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Ariat’s Riding Apparel Is Fit to Perform

Have we mentioned lately how massively excited we are to have Ariat join EN’s stable of sponsors for 2021? Not only are we long-time superfans of the brand, over the past year especially we’ve been in awe of the company’s standup role in making the equestrian community a more diverse and welcoming place for all.

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This Reader’s Horsey Holiday Cookies are ALL Your Horse Needs this Winter

These horsey holiday cookies look incredible — aside from one reader being incredibly talented at clipping Christmas trees on her horse’s butt, she’s also a master baker! Check out this adapted and improved recipe from Cortni Edwards, and let us know how many your own horse ate!

Photo by Cortni Edwards.

COOKIES:

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups (180g) all-purpose flour measured by weight or using the spoon and sweep method*
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼  teaspoon  ground cloves
  • ¼  cup molasses
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together dry ingredients.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together molasses, water, and oil. Mix the liquid with the dry until a smooth dough forms. Knead it a bit to get an even texture. It should be tacky but not sticky. 
  4. Roll out the dough to ¼-inch thick and cut out shapes, gathering dough and re-rolling as necessary. To make “donuts” cut a hunk of dough and roll into a ball and then between your fingers and the workspace to form a tube. Connect the ends of the tube and roll a little between your fingers to seal. The “pop tarts” are just rectangular cuts of dough that you use your fork to add ridges to the sides.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes and allow cookies to cool on the baking sheet.
ICING:

Ingredients:

  • Several spoonfuls of powdered sugar (plus more for consistency)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • Soft peppermints (or any other favorite embellishment!) crushed

Instructions:

  1. Spoon some powdered sugar into a bowl. Add about 1-2 tablespoons of the water and mix.
  2. Continue mixing/adding water or sugar until you reach a thick consistency (sticks to the back of the spoon but still flows off). 
  3. Place the icing into a piping bag or a baggie and cut a small bit off a corner. Pipe the icing onto the cooled cookies and dip or sprinkle the crushed peppermints on top. Allow to dry for a few hours until hardened (or overnight if you’re lazy like me!) 


These cookies are picky eater approved — Cortni’s horse, Spring, doesn’t like fancy name brand cookies, just the cheapest ones from Tractor Supply…but she LOVES these! 

Spring’s butt getting in the holiday spirit. Photo by Cortni Edwards.

PS. Non-iced cookies are safe for dogs 🙂 

Go Eventing! And Baking!

Happy Holidays! The Winners of the Nation Media Holiday Contest are…

Happy holidays! We are ready to welcome 2021 with open arms and say a hearty farewell to 2020. Thank you, all, for submitting your horsey holiday traditions for a chance to win some awesome prize packages in the Nation Media Holiday Contest!

Some of our amazing sponsors generously donated sweet prizes…

 

  • Banixx: Super effective grooming products
  • Haygain: Super luxe hay nets
  • Kentucky Performance Products: Coolers and other “cool” goodies
  • Legends: ProElite performance horse feed
  • SmartPak: Cute saddle pads

And the winners are…

My “holiday” tradition is nothing flashy, but it’s important to me. My 8 y/o appendix mare Duchess (Royal Trouble) has PSSM 2, a disease that involves muscular problems due to abnormalities in the horse’s ability to process sugars into usable polysaccharides. She is lovely to ride during the warmer months. In the cold, she gets pretty uncomfortable under saddle. Therefore, around November or December, we stop riding and dedicate the winter to in-hand dressage work. As hard as it is not to ride her, it’s really beneficial to work on strength and subtlety of cues on the ground, and then transfer these things to the saddle in the spring! During this time, I get the chance to ride many of the other horses at my barn, giving me the opportunity to test my riding abilities on different types of horses and strengthen my connections with my barn family. The start of the winter reminds me to be thankful for their willingness to support me and my mare. Plus, I get the chance to slow down and really appreciate all of Duchess’s cheeky moments from the ground! — Kelsey Walworth
Duchess being cheeky! Photo by Kelsey Walworth. 

Riding in Christmas parades dressed in poinsettias with sleigh bells as a breast collar so we jingle down the whole route. — Ami and Jamie Smith

Ready for the parade! Photo courtesy Ami and Jamie Smith.

Our horsey holiday traditions begin with Thanksgiving. We organize a barn “Turkey Trot” aka a trail ride with all the boarders. Christmas for us is typically spent out of town (not this year), so my mom and I make a point to go for a New Year’s Day ride. No better way to ring in the new year than on horseback! This year we might sage the place as we go and hope for better juju in 2021. The photos are of my mom attempting to convince my horse Beau to wear reindeer antlers for holiday pictures. He wasn’t into it. — Leslie Threlkeld

Attempt #1. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Attempt #37. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Beau may or may not have removed these antlers immediately after this photo was taken. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Keep an eye out for an email from our team so we can mail you your prize packages! 

These readers had some lovely holiday traditions, as well:

Since we moved to AZ, we’ve taken on a traditional southwestern Christmas Eve dinner of posole and tamales.  Jolene approves of the great winters here. — Lisa Burnett

A happy camper in the southwest! Photo by Lisa Burnett.

Our Horsey Holiday tradition is to give our employees Christmas Eve and Christmas off and my husband and I take care of all the horses. Everyone gets a secret surprise from Santa, including homemade mashes peppermints! For the boarders who come to visit, we go on a bareback blanket ride! — Jaclyn Burke

Glad to see this horse is on the “good” list! Photo by Jaclyn Burke.

Normally I give peppermints to the ponies and cookies to the humans, but this year I have more free time on my hands, so I combined the two and made these outrageous cookies for the ponies! PS. I also shaved a Christmas tree in my mare’s butt. It might become a new tradition. — Cortni Edwards

Want the recipe? Click HERE! Photo by Cortni Edwards.

Pure epic-ness. Photo by Cortni Edwards.

Thank you again for sharing your horsey holiday traditions.

Go Eventing! Happy Holidays from Nation Media and our wonderful sponsors!

Nation Media Holiday Contest!

Happy Holidays (in advance) from all of us at the Nation Media team! We want to celebrate YOU, our readers, and we couldn’t do that without the help of our amazing sponsors! We’ve teamed up with Banixx, Haygain, Kentucky Performance Products, Legends, and SmartPak to put together some sweet prize packages for a very merry holiday contest.  Saddle pads, grooming products, and other goodies are up for grabs!

Photo by Sherri Hooley/Unsplash/CC.

How can you score one of these awesome prize packages? Share with us your favorite horsey holiday tradition! You can email us or drop your tradition in the Facebook comments. Bonus points if you’ve got a holiday photo to share!

Do you decorate your horse’s stall? Make a peppermint mash? Dress your pony up like Santa and cruise around in a sleigh?

You have until Friday, December 11 to share your holiday tradition, and we’ll announce the winners then. Until then, stay warm and we can’t wait to see what you’ll be up to this holiday season!

Product Review: SmartPak Piper Sherpa 1/4 Zip Pullover

Fall is here, and winter is quickly approaching, which means that even if you do have an indoor arena to ride in … it’s COLD out! What does this mean? Besides furry ears, blankets for your horse, and breaking out your warmest gloves, this also means it’s time to go fall/winter layer shopping for yourself. SmartPak has an incredible variety of new layering apparel that fits the bill for my top criteria for cold weather:

  1. Ease of layering and on/off.
  2. Easy to wash without losing any warmth (no one wants fuzziness compressed or down falling out of their coat!)
  3. WARM.

Lynn Mueller on Georgia ODF. Photo by Eileen Mueller.

I had the opportunity to review the Piper Sherpa 1/4 Zip Pullover by SmartPak. Here are my observations based on my top cold weather criteria!

