Category Archives: Riders

Don’t miss these two Rolex contests. Win a 2018 Rolex round trip, quality tack and cash from Bit of Britain


  It’s the most wonderful time of the year as the four-star Eventing season begins this week with the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event. Bit of Britain is making it all that much sweeter for fans with these two amazing chances for Eventing fans!   If you are attending 2017 Rolex, do not miss out on this amazing opportunity to solidify your return to 2018 Rolex. Next year, the competition will be fierce as the world’s best will be contending for a coveted spot on their national team for the 2018 World Equestrian Games in Tryon, NC. Imagine, leaving Rolex with…

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10 Things equestrians can clean in a dishwasher

Beautiful Clean Stable  Horse Barn

  Owning horses is a tough gig. Riding, grooming, lessons, competitions and so on requires loads of time and energy. Not to mention, the endless list of horsey things that need cleaning. Horses are not clean creatures by nature and if you own one (or several) you’re going to spend a sizeable portion of your life cleaning things. Make your life simpler by tossing some horsey items in the dishwasher to give them a thorough cleaning and restore them to nearly new condition. Here are ten items that you can wash in your dishwasher: 1) Hats: Get rid of the icky…

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How to get press coverage for Eventing in your local community

Grandview Horse Trials in Hawkestone, Ontario just outside of Orillia, is a spectator friendly horse trial with way too little fans attending.

  Do you ever read your hometown newspaper with absolute envy when you look at the “Local Sports” section and it is brimming with stories about football, hockey, softball, soccer etc.? You will likely not read one story about Eventing all year. Do you realize that you have the power to change this and now is a great time of the year to begin? I hear so many people complain that Eventing gets no publicity and yet not many riders, coaches, and parents do much to change that. I think that many people do not know what to do. So…

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Rider Connect from Bit of Britain: Charlotte Collier

Charlotte Collier & Clifford M. Photo by Clara Richards/ Newsflash Photography

   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 Charlotte Collier, a young rider who keeps busy juggling her intense ridigng schedule with her college studies. If you would like to be featured in Rider Connect, email me.   Get to know Charlotte I’m 21-years-old. I’m student at Savannah College of Art and Design where I’m Minoring in Equestrian Studies and Minoring in Ceramics. I have lived all around the United States but I grew up in Naples, Florida. Horses have been a part of my life…

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Dressage judge comments scribes did write: Part 26

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  People from all over the world read, Tuesday’s Top 10 – Dressage judge comments scribes were NOT allowed to write. Many of our readers shared comments that HAVE actually made it onto dressage tests. There have been so many colourful dressage judge comments, we have enough gems for a series. The dressage judges who let their scribes write these comments, certainly were not sugarcoating anything. Thank-you to all the riders who shared these hilarious, real life comments. Despite what a  judge writes on your test, this phase of Eventing remains interesting when the unexpected happens. Thank you to all the good sports who are sharing some of their…

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Friday’s Fashion – In vogue dressage tailcoats


  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… Tailcoats are the standard dress at FEI events. When you compete at your first…

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Follow these four tips to start your Eventing season successfully


  Given that lots of riders spend the winter months down south and thus start competing quite early in the year, this article might be late for a portion of event riders in the U.S. However, for those riders (like me!) who winter up north and perhaps give their horses an extended holiday, the following tips for having a good debut may prove useful. I’ll use myself as an example–I just ran my first horse trial of the year at Fair Hill with my two geldings. 1) Realistically evaluate your and your horse’s state of fitness. Are you and your…

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What no one tells you about riding after you turn 21

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  The year you turn 21-years-old, is your final year as a young rider. As your glorious and promising young rider years come to a close, things suddenly become very real. You are now a senior rider, and it is time to either pull your big kid breeches on or liquidate your horsey possessions and pursue a non-equestrian life. Decisions, decisions… I have made a choice to stick it out in the Eventing world because I cannot fathom any other lifestyle but I certainly do not feel like anything is going easily. As a junior rider (under 18), I felt…

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11 “Oh no you didn’t” moments every horse owner has faced


  Horses are like toddlers on steroids. Actually, they’re more like Godzilla-sized toddlers on steroids that NEVER grow up. But that’s okay because you’re an equestrian and you love your horse(s) no matter what havoc it wreaks. However, there are moments when your horse does something so unnecessary and savage that all you can say is, “Oh no you didn’t!” Here are 11 examples of these moments… 1) When you go to clean your horse’s water bucket only to discover it managed to poop in it.     2) You give your horse a flake of hay, it promptly paws…

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The big ‘A’ – Why this milestone is just the beginning

Ema Klugman & Bendigo. Photo by Julieann Prettyman

  When I called my trainer, Packy McGuaghan, after Carolina International to ask whether I could move up to Advanced, he gave me an answer I didn’t really understand. He said ‘maybe.’ Here was an Eventing god, a man with answers to any and all obscure training problems, a voice of wisdom from competition strategies to veterinary procedures to conditioning schedules, telling me for the first time that he couldn’t answer my question. Surely he knew if the horse had it in him, didn’t he? You see, the thing about Bendigo is that he’s full of surprises. He can have…

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