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Vale Gillian Rolton OAM

Vale Gillian Rolton OAM

In Australian households the name Gillian Rolton is synonymous with eventing. Perhaps best know for her two team gold Olympic medals in eventing on her horse Peppermint Grove, Gillian was an institution in the Australian equestrian community. It was with great sadness that we learnt […]

John Maclean – A story of perseverence

John Maclean – A story of perseverence

In 1988 John Maclean was a semi professional football player in training for a triathalon when he was hit by an 8 tonne truck and paralysed. As an incomplete paraplegic John was determined to walk again. After much battling and hard work, he realised that […]

Book Review – Loxwood

Book Review – Loxwood

Over the last week, I have devoured the Loxwood series by Grace Wilkinson. Some of you may already know about how much I love to get comfortable and dive into a good equestrian read and the Loxwood series certainly fits the bill.

Loxwood 1

The Loxwood series, set in Newmarket England, follows the story of 17 year old exercise rider, Georgia James. While track work also Georgia an entry into the equestrian world as well as helping to build up her bank her passion lies in the sport of eventing.

From the first moment Georgia lays eyes on Loxwood she falls in love and knows that he will have a bright future when his racing days are over. When Loxwoods owners come to see him run and realise he will never be a successful racehorse, Loxwood is gifted to Georgia.

The five books in the series follow the highs and lows of Georgia and Loxwoods journey together. This is perhaps what I love most about these books. It is not a whimsical story of smooth sailing where girl and pony experience untold success almost instantly. In the pages of the story author Grace Wilkinson brings Georgia’s ambition to life and provides readers with an insight into the reality of life with horses. From reading the books it is evident that Grace Wilkinson has spent much time in the horse world. Unlike other horse books, the Loxwood series in grounded in the reality of life with horses, the heartbreak, the small vicotories and progress. Georgia and Loxwood do not instantly rise to fame and fortune, they experience ups and downs.

While the Loxwood series was easy to read, it was by no means lightweight. Grace also deals sensitively with several topical issues the dangers of eventing including rider death on course and the darker side of the racing industry.

Loxwood Lap of Honour

If you are a horse lover, I cannot recommend these books highly enough. Best of all they are available on the Amazon Kindle store meaning that you don’t have to wait! You can find Book 1 – Loxwood here.

You can follow Grace Wilkinson of Twitter and Facebook.

My values as an equestrian

My values as an equestrian

I recently listened to the #HorseHour podcast ‘Train your brain’ episode. In this episode host Amy Frost talked to performance coach Jenni Winter about how we can harness our brains to maximise performance with our horses. During this conversation, Jenni discussed the importance of our […]

Danielle Pooles – Featured Rider

Danielle Pooles – Featured Rider

I found Danielle Pooles a little over two years ago via her business facebook page Dressage Plus. At the time I was struggling with my competition nerves and a lack of belief in my own abilities as a rider. It was after reading a story […]

For the Love of Learning – Part 2 YouTube

For the Love of Learning – Part 2 YouTube

In my first post in the series, ‘For the love of learning’ I shared my favourite equestrian podcasts. Because we all have different learning styles it’s important to look at different learning tools. This week it’s all about YouTube Channels. As far as training goes there only a small number of dedicated YouTube channels that offer high quality training videos. However the ones that I have chosen are awesome!

The Dressage Hub

The Dressage Hub offers free video clips via their YouTube Chanel on a variety of topics. These clips are primarily of to riders having lessons with highly renound coaches  and riders such as Carl Hester, Robert Dover, Laura Graves and Steffen Peters. The great thing is that you get to see the rider work through an issue and hear the coach’s explanation.

I particularly enjoy the video’s which offer commentary by a judge as a rider works through a test. The video below for instance features commentary by Janet Foy on the third level test 3. As a side note for any of my Aussie followers third level is the equivalent of medium.

Despite the majority of videos being rather short they are still incredibly helpful.