1. Ease of layering and on/off. The Piper Sherpa 1/4 Zip Pullover designed for layering; it is warm enough that it could be a top layer over a base layer or t-shirt, or a mid-layer under a coat when temperatures really dip low. The outside is super plush and feels really soft; the collar is lined with the same fleecy material as the exterior of the shirt so you don’t get that gross, cold, scratchy feeling on your neck that comes when that part isn’t lined. The inside is a flat weave material so it is easy to get on and off when you heat up.  I personally tend to run on the warmer side, so even when it’s around thirty degrees Fahrenheit, I’ll end up shedding a layer.  Some customers who reviewed the product thought the interior was a bit scratchy, but I think it felt smooth.  That being said, I’ve worn the shirt with a t-shirt underneath and have been completely comfortable.

Close up of the material and piping. Photo by Lynn Mueller.

2. Easy to wash without losing any warmth. This point is a deal breaker for me. Have you ever had an instance when you wash a lined coat or vest, totally follow all of the laundering instructions, and still oops, a hole magically developed, the lining fell out, and then your warm coat is not warm anymore? *Raises hand.* I’ve washed this shirt twice so far, and so far – so good! The instructions to wash this are machine wash, tumble dry.  As a general habit, I like to air dry my fleece shirts, so I did deviate from those instructions as far as machine drying goes — but otherwise, I didn’t encounter any shrinkage. Best of all, the fleece stayed intact, which is one thing I was worried about. I was afraid the fleece would leave little fuzzies all over everything else in the laundry — but it didn’t! Success.

Close up of the shirt’s piping. Breeches by Sakkara; boots by Dubarry. Photo by Lynn Mueller.

3. WARM. This shirt is warm — it’s definitely designed for cooler weather!  If it’s fifty degrees out, you’ll likely want to bring it along to the barn in case the temps drop, but you’ll be likely too warm if you wear it during that temperature range.  However, once it gets a little more chilly, or if it rained and was damp outside, this is perfect for keeping you comfortable.  I’ve worn it in thirty-forty degrees with no coat over top and been totally fine riding outside and hacking on the roads when it was windy out.  Remember, of course, sherpa/fleece isn’t waterproof, so if it’s drizzly you will get wet — that’s when you’ll need to break out another jacket like this one by SmartPak for more protection against the elements.

Last but not least, the style of this pullover shirt is super cute. The color of the shirt that I received was “Ivory with Barn Red,” which is a cream color with red piping. It doesn’t show stains too much, and though inevitably horse fur gets stuck to it (it’s the nature of our sport!), any dirt/fur washes out just fine. Do keep in mind that the style is a relaxed fit so you can fit more layers underneath. I am 5’2″, 110 lbs and had a size Small. An Extra Small I think would have been a little more flattering because I’m pretty short/small all around. To make this perfect for me, I also would tailor the sleeve cuffs to block out more wind, so the opening is a little smaller (I have small hands/wrists).  But that’s being nitpicky!

Lynn Mueller on Georgia ODF. Photo by Eileen Mueller.

All in all, if you’re looking for a warm layer for the barn or even just for running around doing errands, the Piper Sherpa 1/4 Zip Pullover is a great piece to complement your wardrobe.  To purchase the Piper Sherpa 1/4 Zip Pullover, click here!

This product was sent courtesy of SmartPak in exchange for an honest review. 

 

National Disability Independence Day: Equestrian Version

Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Yesterday (Sunday, July 26, 2020) was National Disability Independence Day. It marks the day that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law by George H.W. Bush in 1990.

By definition of the ADA website, the Act is “a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public.  The purpose of the law is to make sure that people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else.”

If there weren’t already plenty of fantastic things about equestrian sport, it’s also home to strong Paralympic competition across the globe, along with numerous other organizations with competition for individuals with disabilities. In addition, horseback therapy is incredibly beneficial for individuals.  Here are a just a few awesome programs and organizations!

Photo by Emily Peak/AQHA.

American Quarter Horse Association

The American Quarter Horse Association has an entire division called Equestrians with Disabilities, with over 20 classes. Classes include reining, trail and hunter seat equitation. That’s more classes offered than the last jumper show I attended!

Photo by Beaming, Inc.

Beaming, Inc.

Beaming, Inc., based in Wisconsin, offers therapeutic riding to promote physical and mental health for children, teens and adults. The organization offers an entire camp, as well as ongoing programming. Examples of adult attendees include those with diagnoses of: amputations, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, stroke, anxiety, depression and PTSD.

Photo by Move United.

Move United

Move United is a national organization with over 60,000 athletes supported nationwide across multiple chapters and sports, from skateboarding to taekwondo to kayaking.  Of course, we can’t forget equestrian sports, either! Lessons are offered, as well as specific military programs, and participants do not have to compete.

Photo by Liz Gregg/FEI.

Paralympics (Para-Dressage)

We can’t forget about the Paralympics, either – the pinnacle of competition.  It’s absolutely incredible with athletes can accomplish while showing — and they show with essentially the same dressage tests that we’re all riding ourselves!  Watch the video below to see the gold medal winners for Para-Dressage Grades II, IV, and V from the Tryon World Equestrian Games 2018 in action:

Let’s celebrate our sport and its inclusiveness of disabilities, both visible and invisible.

Go Riding!

SmartPak Product Review: SmartTherapy Mesh Sheet

SmartPak launched an entire line of unique SmartTherapy products on June 15. I had the opportunity to review the SmartTherapy Mesh Sheet.  Here are my observations!

The SmartTherapy line includes sheets, wraps, pads, and more that use Ceramic far infrared radiation (cFIR) technology.  Ceramic particles are embedded in the fabric to absorb body heat and reflect it back to the horse as soothing far infrared rays that activate blood flow, which may help to decrease inflammation, improve recovery, and protect from oxidative stress.

Full view of the SmartTherapy Mesh Sheet.  Photo by Lynn Mueller.

The SmartTherapy Mesh Sheet itself contains the ceramic fabric on the chest, shoulders, back, and hindquarters (the key muscular areas that often need the most warm up or recovery from a ride).  The rest of the sheet is made of a light mesh.  The product itself is easy to put on and remove, as it’s lightweight.  Once the front chest straps are adjusted, it’s also easy to use the quick clips instead of fiddling with buckles.  It comes with belly surcingles and a tail cord like a “regular” blanket would. However, because of the mesh and the therapeutic nature of the product, I wouldn’t recommend using this for turnout.  Furthermore, my mare isn’t destructive in her stall, but if you have a blanket chewer, he or she might be able to make a meal out of the mesh.

The sheet I reviewed was a size 78.  My mare, Classy, is a slightly narrow Thoroughbred and typically takes a size 75, but with the adjustability options and the nature of the sheet (the fabric breathes and isn’t so heavy that it pulls like it would be if she was wearing a 78 winter turnout), she didn’t experience any rubbing.

Front adjustable panel. Photo by Lynn Mueller.

Classy is turned out all night, so she wore the sheet during the day in her stall.  She started off wearing the sheet for two hours per day, as she’s never had any experience using a cFIR product before.  I’ve heard of horses getting rare allergic reactions to cFIR technology fabric, so I wanted to play it safe by not leaving it on all day.  After a couple of days of the two-hour trial, we moved her up to wearing it for four hours per day, then six.  Though the sheet is mesh and the item description indicates that it can be worn during hot weather, I was still hesitant for her to wear it when it was exceptionally hot out (over 80 degrees and humid, in Illinois), as I didn’t want her to overheat.  It’s not terrible in the barn as there is a lot of air flow and we have giant aisle fans, but especially for her well-being as well as with her being up for sale, I wanted to really play things safe.  She wore the sheet most days for our two week testing period but did go a few days without it.

Close up view of therapeutic material. Photo by Lynn Mueller.

After a few days of wear, Classy seemed to be able to move into more strenuous work more quickly, rather than taking a longer time to warm up.  Typically, she doesn’t come out stiff (usually this only happens in the winter when she’s not turned out nearly as much due to the weather), but sometimes it can take a bit of persuasion to get her to move forward.  I also was able to jump her around some low fences after a short warm up, and she felt great, especially having not jumped in a couple of weeks.  She did have a few days off and wasn’t ridden every day, as I was at a show with my other horse, but other than that she performed well.  I took her for a long trail ride with another boarder and she put out a nice, marching walk that’s hard to get her to do sometimes (maybe that’s an attribution to my riding, but still…) Meanwhile, she continued all-night turnout, which certainly helps with keeping things flowing.

