Category Archives: Riders

Work the walk – Three tips to boost your dressage scores

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  Walking is a judged gait in every dressage test, starting from Beginner Novice all the way up to the four-star level. As you move up the levels, the walk work becomes more challenging. From Beginner Novice to the Preliminary level you will only have to execute a free walk and a medium walk. However, once you reach the one-star level you will be required to show an extended walk. By the two-star level you need to be able to execute a turn on the haunches (pirouette) at the walk. The walk counts for a minimum of two movements in…

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Rider Connect from Bit of Britain: Jane Thomas

Jane Thomas & Louie.

   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 Jane Thomas, a junior rider who stays very busy with her working student job and school work. If you would like to be featured in Rider Connect, email me.   Get to know Jane I am from Eustis, Florida and I just turned 18-years-old. I am currently competing two horses, at Novice and Training level. I am a working student for Marcea Funk at Market Street Equestrian. We are based at Rocking Horse Stables in sunny Florida all…

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15 cheap products that will actually improve any equestrian’s life

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  A rider’s life can be a hard one, but we all know that horses are worth every single struggle. Although, it is foolish to make your life anymore challenging than it has to be. By using these 15 ‘cheap’ products that are all under $20, you can seriously improve your life… 1) A disposable muzzle shaver that most horses won’t protest to. Keep your horse looking clean shaven without causing a battle by using one of these handy and easy-to-use shavers. Price: $1.95 USD. 2) Boot socks that will make your feet feel like VIPs. Sporting these quality boot…

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Friday’s Five – Steps to help you find owners regardless of your level

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  You do not need to have an Olympic appearance on your record to seek out ownership support. There are many individuals who would be interested in joining your team and supporting your riding journey even if you are not targeting a four-star in the near future. But when you head out looking for owners you need to forget the traditional model of ownership – a wealthy individual already steeped in Eventing culture – and broaden your horizons to bring new people into the sport. People who would get satisfaction and enjoyment from being part of a sport team and watching a…

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Friday’s Fashion – Classy light jackets to rule the spring season

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  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… Monday was the first official day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere. The weather should finally…

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Training horses isn’t math – Quit thinking like a human

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  It’s fairly easy to think of Eventing, and horse training in general, in terms of numbers. A balanced canter departure is a 7; a very straight, prompt and uphill canter departure is an 8. A crooked or drifting horse on cross-country perhaps amounts to 20 penalties. A poor rhythm in show jumping delivers 4 or 8 penalties. But it’s beginning to dawn on me that training horses is not about numbers at all. In fact, the questions we encounter in training—the roadblocks along our ascent up the training scale—are far more like essay questions than math questions. Here’s my…

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Every equestrian has a superpower… What’s yours?

Which Super Hero are you?

  You may not be able to shoot laser beams out of your eyes or fly but you are an equestrian, which means you have a superpower or two. No mere mortal could accomplish the things that you manage on a day-to-day basis. You stack hay bales by the hundreds, jump over solid obstacles the size of a small car on the back of an animal, train a beast that is over ten times your size to obey your commands – You are a superequestrian. But which equestrian superhero are you? Grooming Guru: Every horse you touch shines like a bar…

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Rider Connect from Bit of Britain: Emily Maner

Emily Maner & Loki.

  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 Emily Maner, a young rider who is juggling college and competing at the Preliminary level. If you would like to be featured in Rider Connect, email me.   Get to know Emily I am turning 19 next month and I live in Maryville, Tennessee just outside of Knoxville. I am a full-time college student at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (Go Vols!). I started riding when I was seven because my mom told me if…

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An improbable prospect becomes a dream horse – Zeba

Carley Binder and Zeba

  Eventing Connect writer, Christa Dillon shared her story about an improbable horse that became her dream horse. This has inspired some of our readers to share their stories about their dream horses that were originally improbable prospects. Email us to share your story about an improbable prospect turned dream horse. Carley Binder shares her story about an OTTB that used to scare her that became her third level dressage partner … After months of being furious with my mom for selling my beloved first horse, It was time to take into consideration riding a new one. Of course, I…

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Tuesday’s Top 10 – Short rider problems

When you finally get a photo with your idol and all the photographer gets is your cap.

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.”   Tuesday’s Top 10 -Short rider problems 10. You need a custom mounting block. Twice the standard height. 9. The tails on your coat always get dirty… from dragging on the ground. 8. When a group rider photo is taken, only your helmet is visible. 7. Your dressage whip is taller than you. 6. Finding…

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