Tag Archives: eventing

Dressage Diva does disciplines

By Georgina Roberts FEI definition: eventing “A formidable combination of cross-country, jumping and dressage. Eventing is often known as the triathlon of the equestrian world. A truly complete sport that tests both the horse and rider in all aspects of horsemanship, and one of the three Olympic disciplines.” Unofficial definition: eventing “Eventing is for people who realise one discipline isn’t ...

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Planning your cross country round

For some, riding across the country is the real essence of eventing. All those hours spent getting the horses balanced, on the aids and working in harmony with the rider come together on the cross country course. “It’s not just about going flat-out to beat the clock, although speed is one of the requirements – it’s also about jumping ability, ...

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The benefits of working on different surfaces

Soundness is a key factor in equine athletes, and the trainer’s ability to keep the horse in peak condition while working at the required level depends on a complex interaction between the horse and the environment. The surfaces a horse trains and competes on play a crucial role in the horse’s ability to perform at his best and avoid injury. ...

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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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Victoria Scott’s journey to Bramham

In the October issue of HQ, we introduced readers to Victoria Scott, a South African rider who moved to France to immerse herself in the eventing scene. This month Vicky shares more of her experiences to give a taste of the world of international equestrianism. Going to Bramham My journey to Bramham started many months before the event itself – ...

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Rider profile: Kimberly Cunningham

Born in Zimbabwe, Kimberly now resides with her family in Cape Town and attends the Silvermine Academy. Kimberly won the Polo International Horse Trials Pony Riders’ class last year on her pony, Legacy. Kimberly has moved up to the Junior Class this year and will be competing in a very competitive Eventing 100 class on Rodeo Spin. Kimberly has an ...

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Rider profile: Beth and Alex Coxon Gilliat

Thirteen-year-old identical twins Amy and Beth Coxon Gilliat will be competing in this year’s Polo International Horse Trials event. Amy will ride Global Herbs Fairy Lane, a 6-year-old TB she has brought on since coming off her very successful pony. Amy and Fairy compete at 80cm eventing, 90cm show jumping and novice dressage. Fairy and Amy consistently placed at Junior Derby and ...

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Saddle up for some cross-country action

A record number of entries have been received for this year’s Polo International Horse Trials event, which takes place over the weekend of 31 October and 1 November at Waterfall Polo Estate in Midrand. Hosted by Polo South Africa and presented by DSTV Premium, more than 190 entries from as far afield as the United Kingdom, France, Zambia and Zimbabwe ...

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Selecting the eventing horse – Part 1

First and foremost, a successful eventing career relies on a good relationship between horse and rider. Selecting the right horse has a great deal to do with this partnership. Accomplished eventer Mary King shares her insights into how to get off to the right start. What makes a good event horse? Mary King believes that the first thing to look ...

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