Close up view of mesh. Photo by Lynn Mueller.

All in all, I’d say that this sheet would be beneficial for anyone looking to add a little “extra” to help their warm up or recovery, and I think it will be even more useful in the late fall or winter as opposed to the summer when I was a little worried about the heat.  Together with turnout, ample warm up, and appropriate days off/work load, it could be a great addition to your horse’s wardrobe and your own program.

To purchase the SmartTherapy Mesh Sheet, click here!

Fight Against Inequality: Resources from Readers

Jumper Nation editor Lynn Mueller is, to mince no words, a boss. In addition to being an accomplished jumper of jumps, she is a runner of ultramarathons, conqueror of spreadsheets, and hobby tamer of all things creepy-crawly (her spiders and reptiles make regular guest appearances during our team conference calls).

Lynn is also Korean, and has endured her fair share of racism. She penned an editorial yesterday, Editor’s Reflection: Part of the Greater Community, that is well worth a read. Today, she follows that essay up with a post that is equal parts personal and pragmatic. 

We are all on a learning curve here. I know that the events of the past week have shaped, and then reshaped, and then reshaped again, my understanding of the nuances of democracy and equality — and I still have questions. As Kate Samuels wrote in Thursday News & Notes this morning: “Take a moment today to sit with your discomfort over current events. What a privilege it is to get to educate yourself on racism, instead of experiencing it yourself throughout your life. Now go use that privilege and actually educate yourself on how to actually help.” -LW

These resources offer an excellent jump start. Thank you for sharing, Lynn. 

Lynn Mueller and Oliver James. Photo by Andrew Ryback.

I’m Korean, though it’s still up for debate whether Asians are “really” BIPOC or POC.  Regardless, I’ve experienced racism when living in China for study abroad (Caucasian students broke into my Taiwanese roommate’s and my apartment, dumped water all over our beds, and threw all our clothes out the window into a dumpster; I was also let go from a freelance weekend English teaching gig after parents reported to the principal that there was no way I could competently speak English well enough so teach the kindergartners “Hello” and “Good bye.”)

I have really dark skin, though Ancestry.com says I’m 100% Korean, and when I lived in Korea 10 years ago, there was still quite a bit of stigma against dark skin. As a VERY broad look back in history, thousands of years ago, if you worked in the fields farming, you would naturally become tan from the sun — whereas if you were a noble, you’d be inside (and therefore, no sun, very pale).

Times may have changed now, as 10 years was a long time ago, but I’ve been pulled into an alley in Seoul by a random guy and also threatened with a crowbar at the back gate of Yonsei University where I did some of my Master’s work.

I don’t mean to tell these as “sob stories,” but rather to say that though I have experienced acts of inequality, and I can begin to understand what it feels like … but these acts and some of the ones that other minorities experience day by day pale in comparison to oppression and even crueler acts that have been faced by African Americans for centuries in the U.S. and continue now.

Some of our readers have shared resources on inequality, racial justice, and youth programs. I’ve compiled them below so the resources aren’t lost in the Facebook comments.

Equality and Racial Justice

  • Racial Equality Tools: An enormous site with tools and research. A good site to find background on how the legislative system has been affecting past and current events, too.
  • Actions to Promote Racial Justice: Aside from this article, reader suggested actions also include simply asking a friend, “What do you need? How can I help?”  The wording in which we ask can be tough.

History

  • Letter from a Birmingham Jail: The full letter from Martin Luther King, Jr. Reader reflection is that really, not much has changed since this time in 1963.

Publications or Collectives:

  • Black Reins: A premier publication for black cowboys and horse enthusiasts.  Facebook is a good place to learn about how African Americans are responding to and discussing about events (in the comments).
  • Compton Cowboys: A collective uplifting the community through the equestrian lifestyle, while highlighting African Americans in both English and Western disciplines.

Youth Programs:

  • Compton Jr. Equestrians (Formerly the Compton Jr. Posse until the retirement of founder Mayisha Akbar): A youth program teaching riding, community, diversity to keep youth off the streets.
  • Ebony Horsewomen: An organization with equine assisted therapy, therapeutic riding, and educational programs to cultivate youth leaders and encourage academic achievement.
  • Chamounix Equestrian Center Work to Ride Program: A community-based prevention program that aids disadvantaged urban youth through equestrian-centered activities.

If you have another great resource that could be added, please let me know in the Facebook comments, and I’ll add it to the list.

Jumper Nation Clinic: Emily Beshear & Deep Purple Eventing

Emily Beshear and Olney Uncle Sam. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Jumper Nation Clinic continues with a new exercise to try at home. Jumper Nation has teamed up with top, respected riders who we love for both their horsemanship and their creativity with exercises they use at home.  Each week, we’ll be bringing you a new grid or exercise to try at home.  You’ll be primed and ready for the show ring when we are able to get out there again!

This week’s featured grid is courtesy of Emily Beshear and Deep Purple Eventing. Emily Beshear is a 5* event rider who also specializes in training and sales of sport horses for all disciplines.

Course designed by Nick Beshear. Diagram courtesy Emily Beshear.

This exercise consists of:

  • Bounces set 12′ apart, 45′ to a hogsback, followed by 45′ to another set of bounces
  • Two oxers set on a curve 60′ to the hogsback
  • A set of verticals on the side of the arena set 18′ apart
  • A line of 4 angled verticals across the middle of the arena set 35′, 60′, and 35′ apart
  • Single vertical in the middle of the ring with a line of verticals set 24′ apart
  • 60′ line of oxers

There are many ways this exercise can be put together:

  • It is always OK to start out with parts of the course and put things together as you go, or reduce the jumps to single rails on the ground
  • Jump the bounces to the hogsback, straight to the bounces
  • Jump the oxers to the hogsback on a curve
  • Ride the angled jumps straight across the arena (keeping your horse straight is very important!)
  • Jump the bounces, roll back to the oxer and ride the 60′ curve to the hogsback
  • Jump the 24′ line in the middle of the ring to the outermost angled jump
  • Jump the oxers at the top of the ring straight across (you will be jumping them on an angle)
  • Ride the bounces down to the single vertical in the middle of the ring, then turn left or right to jump one of the oxers in the 60′ line at the bottom of the ring
  • Have fun with this and play!  The goal is to get the horse focused and listening to you — your horse won’t be able to anticipate what’s coming up next.

Emily Beshear explains: “What I like most about having the different lines and sequences is how it makes the horses really tune into the riders’ aids and focus on where the rider is directing them to go since there are so many options.  All of the exercises can start with a straightforward version and can be made more challenging as the horse becomes confident in [its] balance.  And in all cases, there are beneficial ‘exit strategies’ — meaning, places where you can turn a bending line into a leg yield or a circle to help keep the flatwork correct in between the jumps.”

Emily offers the following additional suggestions:

  • Going from the oxer to hogsback to oxer on a curve helps to keep horses from getting flat when they have to push harder.
  • The line from the oxer to hogback to bounce helps to teach the horse to sit and balance after the bigger efforts.
  • All of the angled jumps across the middle of the arena help to show the riders whether they can have the horse truly straight between the aids off a short approach.
  • By building on each line gradually and adding more challenging turns with each session, the horses become very sharp and attentive.

About Emily Beshear

Emily Beshear is a CCI 5* rider and winning Advanced level competitor.  She also is a USEA Level 4 certified instructor and has coached riders from local starter competitions all the way through top international events.  Emily operates Deep Purple Eventing at Brickland Farm, based in Somerset, VA, offering training, sales, and rehabilitation services for horses of all disciplines.  To learn more about Emily Beshear and Deep Purple Eventing, click here and be sure to “like” and follow on Facebook, and subscribe on YouTube.  #trainthehorsenottheevent

Missed previous weeks’ grids?  Check out them out here:

Go Jumping!

