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5 Tips For Nervous Riders

or How I Get My Head Out of My Rear Long Enough to Make a Good Show

Believe it or not, I used to be crippled by fear. Riding a thousand pound animal and convincing it to do what you want with a few fingers, your voice and some leg pressure can be as intimidating as it sounds. Heaven knows I have blown classes because my body was strung tighter than an electric guitar, lining up like "WHAT JUST HAPPENED TO ME" and then feeling the sadness when I realize that no one was to blame but me and my lack of faith in my ability.

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Show Ring Update

The second horse show of the year is under our belts! We chose the Pro-Am Benefit Horse Show in Perry, Georgia, because it’s close to home and full of wonderful people. These guys do an incredible job of putting on a horse show. From Christy Parker’s Great Trainer Challenge on Friday night (I will never unsee Rich Campbell stuffing ten marshmellows in his mouth) to the fact that the trophies were personalized Tervis cups (YES), it’s one of my favorite shows.

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Western is SO (not) Boring

Ahhh, Western Pleasure Saddlebred classes. This entry goes out to the saddle seat riders who scoff at the western classes, using their time to shine to get cheeseburgers and cocktails and use the restroom. I used to be one of you, you know. Checking the schedule to see when these classes came into the ring so I could strategically plan my French fry addiction and check out the jewelry vendors. Yawning at the unbelievably slow pace and complaining about going blind from all the sequins.

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Show Season is Under Way!

The first show of the season is under our belts! Perfect, as always, the Tampa Charity Horse Show was a blend of exquisite weather, good times and unbelievably competitive classes. And I just had a ball. It’s so nice for me to have my friends meet my trainers, and I love that they get to see just what it is that has taken up so much of my time for the past 15+ years.

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"What It Takes"

 Hello all! I have had a few more rides now on It's Aerosmith since I last posted and we are starting to get more serious for show season. My first show is River Ridge in April. We are still working on the canter and perfecting it. It has gotten much better.

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Gearing Up For Show Season

My first practice rides and drives are under my belt! WHEW! Since it’s still pretty early in the season, not all of the horses and ponies are quite ready for me. But I did get to enjoy a few of my four-legged best friends, and it was wonderful.

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Horses Change Even the Best Laid Plans

Spring is upon us…at least that’s the hope! All the horses are beginning to shed, which is a signal to me that warmer weather is slowly approaching. Even Slider is starting to shed out, and has a lovely, shiny coat. I can’t tell yet because of all the hair, but he might even be developing happy little dapples on his rump.

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Hello, S&B!

Hello, Saddlers and Bridlers! My name is Ali DeGray, and this is my first entry, so bear with me. I show Saddlebreds in saddle seat, western, and hunt seat, as well as Standardbreds and Hackney Ponies (and the occasional Fell Pony).

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It's Time to Return to Work

Hey, my name is Skylar Rueff and I am from Louisville, Kentucky. I feel very privilaged to be writing for Saddle & Bridle about my journey with It's Aerosmith during my 2016 show season. I'm excited to get this opportunity since it's my last year in the junior exhibitor division. Presently, I'm excited to finished with all my college applications and can happily say that I have been accepted to Rollins College in Florida. I have never written a blog post before so I'm going to give it my best shot!

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