Tag Archives: riding

EXCLUSIVE interview with George Morris

George H Morris is a household name among equestrians all over the world. George is known for his influential contribution to the hunter, equitation and showjumping disciplines, and alongside having a massively successful career himself, he has also been Chef d’Equipe for the United States Equestrian Federation showjumping team, as well as the Brazilian showjumping team at the Rio Olympic ...

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10 signs he’s not the right horse for you

It’s always a dull moment in riding when you leave the arena, be it after a lesson or show, feeling like you’ve given it your all but your horse just didn’t give you back his best effort. Now we’re not just talking about a once-off incident, but rather weeks or even months of what feels like hitting a brick wall. ...

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Sport psychology for the equestrian

Sport psychology, or mental toughness if you prefer, applies to both amateur and professional equestrians. Sport psychology began as early as 1898 when research showed that cyclists performed better when they rode as a group rather than as individuals. In the 1960s, sport psychologists began to accompany teams to competitions, including the Olympic Games, and the International Society of Sport ...

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Tackling water complexes with confidence

Have you ever wondered why some horses fear water? Eventers and some showjumpers can have a hard time convincing their horses to go through water complexes or over water jumps. A young horse naturally fears puddles, because the position of his eyes on the sides of his head doesn’t allow him to see directly beneath him. He can also only ...

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Buying a new pony!

It’s a dream come true… your first pony! And having been through all the stress and time of finding and buying him, you can finally bring him home. To make sure that it’s a happy experience, here are some tips to make sure you’re ready for his arrival. Picking a yard If you’ve never owned a horse before, it’s very ...

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Rider profile: Bertram Allen

Many equestrians around the world are in awe of the young Irish talent, Bertram Allen. Soon to be 21 years old, Bertram has taken the international competition by storm and has quickly risen to the top of the showjumping circuit. Young, ambitious, talented and brave – Bertram Allen is certainly one to watch. Riding background Originally from Wexford, Ireland, Bertram ...

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Equine career: furthering your education and qualifications

The Dutch equestrian sport is known for its expertise. Dutch riders, carriage drivers, breeders, trainers and horses are dominating the world stage. Over the years, the Dutch have gained the knowledge and expertise in training, veterinary care, nutrition, breeding and equestrian management to perform successfully at world-class level. How did they get where they are right now? And how do you ...

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Barry Taylor’s take on SA versus the rest

Having represented his country too many times to remember, experienced campaigner and Team Nissan showjumping captain, Barry Taylor, says the equestrian gap between South Africa and the rest of the world is narrowing due to access worldwide to top-quality semen as well as an improved selection of mares. The game abroad Barry started competing under licence as a 17-year-old in ...

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What is the maximum weight a horse should carry?

Q What is the maximum weight a leisure horse should carry (horses who go on lots of hacks up mountains and through water) and how much should a competition horse carry? Asked by Bernadette Marx A This is a difficult question. Horses can carry between 12% and 20% of their body weight, but body weight is not the only factor that ...

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Nissan Winter Classic off to a great start

The Nissan Winter Classic 2016 is in full swing with two days of KwaZulu-Natal’s biggest showjumping competition already successfully completed. However, visitors to the Durban Shongweni Club can look forward to a full programme of captivating equestrian, canine and vehicular events over the next three days. “Overall the conditions for the various competitions have been perfect,” said co-organiser, Jodi Wolhuter. ...

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