Jumper Nation Clinic: Fancy Footwork with Doug Payne

Diagram courtesy of Doug Payne.

EN’s sister site Jumper Nation has teamed up with top, respected riders who we love for both their horsemanship and their creativity with exercises they use at home. Each week, they’ll be bringing us a new grid or exercise to try at home. You’ll be primed and ready for the show ring when we are able to get out there again! This week’s exercise comes from Doug Payne. Want even more? Click here.

This exercise consists of:

  • Trot poles set on the side of the arena
  • A low (approximately 18″) oxer in the middle of the ring, with ground poles set 8′ to either side
  • Bending line, approximately 54′ with some flexibility from the oxer to a set of 3 verticals set 9′ apart (bounces)
  • On the other side of the oxer, two bending lines: One approximately 54′ to a set of verticals 18-21′ apart; another to a vertical-oxer line set also 18-21′ apart
  • It is okay to start with all rails on the ground instead of jumps.  Keep the jumps low for confidence

Doug Payne explains: “This exercise is all about the angles and footwork.  It can be either mentally challenging and physically easy, or mentally easy and physically challenging – that way, you won’t get into trouble.  You can do the exercise in parts and put it together as you go.  I have the oxer set up in my ring every day and like to do a figure 8 over it or a circle, then move on to other parts of the exercise.  You can also start with even just the trot rails, then move on and do the trot rails to the bounces.

“When setting up the angled jumps, use less angle with young horses.  Also, if you’re using placing rails and the oxer is very small, you may need to roll them in to 7′ instead of 8′.  You can even bring all of these jumps down to be completely rails on the ground.”

The beauty of this exercise is that when the horses, land, they have something to do.  They learn that it is to their advantage to land in a good shape, go straight, and listen to the rider.  They also quickly learn that they need to be aware of their feet.  This exercise won’t prevent the horse from making mistakes; it encourages him to be careful and to focus.  The horses learn that the rider is there to help them out, but if they run through the rider or aren’t listening, there is a price to pay (an uncomfortable jump, a rail, etc).  The overarching goal is for the horse to focus without losing confidence (hence why the jumps should be kept on the lower side).

Doug offers the following specific additional suggestions:

  • Hot horses. Jump the oxer from the canter, then go straight to the bounce, then to the trot poles.
  • Lazy horses. Throw things at them quickly.  Be mindful if they pause or stall off the ground.  You can even “bait” them into being lazy (just sit there), and then give them a tap with a dressage whip at the base.
  • Unimpressed horses. Do a small warm up, then go right into a course.  Incorporate a rollback to the bounces.  Make a course out of the whole exercise rather than doing it in parts so they keep seeing new things and maintain focus.

Doug Payne and Starr Witness (USA). Photo by Shannon Brinkman.

About Doug Payne

Doug Payne is a 5* event and Team USA PanAm gold medalist.  He also competes in Grand Prix show jumping and has won numerous Grand Prix classes most recently at HITS Ocala.  Doug additionally is an FEI dressage and USDF silver rider.  He is a USEF judge, author of The Riding Horse Repair Manual, and clinician.  He is also a mechanical engineer and a pilot.  DP Equestrian is based in North Carolina in the summer and South Carolina in the winter.  To learn more about Doug Payne and DP Equestrian, click here and be sure to “like” and follow Doug on Facebook and Instagram.

EN Virtual Vendor Village: Sunday’s Deals!

Been missing out on shopping the vendors of spring events? We are very excited to present the inaugural Eventing Nation Virtual Vendor Village, a week-long online opportunity to score fantastic deals and discover new products from our favorite brands. It’s also a great way to show our support for equestrian businesses that have had to close down shop due to coronavirus restrictions. It truly does take a “village”!

The Virtual Vendor Village is taking place right here on EN from Monday, April 20 through Sunday, April 26. Throughout the week, over 30 companies are offering a “Deal of the Day” on their products — which means you’ll want to check in on their “booths” daily to make sure you don’t miss a sale! Expect deep discounts, special promotions and product giveaways. PLUS! We’ll be hosting live Q&As with top five-star riders and flashback watch parties.

Here’s a roundup of everything happening today:

WIN THIS:

WATCH PARTY: USEF Network is rolling out its Land Rover Kentucky archives this week! If you’re not already a USEF member, use promo code ENLRK3DE to access. Check out an archive of Kentucky show jumping footage here. And, in lieu of Sunday brunch, take a cue from Tilly Berendt‘s five-star inspired cocktail recipe menu here!

TODAY’S DEALS: Welcome to Sunday’s Deals! Click on each brand’s “booth” tile to be taken directly to the featured item or brand website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday’s Deal Summary!

  • AtelierCG: 15% off with code BEYOU
  • Banixx: 10% off + free shipping at Valley Vet
  • C4 Belts: Buy any belt + buckle combo, get a free chrome or metal buckle with code METAL20 (excludes engraved buckles)
  • Ecovet: 30% off with code Virtual30
  • ENO: 10% off with code Fest2020
  • Equine Therapy International: 15% off special
  • FITS Riding: 20% off with code ENFITS20
  • FLAIR Strips: Special discount at checkout with code LRK3DE
  • Fleeceworks: 10% off all orders all week with code LRK3D10; Free Easy Care Bamboo Slippers with orders over $100; 15% off Therawool Quilted Square Pad (All Purpose/Close Contact) with code LRK3D7; additional deals here
  • Hats by Katie: Free shipping with code LRK3DE
  • Horse & Rider Books: 20% off + free shipping with code KYBK20
  • Hound & Hare: 20% off all in-stock heeled and flat Regina boots by Fairfax & Favor
  • Hylofit: 20% off heart monitor with code HYLOEN
  • Ice Horse: Free HoofWraps Soaker with purchase with code HWS
  • Jane Heart Jewelry: 15% off all rings with code ring15
  • Kerrits: Tent sale deep discounts + $69 Competitor Koats + free saddle pad with all orders over $250
  • Kentucky Performance Products: 20% off + free shipping with code LRK3DE2020 (excludes Equi-Jewel)
  • Legends: Save $5 on Legends GastroCare
  • ProElite Senior: Save $2 per bag
  • Martin Collins: 15% off CLOPF Fiber May through July with code KY2020
  • Nupafeed: 15% off with code LR2020
  • Nutrena: $10 off 1 bag SafeChoice Perform (click on tile for coupon)
  • Omega Alpha: 10% off orders over $40 + free shipping with code EN10
  • Perri’s Leather: $25 off rubber reins (regularly $46.50-$55.95) with code REINS
  • HandsOn Gloves: 20% off with code KY20
  • Ride Heels Down: 20% off “Heels down, hold on” tee (coupon not required)
  • SmartPak: Enter to win a $500 gift card (click tile to enter)
  • Sport Horse Nation: 50% off classified ads with code VENDORVILLAGE
  • Stable View: $5 William Fox-Pitt DVDs – recorded schooling session at Stable View (click on tile above to purchase)
  • Tapestry Equine Products: 10% off + free shipping with code LR2020
  • Voltaire: 20% off accessories + free shipping
  • I Love My Horse Eventing Boutique: Need any other apparel or equipment?  Email [email protected] or text 727-871-5729 for your needs
  • World Equestrian Brands: 30% off (see website)

EN Virtual Vendor Village: Saturday’s Deals!

Been missing out on shopping the vendors of spring events? We are very excited to present the inaugural Eventing Nation Virtual Vendor Village, a week-long online opportunity to score fantastic deals and discover new products from our favorite brands. It’s also a great way to show our support for equestrian businesses that have had to close down shop due to coronavirus restrictions. It truly does take a “village”!

The Virtual Vendor Village is taking place right here on EN from Monday, April 20 through Sunday, April 26. Throughout the week, over 30 companies are offering a “Deal of the Day” on their products — which means you’ll want to check in on their “booths” daily to make sure you don’t miss a sale! Expect deep discounts, special promotions and product giveaways. PLUS! We’ll be hosting live Q&As with top five-star riders and flashback watch parties.

