connect, email me.   Get to know McKayla My name is McKayla Mattison I’m 16-years-old and I just started my Junior year of high school. I started riding at the end of 2013, which was when I just started 6th grade. Ever since I was little I’ve always liked horses and would ride them every chance I…

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Fashion Alert – Ultra stylin’ grooming totes

  This series features fashion must have items for riders and their horses. Tune in every Friday with credit card in hand, ready to shop. Eventers deserve stylish choices and I make it easy for you to find them.  I have not personally tested all of the featured products but the websites they are available on are reputable and I will not feature any products with negative reviews. If you own any of these products please share your opinions so we can all find the best deals and look great… You cannot groom a horse without a grooming tote of some sort. It would take you…

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Friday’s Five – Horse industry careers you might want to consider

  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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25 UNDERRATED moments in every equestrian’s life

  There are many moments in our horsey lives that give us a great deal of satisfaction but for some reason, we never fully appreciate how much these moments mean to us. Let’s have a moment of appreciation for the moments in our lives that we sometimes take for granted … What underrated moments do you appreciate? Share your favourites by emailing me. 1. Finishing the final braid in your horse’s mane and then mentally high-fiving yourself for the professional job you did. 2. Putting a fresh bag of shavings in your horse’s stall… Best smell ever. 3. Clearing a massive jump…

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Tell us what you think about the 2018 WEG drama and win a cool prize – Take the poll

  Another World Equestrian Games has successfully taken place, this year it was held in Tryon, NC. Ros Canter (GBR) and Allstar B finished on their 24.6 dressage score to bring home individual gold and led the British team to a team gold finish. Padraig McCarthy (IRL) and Mr. Chunky won individual silver and helped the Irish secure team silver. Meanwhile, Ingrid Klimke (GER) and SAP Hale Bob OLD brought home the individual bronze and the French team claimed the team bronze. As usual, the WEG was an action-packed event with many riders experiencing major highs and even more having…

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Rider Connect from Bit of Britain: Kailey DeMeyer

   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 Kailey DeMeyer, a professional rider who also works as a Registered Dental Hygenist. If you would like to be featured in Rider Connect, email me.   Get to know Kailey I am 24-years-old, and I am from southeastern Wisconsin. I am a newly Registered Dental Hygienist, and when I am not riding, I work parttime saving smiles! I started riding when I was five. I received the gift of a riding lesson as a birthday present, and never…

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The unofficial guide for bringing your dog to horse shows

  See those lovely labradors in the photo?  You might think they belong to me.  They don’t.  They belong to the trailer parked next to me at a horse trial, and were tied up on a cable about 25 feet long.  Tied to the bumper of the truck, parked about 25 feet from my trailer.  Most of the morning, I didn’t see them (though I certainly heard the barking).  However, right as I was tacking up for show jumping, the dogs ran out past the rear of my horse trailer as another leashed dog walked by, stretching the cable to…

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Fashion Alert – Effective and eye-catching breastplates

  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.   Breastplates are a super useful and therefore common piece of tack. They keep your…

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Friday’s Five – Equestrian novels that will inspire and entertain you

  Fall is nearly here, which means the end of competition season is rapidly approaching. Before you know it there will be snow on the ground it will be impossible to even enjoy a cross-country school or outdoor school. The best way to control your horse show withdrawals during the off-season is by immersing yourself in fictional equestrian novels. Escape the reality of the off-season with these adrenaline-packed and emotionally captivating equestrian novels… 1) Fortune’s Fool by Mary Pagones: Pagones’ Fortune’s Fool series is told through the perspective of the irreverent, hyper-competitive Simon O’ Shaughnessy (and is one of the…

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