Preliminary Levels at Aspen Farms Horse Trials June 2014

This year the June Aspen Farms Horse Trials hosted three popular Preliminary divisions in Yelm, WA. After the first day of dressage, horses and riders tackled jump courses at heights up to 3’6″. The winners of the Preliminary divisions included: Patience O’Neal and Markus – Jr./YR Prelim Nikki Ayers and Rubicon […]
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10 Affirmations to Tell Yourself in the Cross-Country Startbox

If you’re a 3-day eventer then you’ll agree —> Before cross-country you need to psyche yourself up, not psyche yourself out! To improve your mental game, many sport psychologists suggest using positive affirmations and self-talk. An affirmation is simply a true statement that you can repeat to yourself to focus your mind, […]
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Horse Inspiration: Helen Bell and Troubleshooter’s Leap of Faith

Helen Bell riding cross-country at Badminton 1992

This is my first in a new series of articles focused on horse/human inspiration. I chose this picture because Helen has played a large role in my own equestrian education and learning. These weekly posts will showcase inspiring horse moments with the hopes of encouraging us to be better partners […]
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In Pictures: Aspen Farms Horse Trials Natural Migrations Intermediate

Photos from the Aspen Farms Horse Trials $3,000 Intermediate division, sponsored by Natural Migrations, September 6-8, 2013. Maya Black and Doesn’t Play Fair led the division from start to finish on their dressage score of 25.2. Prizes to first included $1,500 cash from Natural Migrations, Dubarry boots, a NWEP cooler, and […]
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