Here’s a roundup of everything happening today:

WIN THIS:

FACEBOOK LIVE: 

  • Join us live for a chat with Canadian Olympian Selena O’Hanlon and enter for a chance to win a prize from Omega Alpha at 11 a.m. ET on Saturday, April 25. [EN’s Facebook Page]
  • Get to know Savannah ‘Woodge’ Fulton in our final World Equestrian Brands Q&A! Be sure to tune in to hear trivia questions for a chance to WIN a Leather Care Package. Join us live at 1 p.m. ET on Saturday, April 25! [EN’s Facebook Page]
  • Join Wanja Gerlach of Performance Sporthorses, LLC for an Instagram LIVE Q&A at 6 p.m. EST on choosing the right stallion for your mare and other breeding information, presented by Athletux.

WATCH PARTY: USEF Network is rolling out its Land Rover Kentucky archives this week! If you’re not already a USEF member, use promo code ENLRK3DE to access. For cross country day, Virtual Kentucky takes us back to 2012 with the full cross-country program, with fresh interviews by commentator extraordinaire John Kyle and special guests including Boyd Martin and Allison Springer. Tune in here — and take a cue from Tilly Berendt‘s five-star inspired cocktail recipe menu here!

TODAY’S DEALS: Welcome to Saturday’s Deals! Click on each brand’s “booth” tile to be taken directly to the featured item or brand website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday’s Deal Summary!

  • AtelierCG: 15% off with code BEYOU
  • Banixx: 10% off + free shipping at Valley Vet
  • C4 Belts: 20% off all dog collars with code DOG20
  • Ecovet: 30% off with code Virtual30
  • ENO: 10% off with code Fest2020
  • Equine Therapy International: 15% off special
  • FITS Riding: 20% off with code ENFITS20
  • FLAIR Strips: Special discount at checkout with code LRK3DE
  • Fleeceworks: 10% off all orders all week with code LRK3D10; Free Easy Care Bamboo Slippers with orders over $100; 15% off Therawool Quilted XC Pad (Contour or Shaped) with code LRK3D6; additional deals here
  • Hats by Katie: Free shipping with code LRK3DE
  • Horse & Rider Books: 20% off + free shipping with code KYBK20
  • Hound & Hare: 20% off in-stock Explorer boots by Fairfax & Favor (colors oak, mahogany)
  • Hylofit: 20% off heart monitor with code HYLOEN
  • Ice Horse: Free HoofWraps Soaker with purchase with code HWS
  • Jane Heart Jewelry: 15% off all rings with code ring15
  • Kerrits: Tent sale deep discounts + $79 GripTek II breeches + free saddle pad with all orders over $250
  • Kentucky Performance Products: 20% off + free shipping with code LRK3DE2020 (excludes Equi-Jewel)
  • Legends: Save $5 on Legends GastroCare
  • ProElite Senior: Save $2 per bag
  • Martin Collins: Arena Master Maintenance Machine (both sizes) 5% off May through July with code KY2020
  • Nupafeed: 15% off with code LR2020
  • Nutrena: $10 off 1 bag SafeChoice Perform (click on tile for coupon)
  • Omega Alpha: 10% off orders over $40 + free shipping with code EN10
  • Perri’s Leather: Suede zip half chaps only $30 (regularly $50.95) with code ZIP
  • HandsOn Gloves: 20% off with code KY20
  • Ride Heels Down: 20% off “Eventer” tee (no coupon required)
  • SmartPak: Enter to win a $500 gift card (click tile to enter)
  • Sport Horse Nation: 50% off classified ads with code VENDORVILLAGE
  • Stable View: 20% off property rental (call 484-356-3173 and mention EN Virtual Vendor Village)
  • Tapestry Equine Products: 10% off + free shipping with code LR2020
  • Voltaire: 20% off accessories + free shipping
  • I Love My Horse Eventing Boutique: Up to 30% off select styles SanSoleil tops (email [email protected] or text 727-871-5729)
  • World Equestrian Brands: 30% off (see website)

EN Virtual Vendor Village: Friday’s Deals!

Been missing out on shopping the vendors of spring events? We are very excited to present the inaugural Eventing Nation Virtual Vendor Village, a week-long online opportunity to score fantastic deals and discover new products from our favorite brands. It’s also a great way to show our support for equestrian businesses that have had to close down shop due to coronavirus restrictions. It truly does take a “village”!

The Virtual Vendor Village is taking place right here on EN from Monday, April 20 through Sunday, April 26. Throughout the week, over 30 companies are offering a “Deal of the Day” on their products — which means you’ll want to check in on their “booths” daily to make sure you don’t miss a sale! Expect deep discounts, special promotions and product giveaways. PLUS! We’ll be hosting live Q&As with top five-star riders and flashback watch parties.

Here’s a roundup of everything happening today:

WIN THIS:

MEET & GREET: Tune in to EN’s Facebook at 4 p.m. EST for a Facebook LIVE session with World Equestrian Brands rider Buck Davidson. WEB is giving away an Amerigo leather care package to one viewer everyday, so submit a question to Buck for a chance to win! While you’re at it, be sure to check out World Equestrian Brands’ Virtual Kentucky Store for some amazing discounts on products from Amerigo, E.A. Mattes, Equilibrium and Vespucci!

WATCH PARTY: USEF Network is rolling out its Land Rover Kentucky archives this week! If you’re not already a USEF member, use promo code ENLRK3DE to access. Watch top dressage tests from the past decade and vote for your favorite here.

TODAY’S DEALS: Welcome to Friday’s Deals! Click on each brand’s “booth” tile to be taken directly to the featured item or brand website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday’s Deal Summary!

  • AtelierCG: 15% off with code BEYOU
  • Banixx: 10% off + free shipping at Valley Vet
  • C4 Belts: Spend $100, get a free solid belt + buckle of your choice with code CHOICE20
  • Ecovet: 30% off with code Virtual30
  • ENO: 10% off with code Fest2020
  • Equine Therapy International: 15% off special
  • FITS Riding: 20% off with code ENFITS20
  • FLAIR Strips: Special discount at checkout with code LRK3DE
  • Fleeceworks: 10% off all orders all week with code LRK3D10; Free Easy Care Bamboo Slippers with orders over $100; 15% off Easy Care Bamboo Quilted Pads with code LRK3D5; additional deals here
  • Hats by Katie: Free shipping with code LRK3DE
  • Horse & Rider Books: 20% off + free shipping with code KYBK20
  • Hound & Hare: 20% off all in-stock heeled and flat Regina boots by Fairfax & Favor
  • Hylofit: 20% off heart monitor with code HYLOEN
  • Ice Horse: Free HoofWraps Soaker with purchase with code HWS
  • Jane Heart Jewelry: 15% off all rings with code ring15
  • Kerrits: Tent sale deep discounts + 50% off winter tops and jackets + free saddle pad with all orders over $250
  • Kentucky Performance Products: 20% off + free shipping with code LRK3DE2020 (excludes Equi-Jewel)
  • Legends: Save $5 on Legends GastroCare
  • ProElite Senior: Save $2 per bag
  • Martin Collins: 15% off CLOPF Fiber May through July with code KY2020
  • Nupafeed: 15% off with code LR2020
  • Nutrena: $10 off 1 bag SafeChoice Perform (click on tile for coupon)
  • Omega Alpha: 10% off orders over $40 + free shipping with code EN10
  • Perri’s Leather: 1″ leather turnout halter only $49.95 (regularly $69.95) with code LEATHER
  • HandsOn Gloves: 20% off with code KY20
  • Ride Heels Down: 20% off “X, halt, salute, breathe” tee (coupon not required)
  • SmartPak: Enter to win a $500 gift card (click tile to enter)
  • Sport Horse Nation: 50% off classified ads with code VENDORVILLAGE
  • Stable View: 25% off Stable View short sleeve t-shirts (click on tile above to purchase)
  • Tapestry Equine Products: 10% off + free shipping with code LR2020
  • Voltaire: 20% off accessories + free shipping
  • I Love My Horse Eventing Boutique: Buy 2, get 10% off Goode Rider show shirts + free shipping (email [email protected] or text 727-871-5729)
  • World Equestrian Brands: 30% off (see website)

EN Virtual Vendor Village: Thursday’s Deals!

