Category Archives: Riders

Tuesday’s Top 10 – Thoughts your horse has while getting clipped

  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. Why do I have to get shaved when you won’t even shave your own legs? 9. You missed a spot you dumb bitch. 8. If you clip a stupid cloverleaf or heart on my ass again this year, you’ll be sorry. 7. I wish you weren’t…

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Equestrians cannot be afraid of taking chances: Without risk, there’s no possibility – 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. This weekend I spent most of my time coaching and cheering riders on at one of my favorite Vermont venues, GMHA, located in South Woodstock VT. Normally I am competing at this particular event, and I am quite familiar with the anxiety and excitement one experiences while patiently waiting for your number to be called outside of the show jump ring. Although, this year I felt a different sort of anxiety and excitement…

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More Eventing wear with ATTITUDE for you to choose from

  You love Eventing and this line of fun clothing is for you to make some noise about our sport. Other sports have tons of swag that allow their athletes to be walking billboards, giving plenty of airtime to the general public. With this collection of Eventing wear, you can share your enthusiasm for your passion and pitch it to the masses outside the sport. Great gifts for adult and young Eventers! Here are the latest designs for ladies and girls. Keep checking back as there is much more to come. All orders will be shipped FREE of Charge to…

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The reality of chasing your equestrian dreams

  WARNING: Uncensored language. But all in fun.   Most of us started out on our horsey journey as fresh-faced, clueless pony mad kids. We couldn’t get enough of anything horse related, from mucking out a zillion stables in return for a heaven-sent lesson on the worst yak in the riding school, to saving our copies of Pony Magazine and putting the centre spread poster of Mary King (on a horse, obviously not in strange latex clad pose, although you do what you have to to pay for horses…) up on your bedroom wall. You adore cleaning tack and reading…

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Friday’s Five – Tips to gain the most out of every riding lesson

  Riding lessons are never free. Depending on which coach you are working with and your arrangements with him/her, the price of a single lesson can range from days of hard labor as a working student to over $100 a pop. You need to gain the most out of every lesson to improve as a rider without going broke. Remember, your coach is not your babysitter. Do not be pay your coach to simply supervise your rides a few times a week and then ride around aimlessly the rest of the time. Even if you can afford to ride with…

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6 insider tips to help you get sponsored by Bit of Britain

  (Note to riders that have already entered: If you read this and think of ways that you could have improved your original entry, you may send a new email but ensure that the subject line says: Bit of Britain’s Next Top Rider – Take Two) Getting a sponsor to support your riding dreams is possible. Bit of Britain could be your first sponsor and here are some valuable tips to make it happen. A few weeks ago, Bit of Britain announced that they were in search of three riders to partner with through sponsorship. The riders needed to be under the age…

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The secret to running a successful business in the horse world

  Reflecting on this year’s season, sent me down memory lane and I started thinking about how my life with horses actually began. I started riding in the summer of 2005 and loved it. Before the end of the summer, my parents, who knew absolutely nothing about horses, purchased me two ‘Mennonite rejects’. It was buy one, get the other for half price. My mom loves a good deal. So I became the proud owner of Katie, a 7-year-old Arab/Quarter Horse/Percheron/Thoroughbred dark brown pinto mare and Joey, a 3-year-old Quarter horse palomino paint gelding. They were in the process of…

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Three things riders love and three things riders hate about fall

  Summer is coming to a quick end and that means fall is getting underway. There are a few pumpkin spice addicts that are 100% ecstatic that fall is here but if you are like the rest of us, you’ll probably have some mixed feelings about the changing seasons. For equestrians around the globe, there are a set of pros and cons that fall brings. 1) You love the break from scorching hot temperatures. Hot summer days are perfect for going to the beach but are not so great for mucking out a barn, riding several horses, standing outside teaching…

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Rider Connect from Bit of Britain: Ashley Minion

   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 Ashley Minion, an aquatic biologist who is working her way up the levels with a talented OTTB. If you would like to be featured in Rider Connect, email me.   Get to know Ashley and her story I started riding as soon as I could walk. Following various ponies, I was in need of a horse and my mother’s 4-year-old Thoroughbred gelding was the only suitable mount in the barn. Taylor Made took me through pony club from…

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Stop wasting time – Tips for training yearlings and two-year-olds

  I used to be one of those people who thought the racing industry folks were insensitive and cruel. How could they start horses under saddle at just 18 months old?! How could they race them at two?!  Don’t they know horses don’t mature skeletally until at least four or five-years-old? Of course, they know, they’re just greedy!  I thought. I had started a couple horses under saddle myself. The first was a young POA pony who turned out well despite my fumbling attempts as a 16-year-old, but then he was basically born broke. And lazy. But he loved to…

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