Unstoppable Equestrians

DRessage PLus - Unstoppable Equestrians

Earlier this year my fabulous mindset and performance coach Danielle Pooles of Dressage Plus launched Unstoppable Equestrians. In the first video Danielle shares how she wanted to show up more in the equestrian world. Additionally she explains how her experiences with competition nerves led her to do the work she does.

Via this series Danielle shares a new video each week and covers a wide variety of topics from managing competition nerves and self imposed pressure to breathing correctly and even rider fitness. The videos are a great length at <10 minutes and give you a great insight into the topic as well as practical strategies that you can implement into your riding.

In episode 26 ‘Will this matter in a years time” Danielle shares what has become one of my favourite strategies for managing nerves in the lead up to competitions.

I’d love to hear from you. What are your favourite YouTube channels?

A clinic with Danielle Keogh

A clinic with Danielle Keogh

Last weekend I attended a clinic with my coach Danielle Keogh. As well as being an incredible dressage rider and coach, Dani is also an experienced physiotherapist. I believe that her deep understanding of anatomy and biomechanics gives her a unique perspective as a trainer. […]

Mathilde and Baldur

Mathilde and Baldur

I met Mathilde via the Equestrian Bloggers networking group on Facebook and was instantly captivated by her striking Icelandic paint gelding, Baldur with his blue eyes. My fascination only grew when I learned that in addition to competing in show jumping they also attend gaited […]

Wilson Equestrian Super Stick Breeches

Wilson Equestrian Super Stick Breeches

Product Review

I started wearing Wilson Equestrian breeches about a year and a half ago when I became one of their brand ambassadors. I instantly fell in love with the super stick breeches.

When I recently discovered that I own no less than seven pairs, I did start to wonder if I had developed an addition.

I could be a drug addict, instead I'm addicted to breeches

Lets be real though, it’s a pretty benign addiction in the bigger scheme of things.

What’s so great about the Wilson Equestrian Super Stick Breeches?

There is a lot to love about these breeches:

  • They are incredibly stretchy. For as long as I can remember, For as long as I can remember I have been hiking breeches up around my knees to ensure that I still have some semblance of range of motion once up in the saddle. With the super stick breeches this is no longer a necessity. They move with you, almost like a second skin. Additionally the lycra socks at the bottom of the breeches have far more stretch than traditional velcro closures. This means no more painful marks around the calf from too tight breeches.
  • The material is neither thin or flimsy. In fact the first time I wore my white super stick breeches at a competition I accidentally wore bright pink underwear but they didn’t show through. Not even a bit!
  • The extreme level of stickiness that these breeches provide is also pretty incredible. The entire inside of the breeches is covered in a pattern of silicon dots. And while these do provide extra grip they still allow you to move within the saddle as you need.
  • A wide variety of beautiful colours. The available colours include emerald green, navy, bright blue, grey and ice teal. Perfect for those of us with an urge to match! They are also available in white and beige for competitions.
  • Best of all they are reasonably priced. The new season colours (grey and ice teal) are a bargain at $99.95!

Wilson Equestrian Super Stick Breeches Review

 

The one slight draw back to these breeches was with the original design. They had Diamanté’s around the pockets and the back. Unfortunately these had a tendency to come off in the wash. This is likely why they were not seen on the more recent version of the breeches.

My Rating:

With a total of 7 out of 10 pairs of breeches in my wardrobe being the Wilson Equestrian Super Stick Breeches, its safe to say I’m a fan, I rate the Wilson Equestrian breeches 4/5 stars.

Wilson Equestrian White super stick breeches in Action
Wilson Equestrian white super stick breeches in action

 

Concussion in Equestrian Sports

Concussion in Equestrian Sports

I am a huge believer in wearing a helmet each and every time I get in the saddle. I believe that this is due in part to sustaining two serious concussion during my days of show jumping, and a  less serious one whilst out trail […]