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Who jumped it best….Kevin McNab barefoot, or Kevin McNab on horseback in Tokyo? Hard to tell honestly, we think his form is pretty great on foot, but the benefit of the doubt probably goes to Don Quidam, mostly because he’s a damn handsome horse. Sorry Kevin, we can’t help it if we love your horse slightly more than your barefooted self!
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Not finished with Tokyo yet? Enjoy this course walk with silver medallist Shane Rose as we do a video birds-eye view of the Olympic cross country course a few weeks ago in Tokyo. Shane was double clear four seconds under the time with his mount Virgil, so he’s a decent one to listen to do a course walk. [Walk Tokyo with Shane Rose]
Chances are pretty high that you’ve experienced show-jitters before. Maybe it was before an important competition, a clinic with an unknown clinician, your first group lesson, or riding in front of a friend or family member for the first time. Regardless of the situation, you’ll probably agree that performance anxiety is one thing you’d rather avoid. The problem with show-jitters is that it creates pressure: pressure to avoid messing up or letting people down, or the pressure to look good or risk having others think you’re bad. Check out Daniel Stewart’s blog this month on how to handle the jitters. [Pressure Proof with Daniel Stewart]
In the summer of 2019, Mellisa Warden was balancing her career as a USEA technical delegate and “R” judge with a job working for a local FEI veterinarian. She was also preparing to move up to the Intermediate level of eventing with her Thoroughbred gelding, Deadpool, and running marathons in her free time when she and her daughter flew from their home in Aiken, S.C. to Germany to visit Warden’s husband, who was stationed there while serving in the military. On a Sunday morning in Berlin, the sun peeking through the clouds, Warden and her family were bicycling through the city when Warden hit a set of tram tracks in the center of a street, flying off her bike. “I thought, okay, my ankle’s sprained. I’ll tape it up, it’ll be fine,” Warden said. “People were running up to pull me out of the road. They got me up, and when I put my foot down so I could balance a little bit, my ankle detached from my leg.” [Mellisa Warden’s Decision After A Traumatic Injury Led To A New Beginning]
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