Been missing out on shopping the vendors of spring events? We are very excited to present the inaugural Eventing Nation Virtual Vendor Village, a week-long online opportunity to score fantastic deals and discover new products from our favorite brands. It’s also a great way to show our support for equestrian businesses that have had to close down shop due to coronavirus restrictions. It truly does take a “village”!

The Virtual Vendor Village is taking place right here on EN from Monday, April 20 through Sunday, April 26. Throughout the week, over 30 companies are offering a “Deal of the Day” on their products — which means you’ll want to check in on their “booths” daily to make sure you don’t miss a sale! Expect deep discounts, special promotions and product giveaways. PLUS! We’ll be hosting live Q&As with top five-star riders and flashback watch parties.

Here’s a roundup of everything happening today:

WIN THIS:

MEET & GREET: 

  • 10 a.m. EST: Taylor Harris Insurance Services (THIS) is hosting an “Ask the Athlete” Q&A with Kentucky winner Phillip Dutton on Instagram here and on Facebook here — post your questions and Phillip will weigh in via a video later.
  • 4 p.m. EST: EN is hosting a Facebook Live with top Kentucky finisher Sharon White, sponsored by World Equestrian Brands.
  • 4 p.m. EST: Join Chelsa Kolman of Dauntless Performance Horses for an Instagram LIVE Q&A on horsemanship, presented by Athletux
  • 7 p.m. EST: Tune in to top Kentucky finisher Lauren Kieffer’s Facebook page LIVE at 7 p.m. EST as she reviews post-ride icing procedures, presented by Ice Horse

WATCH PARTY: USEF Network is rolling out its Land Rover Kentucky archives this week! If you’re not already a USEF member, use promo code ENLRK3DE to access. Rewind to previous dressage days here.

TODAY’S DEALS: Welcome to Thursday’s Deals! Click on each brand’s “booth” tile to be taken directly to the featured item or brand website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday’s Deal Summary!

  • AtelierCG: 15% off with code BEYOU
  • Banixx: 10% off + free shipping at Valley Vet
  • C4 Belts: Watch bands BOGO 50% off with code WATCH20
  • Ecovet: 30% off with code Virtual30
  • ENO: 10% off with code Fest2020
  • Equine Therapy International: 15% off special
  • FITS Riding: 20% off with code ENFITS20
  • FLAIR Strips: Special discount at checkout with code LRK3DE
  • Fleeceworks: 10% off all orders all week with code LRK3D10; Free Easy Care Bamboo Slippers with orders over $100; 15% off Therawool Quilted Dressage Pad with code LRK3D4; additional deals here
  • Hats by Katie: Free shipping with code LRK3DE
  • Horse & Rider Books: 20% off + free shipping with code KYBK20
  • Hound & Hare: 20% off all in-stock Fairfax & Favor loafers and ankle boots
  • Hylofit: 20% off heart monitor with code HYLOEN
  • Ice Horse: Free HoofWraps Soaker with purchase with code HWS
  • Jane Heart Jewelry: 15% off all rings with code ring15
  • Kerrits: Tent sale deep discounts + $59 tights and breeches + free saddle pad with all orders over $250
  • Kentucky Performance Products: 20% off + free shipping with code LRK3DE2020 (excludes Equi-Jewel)
  • Legends: Save $5 on Legends GastroCare
  • ProElite Senior: Save $2 per bag
  • Martin Collins: Arena Master Maintenance Machine (both sizes) 5% off May through July with code KY2020
  • Nupafeed: 15% off with code LR2020
  • Nutrena: $10 off 1 bag SafeChoice Perform (click on tile for coupon)
  • Omega Alpha: 10% off orders over $40 + free shipping with code EN10
  • Perri’s Leather: Nylon fleece girths only $25 (regularly $39.95) with code GIRTH
  • HandsOn Gloves: 20% off with code KY20
  • Ride Heels Down: 20% off “Good studs are hard to find” tee (no coupon required)
  • SmartPak: Enter to win a $500 gift card (click tile to enter)
  • Sport Horse Nation: 50% off classified ads with code VENDORVILLAGE
  • Stable View: 25% off Stable View baseball hat in pink, navy, or green (click on tile above to purchase)
  • Tapestry Equine Products: 10% off + free shipping with code LR2020
  • Voltaire: Purchase a saddle, receive a free girth and stirrup leathers (mention EN Virtual Vendor Village)
  • I Love My Horse Eventing Boutique: RJ Classics Harmony mesh show coat only $145 + free shipping (email [email protected] or text 727-871-5729)
  • World Equestrian Brands: 30% off (see website)

Go Shopping. Go Eventing!

EN Virtual Vendor Village: Wednesday’s Deals!

Been missing out on shopping the vendors of spring events? We are very excited to present the inaugural Eventing Nation Virtual Vendor Village, a week-long online opportunity to score fantastic deals and discover new products from our favorite brands. It’s also a great way to show our support for equestrian businesses that have had to close down shop due to coronavirus restrictions. It truly does take a “village”!

The Virtual Vendor Village is taking place right here on EN from Monday, April 20 through Sunday, April 26. Throughout the week, over 30 companies are offering a “Deal of the Day” on their products — which means you’ll want to check in on their “booths” daily to make sure you don’t miss a sale! Expect deep discounts, special promotions and product giveaways. PLUS! We’ll be hosting virtual “autograph signings,” live Q&As with top five-star riders and flashback watch parties.

Here’s a roundup of everything happening today:

WIN THIS:

MEET & GREET: Join Robin Moore of World Equestrian Brands and three-time Kentucky champion Kim Severson at 1:30 p.m. EST for a Facebook live on saddle fitting. While you’re at it, be sure to check out World Equestrian Brands’ Virtual Kentucky Store for some amazing discounts on products from Amerigo, E.A. Mattes, Equilibrium and Vespucci! Tune into EN’s Facebook page at 1:30 here, and watch the replay here.

TODAY’S DEALS: Welcome to Wednesday’s Deals! Click on each brand’s “booth” tile to be taken directly to the featured item or brand website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday’s Deal Summary!

  • AtelierCG: 15% off with code BEYOU
  • Banixx: 10% off + free shipping at Valley Vet
  • C4 Belts: Sock bundles 15-23% off (no coupon required)
  • Ecovet: 30% off with code Virtual30
  • ENO: 10% off with code Fest2020
  • Equine Therapy International: 15% off special
  • FITS Riding: 20% off with code ENFITS20
  • FLAIR Strips: Special discount at checkout with code LRK3DE
  • Fleeceworks: 10% off all orders all week with code LRK3D10; Free easy care bamboo slippers with orders over $100; 15% off + free memory rear inserts included with purchase of ANY sheepskin Perfect Balance half pad with code LRK3D3; additional deals here
  • Hats by Katie: Free shipping with code LRK3DE
  • Hound & Hare: 30% off all in-stock Sporting Hares blazers, vests, and puffer jackets
  • Hylofit: 20% off heart monitor with code HYLOEN
  • Ice Horse: Free HoofWraps Soaker with purchase with code HWS
  • Jane Heart Jewelry: 15% off all rings with code ring15
  • Kerrits: Tent sale deep discounts including $9 bargains + free saddle pad with all orders over $250
  • Kentucky Performance Products: 20% off + free shipping with code LRK3DE2020 (excludes Equi-Jewel)
  • Legends: Save $5 on Legends GastroCare
  • ProElite Senior: Save $2 per bag
  • Martin Collins: 15% off CLOPF Fiber May through July with code KY2020
  • Nupafeed: 15% off with code LR2020
  • Nutrena: Big coupon coming soon! Learn more about Empower Topline Balance
  • Omega Alpha: 10% off orders over $40 + free shipping with code EN10
  • Perri’s Leather: Cotton leads with snap only $5 (regularly $8.50) with code LEAD
  • HandsOn Gloves: 20% off with code KY20
  • Ride Heels Down: 20% off “Heels down, bottoms up!” tee (coupon not required)
  • SmartPak: Enter to win a $500 gift card (click tile to enter)
  • Sport Horse Nation: 50% off classified ads with code VENDORVILLAGE
  • Stable View: 50% off accommodations (call 484-356-3173 and mention EN Virtual Vendor Village)
  • Tapestry Equine Products: 10% off + free shipping with code LR2020
  • Voltaire: 20% off accessories + free shipping
  • I Love My Horse Eventing Boutique: 20-50% off select breeches + free shipping (email [email protected] or text 727-871-5729)
  • World Equestrian Brands: 30% off (see website)

EN Virtual Vendor Village: Tuesday’s Deals!

