Invitation to Compete at 2019 Australian Interschool Championships

Invitation to Compete at 2019 Australian Interschool Championships

Expressions of Interest are now open for the jumping team, details below: Event: Marcus Oldham Australian National Interschool ChampionshipsDates: Saturday 28th September – Wednesday 2nd October 2019 Riders/Team: 4 x secondary school aged riders Class: Two consecutive...

Kiwis Fly at Olympic Qualifier

Kiwis Fly at Olympic Qualifier

New Zealand showjumpers have qualified a team for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games after a hard-fought victory at the FEI Group G Qualifier in Valkenswaard, The Netherlands. The only clear rounds inside the time allowed over the two rounds came from Kiwi riders Tom Tarver...

Good Grooming Tips from the Pros

Good Grooming Tips from the Pros

Tips from four champion trainers to make your horse's coat glow in the show ring. From Horse & Rider magazine. Go to a top-level show anywhere, and you'll be struck by the way the horses' haircoats gleam. How do they get that horse-show glow? Here, four champion...

5 Top Show Jumping Tips with Kevin McNab

5 Top Show Jumping Tips with Kevin McNab

International event rider Kevin McNab provides five top tips to improve your show jumping performance this season. 1.    Position Your position and weight distribution are very influential when jumping. Especially if you are riding a more sensitive horse with a...

Kate Dodd on getting selected for the European’s

Kate Dodd on getting selected for the European’s

With European Team GBR selection announcements happening this week we wanted to catch up with some of the #supergrooms ahead of the FEI European Championships, which take place in Rotterdam from 19 – 25 August 2019.The Team GBR showjumping grooms are David Honnet...

How Your Horse Jumps

How Your Horse Jumps

Understanding your horse's jumping mechanics can make you a better rider and trainer--and help him stay sounder. Credit: © Bob Langrish John Whitaker’stwo-time FEI World Cup winner Milton, whose scapula was much more sloping than most top jumpers, did not push off as...

Farewell, Sir Mark

Farewell, Sir Mark

Sir Mark Todd has paid tribute to those who have helped him throughout his career as he announced his retirement on Sunday... Two-time Olympic gold medallist Sir Mark Todd announced his retirement from Eventing effective immediately on Sunday. Competing at the FEI...

John Cottle // Creating that special bond

John Cottle // Creating that special bond

What’s the secret to creating that special bond between you and your horse? We asked Olympian John Cottle to give us a little insight into how best to make that happen and to tell us about some of his favourite horses… John should know how to create the perfect...

Driven to Help Others Succeed // A groom’s story with Lydia Beales

Driven to Help Others Succeed // A groom’s story with Lydia Beales

It’s probably no surprise that groom Lydia Beales is inspired by a horse first and foremost . . . Balmoral Sensation no less. The lass from West Yorkshire has been right beside Clarke Johnstone’s magnificent grey for many of their fantastic wins and milestones as his...

Sometimes You Have To Be Flexible

Sometimes You Have To Be Flexible

Breaking up is hard to do, be it with a husband or a horse. Trust me on this; I’ve done both. The former took 18 long, difficult years for both of us to realize the situation wasn’t good for anyone. It was a painful transition, but the end resulted in six happier...

Good Grooms Vs. Great Grooms

Good Grooms Vs. Great Grooms

We all know what an important part grooms play in the running and sustainability of a yard. I won’t get too bogged down with just how important they are, as I think I might be here a while… But, as with every job, there are the good, and then there are the great. Not...

How Carl Hester Keeps His Horses

How Carl Hester Keeps His Horses

Five-time British Olympian and gold medalist Carl Hester doesn’t keep secrets about how he cares for, develops, and trains the horses in his care. He’s even got their daily routine posted on his website. And that’s lucky for us, because the man is a fountain of...

13 things all the best horsey mums and dads do for their kids

13 things all the best horsey mums and dads do for their kids

A horsey mum or dad can be the greatest attribute in a top rider’s career. And even if you don’t aspire to ride at grand prix, storm round Badminton or jump on a Nations Cup team, it’s pretty likely your mum or dad is a vital part of your equestrian support team. Read...

Daniel Deusser: 9 Ways to Ride Like a Pro Even if You Aren’t One

Daniel Deusser: 9 Ways to Ride Like a Pro Even if You Aren’t One

While interviewing riders for a new book, I wanted to know what the most important habits and patterns were to become successful in the mentally challenging sport of show jumping. One of my favourite interviews, Daniel Deusser, is well known as one of the sport’s most...

Practical Horseman Podcast: George Morris

Practical Horseman Podcast: George Morris

A behind-the-scenes look at Practical Horseman’s debut podcast with the legendary George Morris. “I’ve never been the best rider. I’ve never been a Nick Skelton. I’ve never been a McLain. I’ve never been a Kent. Never. But I never lowered my standards with...

How to Never, Ever Forget Your Course Again — In Four Easy Steps

How to Never, Ever Forget Your Course Again — In Four Easy Steps

On a regular basis, I'm asked if there are any ways to memorize the course and ensure that you won’t forget it — even under the pressure of competition. We've all been in that sticky situation on course: we land from a jump and suddenly forget which way to go. This...

What McLain Ward Said About Horses Is a Lesson For All of Us

What McLain Ward Said About Horses Is a Lesson For All of Us

When McLain Ward gave his acceptance speech for the USEF Equestrian of the Year award, he spoke on eloquently a number of topics -  from the mentors who have shaped his riding, to his father’s influence and that of his young family, to the longstanding members of his...

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