Category Archives: Riders

Eight ways to cut costs at horse shows in 2019

  Eventing, like all pursuits involving the fickle, fragile four-leggeds we all love, isn’t cheap. Here are some ways to make competing in this sport easier on your chequebook: 1) Plan your schedule and enter early. Almost all recognized events charge a late fee if you enter after the closing date. You can avoid paying this $50 (sometimes more) if you plan your calendar carefully. Make sure to write down not only the dates of the shows but their respective opening and closing dates. (Some shows even have “early bird discounts” that are $50 less than the regular entry fee—keep…

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An important friendly reminder: Do your damn dressage!

  Dressage gets a bad rap in Eventing Land. If you, like many others out there, would happily vote to chuck that phase out of competition altogether, please allow me, dear reader, to lovingly and gently admonish you: knock that shit off. A solid dressage education is vital to any eventer worth their salt. Before we begin, lest anyone accuse me of being a covert dressage queen, allow me to paint a picture for you: I’m an actual human potato who rides a (lovely, intelligent, brave) OTTB with a slight hitch in his giddy-up. He trots like a geriatric pony,…

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Struggling to master the Monster – Latest update on this tough OTTB

  After introducing everyone to my giant OTTB “Monster,” I figured some of you may be interested in a little update. The big oaf went to his first baby schooling show last weekend, and I was thrilled with his performance. Sure, it was just a 2’6″ jumper round, and he pulled a rail, so it wasn’t like he set the world on fire. But for where he once was? I couldn’t be happier.     Monster was professional in the warmup, in fact he was more relaxed than at home. In the ring, he loped around like a hunter and…

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Tuesday’s Top 10 – Ultra unique ways to get Eliminated at an event

  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. Instead of exiting the dressage arena at ‘A’ in a walk at the end of your test, pick up a gallop and attempt to jump the judges’ booth. 9. Ride any of the three phases with a lunge whip. 8. Jump the warm-up fences backwards…

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Lifesaving tips for competing multiple horses – WITHOUT a groom

  The world’s top riders frequently roll into events with over six mounts but these pros all have at least one groom. Their grooms tack up their horses and they just have to ride. This makes competing so many horses possible. But if you are a one-man-show competing more than one horse at an event becomes a cumbersome task. I have never had a big string of horses; the most I have ever had to juggle is four. However, over the years I have frequently ridden more than two horses at events and I have never had the privilege of…

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Tuesday’s Top 10 – Thoughts horses have on show days

  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. These ‘braids’ are giving me a fucking headache. 9. I don’t want to be brushed at 5:00 AM, I want to sleep. 8. Your hotel better be as dumpy as these temporary stables you have the audacity to put me in. 7. I’m going to…

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Eventing philanthropists: Four ways riders can lend a hand without parting with a dime

  Philanthropy should be a part of everyone’s life. It’s not just big companies with a lot of dispensable income that should be urged to participate in giving back to the Eventing community. Often riders reach out for support from fans, students and family to raise money to get to big competitions. That is part of the sport and we are lucky that we are part of a community with incredibly generous members who are willing to step up and help athletes realize their dreams. However, it is everyone’s responsibility to have their own social awareness and to give a…

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Extreme makeover Thoroughbred edition

  I love OTTBs– getting a new one is like getting a package under the Christmas tree. You’re filled with hope, excitement, and anticipation of what could be in that mystery box. Such is how I feel when turning over rocks, poking into corners, and stumbling upon what *could be* a future nice horse. Of course, when that new horse steps off the racetrack, there may be some doubts. The skinny, scrawny, awkward animal is a long way from the average image of a dream horse. You squint, close one eye (or both), to try to imagine what that rack…

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Tuesday’s Top 10 – Reasons most equestrians are single

  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 – Reasons most equestrians are single 10. Manure is not a sexy fragrance. 9. Your whip and spurs scare potential lovers off. 8. You once suggested to your boyfriend that you could help him lose weight by lunging him. 7. Clucking in the bedroom is considered rude. 6. Your last partner gave…

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How equestrians spend money compared to normal people

  If you are a rider or horse owner, odds are that you are not rolling in money. But you are not impoverished either. You are probably considered ‘horse poor’. This means you spend all of your hard earned money on horses so you have none left for ‘normal’ purchases. Why would you spend a dime on pointless luxury items when you can use it fund your passion? Although you might make more money than your non-horsey friends and family, outside the horse world, no one would guess this. Do these spending habits strike a familiar chord? 1) Normal people…

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