Been missing out on shopping the vendors of spring events? We are very excited to present the inaugural Eventing Nation Virtual Vendor Village, a week-long online opportunity to score fantastic deals and discover new products from our favorite brands. It’s also a great way to show our support for equestrian businesses that have had to close down shop due to coronavirus restrictions. It truly does take a “village”!

The Virtual Vendor Village is taking place right here on EN from Monday, April 20 through Sunday, April 26. Throughout the week, over 30 companies will be offering a “Deal of the Day” on their products — which means you’ll want to check in on their “booths” daily to make sure you don’t miss a sale! Expect deep discounts, special promotions and product giveaways. PLUS! We’ll be hosting virtual “autograph signings,” live Q&As with top five-star riders and flashback watch parties.

Here’s a roundup of everything happening today:

WATCH PARTY: Today we’re flashing back to the first leg of the 2019 FEI Eventing Nations Cup series at the UK’s Houghton International Horse Trials. Do you remember which team topped the podium? (Hint: It was their fifth consecutive win!) Watch the replay FREE on Horse & Country TV at 8 p.m. EST here

WIN THIS: 

MEET & GREET: 

  • Chat with Allison Springer LIVE at 4 p.m. EST via  Nupafeed’s Instagram page. While you’re at it, save 15% on your Nupafeed order with promo code LR2020. 
  • Join John Michael Durr at 7 p.m. EST for an Instagram LIVE Q&A on course design, training exercises and more, presented by Athletux

TUESDAY DEALS: Welcome to Tuesday’s Deals! Click on each brand’s tile “booth” to be taken directly to the featured item or brand website. Check out our Editor’s Choice daily picks for Tuesday here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday’s Deal Summary!

  • AtelierCG: 15% off with code BEYOU
  • Banixx: 10% off + free shipping at Valley Vet
  • C4 Belts: Free white belt strap with $50 purchase with code WHITE20
  • Ecovet: 30% off with code Virtual30
  • ENO: 10% off with code Fest2020
  • Equine Therapy International: 15% off special
  • FITS Riding: 20% off with code ENFITS20
  • FLAIR Strips: Special discount at checkout with code LRK3DE
  • Fleeceworks: 10% off all orders all week with code LRK3D10; Free Easy Care Bamboo Slippers with orders over $100; Easy Care Bamboo Dressage Baby Pads buy one, get one free MD and LG (select pads) with code BOGO; additional deals here
  • Hats by Katie: Free shipping with code LRK3DE
  • Hound & Hare: 20% off all in-stock shirts by Hartwell
  • Hylofit: 20% off heart monitor with code HYLOEN
  • Ice Horse: Free HoofWraps Soaker with purchase with code HWS
  • Jane Heart Jewelry: 15% off all rings with code ring15
  • Kerrits: Tent sale deep discounts + 15% off Animals to Wear exclusives + free saddle pad with all orders over $250
  • Kentucky Performance Products: 20% off + free shipping with code LRK3DE2020 (excludes Equi-Jewel)
  • Legends: Save $5 on Legends GastroCare
  • ProElite Senior: Save $2 per bag
  • Martin Collins: Arena Master Maintenance Machine (both sizes) 5% off May through July with code KY2020
  • Nupafeed: 15% off with code LR2020
  • Nutrena: Big coupon coming soon! Learn more about ProForce
  • Omega Alpha: 10% off orders over $40 + free shipping with code EN10
  • Perri’s Leather: Crystal jump bats (all colors) only $20 (regularly $26.50) with code CROP
  • HandsOn Gloves: 20% off with code KY20
  • Ride Heels Down: 20% off “Everything hurts and I’m dying” tumbler (no coupon required)
  • SmartPak: Enter to win a $500 gift card (click tile to enter)
  • Sport Horse Nation: 50% off classified ads with code VENDORVILLAGE
  • Stable View: Eventing Academy Schooling – receive one phase FREE (call 484-356-3173 and mention EN Virtual Vendor Village)
  • Tapestry Equine Products: 10% off + free shipping with code LR2020
  • Voltaire: Purchase a saddle, receive a free girth and stirrup leathers (mention EN Virtual Vendor Village)
  • I Love My Horse Eventing Boutique: 10% off breeches + free number pinny (email [email protected] or text 727-871-5729)
  • World Equestrian Brands: 30% off (see website)

EN Virtual Vendor Village: Monday’s Deals!

Been missing out on shopping the vendors of spring events? We are very excited to present the inaugural Eventing Nation Virtual Vendor Village, a week-long online opportunity to score fantastic deals and discover new products from our favorite brands. It’s also a great way to show our support for equestrian businesses that have had to close down shop due to coronavirus restrictions. It truly does take a “village”!

The Virtual Vendor Village is taking place right here on EN from Monday, April 20 through Sunday, April 26. Throughout the week, over 30 companies will be offering a “Deal of the Day” on their products — which means you’ll want to check in on their “booths” daily to make sure you don’t miss a sale! Expect deep discounts, special promotions and product giveaways. PLUS! We’ll be hosting virtual “autograph signings,” live Q&As with top five-star riders and flashback watch parties.

Here’s a roundup of what is happening today:

WATCH PARTY: Go back in time to the 1990 Burghley Horse Trials where Sir Mark Todd claimed his second Burghley title. Watch the replay FREE on Horse & Country TV at 8 p.m. EST here

FEATURED CONTEST: 

EDITOR’S CHOICE: These are a few of Wylie’s favorite things from Monday’s Virtual Vendor Village: vouchers for 50%-off stabling from Stable View, 30%-off Kate Middleton-approved puff jackets/vests from Hound & Hare, 30% off my summer stockpile of fly spray from Ecovet, 30% off Kastel Denmark sun shirts PLUS signed Buck Davidson Eventing caps from I Love My Horse Eventing Boutique, and $5 off Legends Horse Feed GastroCare. View Wylie’s complete picks here.

MONDAY DEALS: Welcome to Monday’s Deals! Click on each brand’s tile to be taken directly to the featured item or brand website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday’s Deal Summary!

