Category Archives: Riders

Are your bridle preferences similar to the rest of the equestrian world? Check out last week’s poll results

  Last week, we polled riders from around the equestrian world on which bridles they are riding in and why. Over 2,800 riders responded to the poll giving us a great idea of what people are using. Of course, picking a pair a bridle depends on the type of horse you have and your personal style preferences. There are many brands of bridles on the market but some appear to be more popular. Check out the poll results below to see how which bridles equestrians are riding with… Are you part of the majority or minority?        …

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Non-horsey sports that equestrians would excel at

  A fellow equestrian friend of mine recently posted on Facebook that she dreamt she was exceptionally talented at a non-equestrian sport and went to the Olympics. Of course, she woke up and could not remember which sport it was. This sent me on a train of thoughts about which sports equestrians could, in fact, kick some serious butt at. Riding horses is HARD and dealing with them on the ground is even worse. This makes equestrians a tough breed of athletes with a range of talents. So if you are losing hopes of riding at this year’s World Equestrian…

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Four-word horror stories: Equestrian edition

  WARNING: Uncensored language. But all in fun. Cruising around the internet the other day, I came across a meme that said ‘four-word horror story – eliminated at fence one’. Hilarious. Except that it very nearly happened to me, two weeks ago at a show. It was sort of like ‘Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, show jumping version’, and was made all the more stupidly infuriating when the horse went on to jump clear in the next class… Anyway, it got me thinking. The scope for Eventing four-word horror stories is endless. ‘Help! Stuck in coffin’ ‘Bolted in dressage test’…

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Rider Connect from Bit of Britain: Caitlin Romeo

   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 Caitlin Romeo, a professional rider who has produced multiple horses to the upper levels. If you would like to be featured in Rider Connect, email me.   Get to know Caitlin I’m a 31-year-old who rides professionally. I am from Sharon, VT originally; I moved my business to Southern Pines, NC in 2012. I started riding when I was a little kid, my grandfather would buy my as many pony ride tickets at the fair as I wanted….

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Friday’s Five – Summer reads to transform you into a better rider

  Spending an afternoon reading and basking in the beautiful summer weather makes for a relaxing time. Don’t waste your time reading non-horsey books, instead use your reading time to make yourself a better rider. You can learn a huge amount about riding from simply reading quality horsey books, which is also cheaper than spending money on lessons. Enjoy some affordable lessons with the world’s best riders by reading these top books this summer:   1) Dressage with Kyra: The Kyra Kyrklund Training Method – This is one of the easiest dressage books to read and you can apply the information from this book in…

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Simple but game-changing grooming tip: Resourceful ways to make tack sparkle

  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.  Have you ever rocked up to a horse show and realized you forgot or have run out of your tack cleaning supplies? This is always bad news because even if you cleaned your tack thoroughly the night before chances are it still needs a last-minute shine before you mount up. Fear not, there are some creative ways you…

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Six tips to become your farrier’s favourite client – Sponsored by Back on Track

  Great for muscles, ligaments, tendons and joints. Products for horses, dogs and people. Visit www.backontrackproducts.com   I am fortunate enough to have the services of an excellent farrier in central Florida. He has a long list of clients, and I was only able to squeeze my little barn into his schedule because I know (was recommended by) a good farrier friend of his in Kentucky. Finding a good farrier can be a tough challenge, and the best ones are worth their weight in gold. The saying “no hoof, no horse,” is undoubtedly true. One time after my farrier was…

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When a horse show weekend SUCKS: Novice nightmare

  On Mondays, your social media is often filled with cute statuses about how your fellow equestrians’ weekends went and of course, ribbon photos. Yes, the classic ribbon on a horse’s bridle photos with someone holding it smiling like a Cheshire cat. One quick scroll down any social media platform and you will see way too many of these victorious little photos with joyous captions. But sometimes your weekend will SUCK. To keep things real, Sable Giesler shared her sucky weekend tale and asked Eventing Connect readers to share their horrendous weekend stories. Our readers did not disappoint… Continuing the…

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Tuesday’s Top 10 – Signs and symptoms of ‘Obsessive Eventing Disorder’

  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. First thing you do in the morning is visit www.eventingconnect.today to check out Today’s SCOOP. 9. When you are sitting in your car and traffic slows down, you start to cluck. 8. Getting up in the middle of the night to watch events online across the pond is…

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18 Bizarre but REAL fears that every equestrian has

  Owning and riding horses is incredibly fun and rewarding but it can also be equally stressful. Looking after a horse is a huge responsibility, it’s like raising a 1200 lb. super accident-prone toddler. Equestrian sports are definitely not for the fainthearted, but no matter how brave you are, you’ll still end up having some fears. Many of your fears are a bit irrational and on the weird side. Here they are, bizarre fears that all riders have that no non-horsey person could ever comprehend: 1) Going to a show and forgetting your horse. 2) Your horse’s automatic waterer randomly…

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