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The Equestrians Guide to Motivation

The Equestrians Guide to Motivation

What is motivation? When we enter the world of horses we are seized as Ralph Waldo Emmerson says ‘by a grand passion’. It is the thing that gets us up at all hours of the morning, that sees us mucking out stables, weeding paddocks all […]

Bailey Nolte Part 1 – Finding love in horses

Bailey Nolte Part 1 – Finding love in horses

I had the absolute pleasure of interviewing Bailey Notle law student, fiancé and all round incredible equestrian. Learn about how she entered the horse world and then found her way to dressage.

Equestrian Blogging Community

Equestrian Blogging Community

Earlier this year Sophie Tunnah (from Team Tunnah Eventing) set up a Facebook group ‘Equestrian Bloggers‘ with the goal of creating a  community of like minded bloggers. The group currently has bloggers from across the world (England, America, Australia, Norway, Ireland and Finland), participating in a variety of disciplines all bringing their unique views and skills to the group.

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As someone who is still relatively new to blogging, I have found being a member of this group incredibly helpful. Members share their tips for creating great content, SEO and growing your social media presence.

Whilst the primary purpose of the group is to share blogging knowledge, we also use a number of strategies share content within the group and to generate more traffic to individual bloggers sites. Sophie talks about some of these in her blog post on the group.

There have also been opportunities to be involved in larger group style blogs which has been really fun. Check out this one which I contributed to about why we blog.

As a group we also make use of our own twitter account, the hashtag #EquestrianBloggers and an instapod to help get our material seen.

Whilst this is a closed group, we would love more members – because like so many things in life, the more the merrier. To join just send a request through to the group and you will be prompted to enter your blog’s URL and your request will soon be approved!

We’d love to see you over in the group!

 

Emily and Goose – Journey to the National Dressage Pony Cup

Emily and Goose – Journey to the National Dressage Pony Cup

I recently wrote about the connections I have made with riders from across the world via Instagram, one such rider is Emily Grimstead. The first thing you will undoubtedly notice when you scroll through Emily’s feed is her spunky, spotty pony – Goosebumps or Goose […]

Great Equestrian Reads

Great Equestrian Reads

Ok, confession time, I am a total bookworm. Or at least I am now that I have wrestled my way out from under the mountain of text books and journal articles that were common place during the days of my undergraduate degree. Since I was […]

I’ll be a good rider when…

I’ll be a good rider when…

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‘I’ll be a good rider when…’ This is a game I used to play a few years ago and it’s about as useful as its companion game ‘If only…’ At that time the script in my head was ‘I’ll be a good rider when I am competing at elementary level’. For quite some time, on three horses, travers had been my Achilles heel and in my mind at least, being able to compete at this level represented overcoming this seemingly insurmountable challenge. But, when Nonie and I actually got to that level, something switched for me. It was as if someone had flicked a light on and I understood that it no longer meant as much to me as it had before. Not only did I realise that riding or competing at a particular level would never make me feel as though I had achieved the coveted status of being a ‘good rider’, I also learned something far more important about myself and my beloved sport.

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I realised that what was more important to me as the love that I have developed for learning the intricacies of the sport of dressage and growing the bond with my treasured mare.  Having embraced the feeling of discomfort that comes with learning a new skill, opened the door to something more. It enabled me to appreciate the brilliance that arises when a new movement clicks, or the feeling you get when you find that new gear within a pace. Best of all I now know that things only feel better as Nonie and I both gain strength and learn to relax within the work. Its been exciting to learn that as we continue to challenge ourselves, with a little patience and persistence these improvements we will continue unlocking bigger and better feelings. As I have let go of the stress of needing to be at a certain level in order to be ‘good enough’ it has created room for Nonie and I to develop a stronger relationship, the value of which cannot be underestimated.

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Daring to Suck

Daring to Suck

Daring to suck… It’s a seemingly bizarre concept that resonated deeply with me. I was listening to one of my favourite podcast’s (check it out here http://summerinnanen.com/frr-37) when I stumbled across this idea.   So what does ‘daring to suck’ actually mean? In a nutshell, […]