  • AtelierCG: 15% off with code BEYOU
  • Banixx: 10% off + free shipping at Valley Vet
  • C4 Belts: 20% off eventing styles with code EVENT20
  • Ecovet: 30% off with code Virtual30
  • ENO: 10% off with code Fest2020
  • Equine Therapy International: 15% off special
  • FITS Riding: 20% off with code ENFITS20
  • FLAIR Strips: Special discount at checkout with code LRK3DE
  • Fleeceworks: 10% off all orders all week with code LRK3D10; Free Easy Care Bamboo Slippers with orders over $100; 15% off all halter fleece sets with code LRK3D1; additional deals here
  • Hats by Katie: Free shipping with code LRK3DE
  • Hound & Hare: 30% off all in-stock Guinea London down puffer jackets and vests
  • Hylofit: 20% off heart monitor with code HYLOEN
  • Ice Horse: Free HoofWraps Soaker with purchase with code HWS
  • Jane Heart Jewelry: 15% off all rings with code ring15
  • Kerrits: Tent sale deep discounts + free saddle pad with all orders over $250
  • Kentucky Performance Products: 20% off + free shipping with code LRK3DE2020 (excludes Equi-Jewel)
  • Legends: Save $5 on Legends GastroCare
  • ProElite Senior: Save $2 per bag
  • Martin Collins: 15% off CLOPF Fiber May through July with code KY2020
  • Nupafeed: 15% off with code LR2020
  • Nutrena: Big coupon coming soon! Learn more about Empower Topline Balance
  • Omega Alpha: 10% off orders over $40 + free shipping with code EN10
  • Perri’s Leather: Economy leather safety halters only $15 (regularly $24.95) with code SAFETY
  • HandsOn Gloves: 20% off with code KY20
  • Ride Heels Down: 20% off “When is my ride time?” tee (coupon not required)
  • SmartPak: Stay tuned for a special surprise starting tomorrow!
  • Sport Horse Nation: 50% off classified ads with code VENDORVILLAGE
  • Stable View: 50% off stabling (call 484-356-3173 and mention EN Virtual Vendor Village)
  • Tapestry Equine Products: 10% off + free shipping with code LR2020
  • Voltaire: 20% off accessories + free shipping; special saddle pricing; Virtual Vendor Village exclusive – buy a saddle, receive a free girth and stirrup leathers (mention EN Virtual Vendor Village)
  • I Love My Horse Eventing Boutique: Up to 30% off select styles Kastel Denmark sun shirts + first 6 customers receive Kastel baseball cap signed by Buck Davidson (email [email protected] or text 727-871-5729)
  • World Equestrian Brands: 30% off (see website)

Go Shopping. Go Eventing!

Jumper Nation Clinic: A Do-Try-This-at-Home Exercise from Phillip Dutton

Phillip Dutton and Z at the Wellington Eventing Showcase in February 2020. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

EN’s sister site Jumper Nation has teamed up with top, respected riders who we love for both their horsemanship and their creativity with exercises they use at home. Each week, they’ll be bringing us a new grid or exercise to try at home. You’ll be primed and ready for the show ring when we are able to get out there again! This week’s exercise comes from Phillip Dutton.

Missed last week’s grid?  Check it out here, courtesy of Caitlyn Shiels and True North Stables.

 This exercise consists of:
  • Oxer, set 18 yards on a curve to vertical, 18 more yards on a curve to another oxer
  • Note that the vertical is perpendicular to both oxers
  • Ride your horse on the line that you decide: Direct-three, four-strides, or five-strides
  • The distance between each vertical and oxer is set at 18 yards total (54′), on a “square” curve/turn, which will help you fit either the four or five-strides in
  • Note that the direct three-strides requires careful direction so you avoid a run out and the horse doesn’t get confused

Phillip explains: “This exercise helps in training of the horse and rider to control and balance on a turn, using leg yielding through leg to hand communication. Practice being able to ride your horse on the line you decide. Each turn can be ridden on three, four, or five strides. Three strides is very direct. Four strides is a nice, square turn. Five strides is a very wide, leg-yielding-out turn.”

About Phillip Dutton Eventing

Phillip Dutton Eventing is based out of True Prospect Farm in West Grove, Pennsylvania and Red Oak Farm in Aiken, South Carolina.  With his vast experience in both eventing and also competing in show jumping, Phillip coaches numerous adult amateur, High Performance riders, and upper-level professionals.

About Phillip Dutton

Originally from Australia, Phillip Dutton moved to the United States in 1991 to train in a more internationally competitive environment and to prepare for the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, where he rode on Australia’s gold medal eventing team. In total, Phillip represented Australia in three Olympics and four World Championships after his move to the US.  He became an American citizen in 2006 and changed his competitive nationality so that he would be eligible to represent his adoptive home, the USA.  As of 2019, Phillip has ridden in every Olympic Games since his first team appearance for Australia at Atlanta in 1996, winning individual bronze at Rio in 2016. He additionally has won the USEA Leading Rider of the Year title 13 times and has held numerous top world rankings (FEI #1 World Eventing Rider in 2005, #2 in 2016, and #4 in 2017).

To learn more about Phillip Dutton, click here and be sure to follow him on Facebook and Instagram.

Go Jumping!

Best of JN: Turning the Next Page: Joining the Nation Media Team as Editor

It was a typical Tuesday when, like clockwork, the Eventing Nation daily newsletter popped up in my inbox. I’m a former eventer who used to eat, sleep, and breathe cross country. With a prior horse, I had a rotational fall at a down bank that left both of us mentally scarred. I ended up carrying some of that mental baggage over to my current mare, and the anxiety started hurting us on cross country. Three years ago, I decided that it would be safer for both of us to switch disciplines to showjumping — a decision where we ended up thriving. I became more ingrained in the likes of a new set of favorite jumper riders and sites such as Jumper Nation.

Lynn Mueller on Miss Hot Rod. Photo by Andrew Ryback Photography.

I never did completely leave the eventing world behind, though, thanks to the camaraderie of the sport, and I still keep up with happenings and favorite riders around the nation. Hence, the Eventing Nation newsletter still holds a near and dear place in my inbox.

A particular line in said newsletter caught my eye. Jumper Nation, one of Eventing Nation’s sister sites at Nation Media, was looking for an Editor. I was intrigued as I’d long harbored the writing bug and at the time had a release fast approaching for my second book on mental health awareness. Being involved in both the editing/writing and equestrian worlds would be a truly special way to combine both passions — not to mention that I’d always been a fan of Jumper Nation’s style, both in writing and aesthetics. I typed up an email to inquire about the role and hit “send.”

A series of conversations with the Nation Media team followed. Conversation flowed easily, a rarity in some of today’s social encounters. Maybe it was because we’re all equestrians at heart, or maybe it was because the Nation Media team is simply comprised of some of the most dedicated individuals I’ve met. Accepting the offer to become Jumper Nation’s new Editor felt like I’d at last found my niche.

Lynn Mueller on Miss Hot Rod. Photo by Andrew Ryback Photography.

I’m an adult amateur through and through. I started riding when I was a little kid, taking lessons once a week in my soccer uniform and a borrowed helmet. My parents had simply wanted me to become more “well rounded” with my sports repertoire. The horse bug bit, much to their chagrin (as we all know that horses can be very expensive). It took me three years to learn how to post the trot because “up, down” was harder than “up, down, up, up, down, down,” but any time spent on the school horses at the stable was well worth it.

When I was 10 years old, I became a working student and learned how to wrangle ponies and Pine-Sol an entire barn to make the wood shine. I wasn’t able to afford my own horse until I was in my mid-20s and showed up (possibly unwisely) at Hawthorne Racecourse with a trailer, poking around asking random trainers if anything was for sale. I brought my “heart horse” home on that same day. He’s been gone for five years now, but I still miss him.  My current mare is a former racehorse, as well. I call her my “wild woman” because now that we do the jumpers, she is always itching for a jump-off…even if we’re at home doing ground poles.

Like the rest of us in the equestrian world, I’ve shed plenty of blood, sweat, and tears (quite literally) over my horses. Sometimes when (not if) I wind up in the dirt, I wonder why we even do this every day. I’m in awe of the glittering lights at the big horse shows but also enjoy just hacking on the trails and going to visit the neighboring cows — maybe even more so than the shows at times.

Lynn Mueller on Fahris. Photo by Andrew Ryback Photography.

Thank you to John, Leslie and Meagan for our reflections on where Jumper Nation can (and will!) go. There is a TON to look forward to. Also, please join me in sending outgoing Editor, Meagan, the best of wishes in her next life chapter as she moves on to Phelps Media. I have no doubt that she will be a stunning asset to her new team.

I’m thrilled to join the Nation Media team and hope to truly grow our hunter/jumper community. After all, we’re all in this together: Amateurs, professionals, and everyone in between. We’re horse people.

Lynn Mueller with Miss Hot Rod. Photo by Juan Ramirez.

Go Jumping!