Inside a Winning Mindset with International Competitor Michelle Rodal

When it comes to crafting a winning mindset, Michelle Rodal is the champ. Michelle’s an accomplished Grand Prix rider (and that’s putting it lightly) who has participated in four FEI World Cup Finals. She’s represented the United States in numerous Nations Cup competitions before recently beginning to ride in International competition under the Mexican flag. She also earned an MBA and currently runs boutique sales operation Morgan Hill Partners, Inc. Michelle is obviously wildly successful, but when you meet her, you can instantly tell that it’s pure passion for the sport and the horses that drives Michelle in every aspect […]

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Judge’s First Impressions In The Show Ring

The performance starts when you enter the ring! First impressions are extremely important. We have about two and a half minutes to decide where you fit in our “forced rankings” compared to your competitors .  When you come into the ring show us the best  of you and your horse. If you’re using an opening circle make it big enough to help you establish the pace  you want to carry for your whole trip. Pace is a huge factor in judging both the hunters and Equitation. A large part of your score is based on how smooth and even your […]

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What To Eat On Early Show Mornings: Simple Summer Smoothie

Show weekends can be crazy….and too often we end up heading to the back gate with nothing but coffee and maybe a bite of a croissant. Think about it: every athlete out there eats to fuel their sport – riders are no different and equestrian athletes (yes, even if you’re cantering around the green rider course, you are working hard physically and mentally) need to properly fuel their bodies for optimal performance. We’ve teamed up with the Equestrian Health Coach herself, Kimball Willson, for the best health and wellness tips specifically tailored to the needs of riders. A QUICK & EASY […]

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Amateur Spotlight: Pam Theodosakis

Name:Pam Theodosakis Age: 55 Rancho Santa Fe, CA How many years have you been riding? 8 What divisions do you show in? Low A/O 36 & Over and Adults 50 & Over Horse’s show names: Taboo, Buddha, & Happy Hour Why did you start riding? My daughters inspired me to learn to ride but sadly they stopped with High School and College. Highlight of your amateur career so far? Winning top ribbons at the Hampton Classic 2016 Favorite horse show?Hampton Classic and Menlo, and showing on the grass at The Oaks Favorite hotel at away shows?Rosewood at Menlo and St Regis at the Oaks Favorite hunt […]

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Must Haves for the Equestrian: August Picks

  There’s no two ways around it: August is HOT. It’s also peak show season, so while you’re gearing up for year end championships, we’ve rounded up a few must haves to make your summer shows a little bit easier. From show breeches that give you that pilates body but without the pilates, to a sports bra that keeps your shoulders back, to a sno-cone cocktail machine….we’ve got you covered. And since we know it’s not just the ladies sweating it out in the show ring, we’ve included a few gems for the men amongst us as well.   1. RJ […]

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Yoga for Equestrians

Ignore those people who say ‘riding isn’t a sport’; we all know that riding is a serious workout. Whether you’re riding in the low AA hunters or the 1.20 jumpers, having strength and flexibility seriously ups your game in the saddle. Core strength, hip flexibility, back and should strength, and strong lower legs all contribute to riding correctly, winning ribbons in the eq, and staying on if your horse decides to embarrass you by bucking like a rodeo horse after the single oxer. Yoga is one of the absolute best ways for riders to get fit out of the saddle in a […]

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