Category Archives: Riders

Six simple steps to master the art of jumping angled fences

  Angled fences show up on almost every upper-level cross country course around the world. Even if you are currently at the Novice level, it’s important to start introducing this concept to yourself and your horse so that you are comfortable with it in the future. A few things to remember about angling fences—you don’t have to be a rider to realize these, you just have to think mathematically. First, when you angle a fence you make it wider. If the table is three feet wide when you jump it perpendicularly, then it may be four or five feet wide,…

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Lessons from the Rocmaster School of Confidence and Charisma – Bit of Britain’s Next Top Rider finalist Austin Skeens

  After an overwhelming response with over 100 entries, Bit Of Britain has narrowed down the finalists for the Next Top Rider sponsorships. It has been narrowed down to 11 finalists. Austin Skeens, VA Ally McGlynn, CA Lauren Yeagy, Elizabeth Henry and Emma Sloan, IN Mia Braundel, NC Jane Cook, TX Hannah Herrig, FL Alexandra Tett, PA Grace Gaynor, MD Carter McInnis, SC Magdalena Valenti, TN Tosca Holmes-Smith, BC Tune into www.eventingconnect.today as these 11 finalists continue to strut their sponsorship worthiness with blogs and vlogs over the next few weeks. We encourage you to provide feedback and share your favourite blogs and vlogs…

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Post-season reflection – from Bit of Britain

  We are excited to bring you updates throughout the year from Bit of Britain’s 2017 Top Riders. Today, the bronze Sponsorship winner, Alexa Bresnahan shares what it was like competing at her first long format three-day event. by Alexa Bresnahan After attending a really great concert, people experience a fairly common phenomenon known as “post-concert depression”. Essentially, it’s the depressing feeling you get after an incredible experience that you know was once in a lifetime. You have just been filled with joy and excitement over the concert, and after it’s all over, there is a sense of letdown, knowing you have…

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Your ticket to the 2020 Olympics – Check out the Goresbridge select sale of eventers

  Goresbridge Go For Sold Sale: [Website] [Catalogue] [Performance footage] The Goresbridge Go For Gold Select Sale of Eventers is only days away, taking place Monday through Wednesday of this coming week (November 13th-15th). Over the last few of weeks, the writers at www.eventingconnect.today have been sharing their wishlists from this world-class auction. There are some very interesting prospects and we invite you to check out the catalogue and share what you look for in a new horse. Which of these mounts would you want in your barn? Email me your choice and explain why? Today is my birthday and I would love if someone would…

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Friday’s Five – Top reads to show jump faultless rounds in 2017

  Dropping a rail in show jumping is a quick way to drop down the leaderboard like a stone. Just the lightest tap of a rail can cost you a dream finish at an event. If you want to win events you need to be able to show jump double clears consistently. Winter is nearly here and, with harsher weather conditions, odds are you will not be able to cross-country school for much longer. Use this bitter time of year to master the art of show jumping. Here are five great reads that will get you and your horse show jumping like rockstars…

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The votes are in and the new Perri’s halter goes to…

  With over 6,000 votes cast, our readers chose Winning Machine as the coolest name containing the letter “E”. Congratulations to Grace Murphy from the United States; Winning Machine will be getting a fine ‘Amish made’ Perri’s leather halter with an engraved plate. Winning Machine earned 4.65-star rating and 808 votes.   Thank you to Perri’s Leather for bringing us this monthly contest to celebrate horse names. Each month you get a chance to win a beautiful Perri’s leather halter with an engraved plate to show off your horse’s unique name. Here are your top six:   Enter this month’s contest if your horse’s name has the letter ‘U’…

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Four steps to get your horsey photos off your phone and into your house/tack room

  Cameras on cell phones have revolutionized the way we take photos. Once upon a time, we were limited to 36 shots on our film cameras but now we can store thousands of photos on our phones. Unfortunately, countless stellar photos are left unseen on our phones. Sure, you might occasionally show a friend one of these photos on your phone or post one on your social media but I guarantee that you have a select few special photos that deserve a place hanging on the wall in your house. The 2017 horse show season has come to an end…

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Start every ride off correctly – Mounting block manners 101

  Riding a horse that does not stand patiently at the mounting block while you are trying to mount up is annoying and can even be dangerous. Many riders overlook the importance of instilling good mounting block manners in their horses. Sometimes, the more athletic a rider is, the less likely they are to make their horse stand at the mounting block. These athletic and experienced riders make flying leaps from the mounting block onto their fidgety horses then hang on tight. But there are no real excuses for neglecting this training basic. Teaching your horse to stand politely at…

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Horse people never let the tough times beat them down

  WARNING: Uncensored language. But all in fun.   The summer of 2017 has been such an insanity-filled non-event that it’s honestly hard to know where to begin. Firstly, I must apologize. I have written nothing for a long time. I have been a bit lost in the wilderness of life. The summer started well, my two mares were making progress and I was making it out to competitions on a semi-regular basis. I had been working hard with equine sports psychologist Helen Rennie, and I had my good friend Mary-Kate coming along to help me at the shows. We…

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13 dumb things equestrians have cried about and you probably have too

  Humans are emotional creatures. Sometimes our emotions are not at all rational. Being an equestrian doesn’t make for an easy life. Horses have minds of their own and can be extremely testing to work with on a regular basis. Riders put everything we have into our sport and when things don’t go to plan it can be painfully disappointing. Although riders are super tough when it comes to physical pain, we have all ended up crying over some silly things when you look at the big picture of life. These are some of the dumbest things I have personally…

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