Need to get fitter? Need some top tips to calm eventing nerves? Want to up your performance? Find out here in our fitness section, brought to you by Personal Trainer Katy Stokes and Sports Psychologist Jo Davies www.katystokespersonaltraining.com www.jdpsychology.co.uk

Dealing with competition setbacks

Zoe is completing her chartership in sport and exercise psychology; She runs Harlequins RFC academy sport psychology programme. She is a keen event rider herself, having competed up to FEI 2*. If you would like to know more, please look at her website www.tayloredmindset.co.uk Dealing with competition setbacks Sport can be a bumpy ride; eventing can demand a great level of resilience from us as athletes because there are so many variables which need to be kept in check in order to get that performance we are aiming for. In eventing, some of the ... Read More


British Eventing has welcomed BE Accredited Coach Tim Cheffings into the role of Under 18 Coach for the South West region, joining current under 18 coaches Sorrel Warwick and Emily Lee. Based in Devon, Tim achieve his BHSI status in May and also holds his UKCC Level 2, he regularly hosts BE training courses across the South West for all levels of riders. Alongside a busy coaching schedule Tim produces and competes horses from BE90 up to CCI4* and was the winner of the prestigious BE Mark Todd Bridging the Gap Scholarship in 2015. Under 18 ... Read More

Top tips from Ros Canter

Eventing enthusiasts had the privilege of learning top tips from World Champion event rider Ros Canter at a fun and educational lecture demonstration held at Reaseheath College. The sell-out event was part of the ‘From 4 Years to 4 Star’ tour which Ros undertook shortly after winning team and individual gold medals at the World Equestrian Games in North Carolina, USA. The demo was attended by hundreds of competitors, coaches and eventing fans. The evening was compered by Caroline Moore FBHS, British Eventing National Under18 and Junior Team Coach and co-owner of Ros’ world championship winning ride Allstar B. Ros was joined ... Read More

Chiropractic perspective to treating horse riders….

My name is Antonia Oakes and I am a fully qualified Human and Veterinary Chiropractor based in Cheshire. I am currently working with many top international athletes from different sports, however, after being brought up around horses and spent a childhood competing, I have grown a par­tic­u­lar inter­est in treat­ing both riders and horses. This article will focus on a chiropractic perspective to treating horse riders. Common injuries and muscle imbalances I’m often asked what the most common injuries are that riders present with, and the truth is it can vary week to week, but I am finding a lot of riders ... Read More

RIDER FITNESS with GEORGIA DIXON – How to loosen up your hips and beat those tight flexor muscles

How much attention do you pay to your hips? And no, I don’t mean when you are shaking them down at the local to Shakira. Your hips play a very important role when you are riding, particularly in dressage and the sitting trot. Your hip flexors are the group of muscles at the top of your thigh and they connect your upper leg to your hip. Hip flexors can become particularly tight and can really hinder your mobility, making it very difficult for you as a rider to keep an independent seat and therefore, making it difficult to ride the trot ... Read More

WILL RAWLIN – Small adjustments make a big difference

It’s great to see more and more equestrian people seeing themselves as athletes and this is particularly noticeable in the professional and semi professional riders. it is important that all riders look after themselves as well as they look after their horses!!! The difference in eventing of winning or being further down the order can be so minute that small adjustments and slight lifestyle changes can make all the difference. This season I have been using High5 products to ensure that I am hydrated, have energy to keep performing and recover well. These products have made a lot of difference to ... Read More

THE SPORTING MINDSET – How to cope with nerves

Nerves or competitive anxiety is something that you will probably have experienced at some time during your riding career. It is defined as; negatively interpreted arousal - an emotional state characterised by worry, feelings of apprehension and bodily tension that tend to occur in the absence of real or obvious danger. The symptoms are individual to each rider but can generally be characterised as (1) cognitive symptoms - relating to thought processes such as fear of failure, loss of confidence, negative self-talk and poor concentration; (2) somatic symptoms - including muscular tension, sweating, ... Read More

Mechanical Millie

Lindy Wale Certified Practioner..... Mechanical Millie as she is known is the only fully portable machine of her kind travelling the UK but why is she special?  Millie is special as she helps me to help you.  I thrive on helping individuals smash through all the obstacles and coming out the other side physically and mentally. The harder the battle the more I love to fight with you to prove against all odds it’s possible. This Is why I brought Millie.   I was already teaching people to ride  and working with quirky horses however as winter hit and I was still a ... Read More

THE PELVIC TILT – Rider Fitness with Georgia Dixon

Many riders suffer with back pain, with the lower back usually being the main area of injury. This article is going to focus on a basic little exercise which can help build and engage the core whilst also helping to support the lower back. As a rider, stopping back pain and improving your core strength are two incredibly important aspects of training and could really help boost your performance. The Pelvic Tilt is an easy action which engages the abdominals and leads to the increased lower back flexibility and stability. The idea behind the pelvic tilt is that it makes the ... Read More

ME Pilates Rider Biomechanics

ME Pilates Ltd is an Equestrian Pilates and Rider Biomechanics business, with a passion for supporting riders in their strive for correct riding posture, straightness, symmetry, balance and core strength, amongst others. Mandy Milborrow, owner of ME Pilates, trained at Equipilates, HQ, in Ripley, Derbyshire, founded by dressage rider, trainer, Pilates teacher, Specialist Biomechanics Coach and author, Lindsay Wilcox-Reid. Mandy has 39 years riding experience and is passionate about bringing Pilates to the benefit of riders and making that difference with proven results and tracked development.  ME Pilates Rider Biomechanics What is your motivation? We focus ... Read More