RIDER PERFORMANCE

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

EWW WELCOMES CARYS JACKSON – ACTIVE RIDER…..

Eventing Worldwide is delighted to introduce to you, Carys Jackson - Active Rider. Carys will be talking us through why rider fitness is so important. For now we leave Carys to introduce herself and look forward to bringing you her first article very soon .....   Yes, the photo above is me on my first pony at Pony Club, and yes, apparently I can still look equally stuffy when I ride.  You see I wasn’t born ... Read More

GREAT NEW ARTICLE FROM PERSONAL TRAINER KATY STOKES – GYM BALL CIRCUIT

 GYM BALL CIRCUIT! Here is another quick workout you can do in 15 minutes! All you need is a gym ball, I’m sure you’ve got one stuffed away in the spare room? Or they are really cheap to pick up from supermarkets or TK Maxx / online. 65cm tends to suit most unless you are teeny tiny and then get the 55cm. Warm up by doing a few laps of the yard, garden or up and down the stairs. *Exercise one – Hip bridges do 15 reps. Make sure you really squeeze your glute (bum) muscles ... Read More

EATING FOR WELLNESS THIS SEASON

At this time of year every single type of lurgy seems to be going around. Coughs, colds, stomach bugs, viruses, you name it… someone has got it! As the event season draws to a close you may be feeling a little run down and frazzled, thanks to several months of early starts, late finishes and perhaps not nourishing your body as well as you could have! However I have a few foodie essentials that you can easily incorporate in your diet to keep your immune system fighting fit and battling the ... Read More

Embracing your processes for success

What goals do you set for competitions? What do you focus on when you compete? I was really interested to see event rider Sam Griffiths’ distinction between the two in his recent tip for dealing with nerves, published in Horse & Hound: “I try not to think about the situation I am in, but more about the process of what I need to do. For example, in the showjumping I concentrate on the canter I need and my position, rather than thinking “I have to jump clear”. I try and stay in the moment rather than getting ahead of myself or ... Read More

USING IMAGERY TO PRIME PERFORMANCE: MENTAL BLUEPRINTS

  Just imagine… Imagine that you are about to set out cross-country at your next event… As you make your way towards the start box, you can smell the grass – damp from morning dew - becoming dry under the sun. The ground has a perfect cut for galloping. You hear the starter call you over, and feel a shot of adrenalin run through you; a flicker of excitement. As you circle the start box, your horse shakes his head, snorts loudly, and humps his back. You scratch his neck to settle him, and quietly talk to him: “I think you’re ready to ... Read More

USING IMAGERY TO PRIME PERFORMANCE: MENTAL BLUEPRINTS

  Just imagine… Imagine that you are about to set out cross-country at your next event… As you make your way towards the start box, you can smell the grass – damp from morning dew - becoming dry under the sun. The ground has a perfect cut for galloping. You hear the starter call you over, and feel a shot of adrenalin run through you; a flicker of excitement. As you circle the start box, your horse shakes his head, snorts loudly, and humps his back. You scratch his neck to settle him, and quietly talk to him: “I think you’re ready to ... Read More

START YOUR DAY OFF RIGHT

I know what it is like for busy riders. If breakfast is consumed it is something quick and simple that is often lacking in nourishing ingredients. Cereal, toast, biscuits or even simply a cup of tea or coffee tend to be the ‘go to’ staples, but this can lead to a spiral of unhealthy decisions throughout the day. Likewise, skipping breakfast brings about it’s own set of issues. How often do you crave sugar and sweet things throughout the day? Do you notice your blood sugar levels dropping quickly and feeling that desperate ... Read More

FAST FITNESS ……

I train people from all aspects of life and am always hearing “I really struggle to fit in exercise”. This is a fact of life for everyone these days; we try and do 101 things and far too often that trip to the gym gets ditched. So, I write short, sharp and effective workouts that can be done in as little as 15mins! And they work! #winner The workout below is designed to improve your fitness with no need for equipment, just enough distance to be able to do a shuttle run! ... Read More

THROUGH THE MIND’S EYE: USING IMAGERY

If an upcoming event has ever kept you awake at night, then rest assured (no pun intended!) you are in good company. In her autobiography, international event rider Pippa Funnell describes her previous cross-country ‘mind demons’. Fences that worried her would grow out of proportion and cause sleepless nights. The ditches grew deeper, wider, and seemingly ‘unjumpable’. Pippa goes on to talk about how using imagery now helps her to mentally prepare for the cross-country phase at events: “After I’ve got changed, I sit down and ride the course in my mind in a positive way, visualising jumping every fence ... Read More

Slip, slop, slap… The Eventer’s Guide to Staying Safe in the Sun

With the eventing season into its second half, the sun has made some great appearances so far! If you’re anything like me you ensure your horse has 5* treatment at all times but you often forget about yourself.  Social media has been awash with bad sunburn photos and some great looking ‘farmers tans’ have been spotted at this seasons parties. Whilst it’s great to be enjoying eventing in the summer months, don’t forget it’s easy to overheat and burn. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the UK, and rates continue to rise. 86% of malignant melanoma ... Read More