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Are you hydrated enough to ride XC? Many riders have nothing to eat or drink all day at an event until they?ve finished riding. If you really really can?t stomach food, okay, but at the very least you must have enough to drink. Oliver Townend?s PA very kindly replied to my question about his eating and drinking habits at events: ?Oliver eats a healthy (as can be) breakfast on the morning of the event, nothing too heavy though, and will then drink Lucozade sports drinks (not the fizzy one) throughout the day which helps with both energy levels and rehydration as this ... Read More

Improving the odds

Exercises you can do at home to improve your chances of falling off without injury We all spend literally hours practising dressage every week, but don?t think to spend the odd ten minutes practising things that could be really useful in extremis! You can do the following on any sand or surfaced school, which is where Neil MacKinnon has demonstrated techniques to other riders. Kerry Weisselberg practices hers in a well-bedded-down stable, both with and without wearing her body protector. Shoulder roll Start crouching in a squat, and gently rock forwards tucking your head in ... Read More

BYEH series

The Burghley Dubarry Young Event Horse Series Run as a sideline to the British Eventing calendar, the Burghley Dubarry Young Event Horse Series has stood the test of time to become an established, and increasingly popular, competition. For nearly twenty years, judges at both the qualifiers and at the final have looked for the best possible potential world class three day event horses. But how exactly do you even start to specify just what makes the best event horses, when those at the top of their game are so ... Read More

Futurity evaluations

BEF Futurity Evaluations: Eventing The 2009 Baileys Horse Feeds sponsored British Equestrian Federation (BEF) Futurity Evaluations witnessed a high quality entry at venues throughout the country; 15 of the 315 entries in the eventing section earnt an elusive and coveted Elite Premium, a good indication that there are some exciting prospects for the future. This series of evaluations helps to identify British bred, young potential sport horses that are destined for careers in dressage, eventing, show jumping and endurance. Entries are categorised by discipline with age groups for foals, ... Read More

Vicky Laing

Piccolo playing, pink hair and posh nosh Vicky Laing has been riding full time for the past eight years. Most of her horses belong to the family who run a breeding business which, Vicky is keen to point out, is ?not just a hobby?. With this in mind she is close to launching a website to showcase her young stock and horses for sale. With a punishing work and competition schedule as well as the burgeoning breeding programme to oversee, Vicky somehow finds time occasionally to help out and teach at Pony Club and Jump Cross which she really enjoys. Competing is, ... Read More

Jo Gummer

Changing paces In these straightened times while some eventers are turning their attention to affiliated dressage, Jo Gummer has sampled a move the other way. On the opening weekend of this season, Jo and Southdown Popcorn succesfully tackled Isleham's BE90 track, placing seventh in their section. However, although her eventing aim for the year is qualification for the Grassroots Festival, her heart still lies in the dressage arena, and her success in this phase and experience as a trainer give her a great insight. Hattrick aka Hattie "I ... Read More

Sienna Myson-Davies

The Midas Touch With the 2009 European Championships fast approaching, last year's double Junior gold medal winner Sienna Myson-Davies has just one thing on her mind - defending her titles. With some consistent performances from her Voltaire sired nine year old gelding Tambourine this season she must be one of the favourites for the podium. Sienna?s involvement with horses started at an early age. Her mother Carol would lead her around Richmond Park on a friend?s pony, Tommy. ?She was happy just walking when we were on our own,? ... Read More