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    To chime in with my two pennies worth once again,...

    To chime in with my two pennies worth once again, on this side of the pond what has changed rider attitudes to injury and falls is not a change in the rules but an increasing awareness of rider...
  2. D/SJ/XC is standard for a one day event here in...

    D/SJ/XC is standard for a one day event here in the UK. It allows the SJ to run to time should the XC be held. As up to 350 horses in a day, running over multiple sections, is common, time management...
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    By way of comparison ...

    By way of comparison

    http://www.britishhorseracing.com/resource-centre/reports-and-statistics/

    http://www.goracing.ie/HRI/Racing-Statistics/Racing-Statistics/
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    Blyth Tait discussing 3 key fences ...

    Blyth Tait discussing 3 key fences

    http://www.horseandhound.co.uk/features/burghley-horse-trial-cross-country-course-walk-blyth-tait-507506
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    I presume you mean the Brightwell's Elite? ...

    I presume you mean the Brightwell's Elite?

    http://brightwells.com/Libraries/Dressage_and_Show_Jumping_News/op2578_Addington_Sales_Report.pdf
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    From this side of the pond: how quaint, how old...

    From this side of the pond: how quaint, how old fashioned, how unsafe, given the concern so often expressed about improving the safety of Eventing.

    In the UK, in a national BE competition (as...
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    Sand is sand, isn't it? Well, no and your horse...

    Sand is sand, isn't it? Well, no and your horse will certainly tell you the difference. You will save money in the long run by getting some professional advice early on in the process. There are a...
  8. O.K. this is interesting. I have been on horses...

    O.K. this is interesting. I have been on horses for 50 years, worn a stock without any adverse comments, observed others out hunting and never knew such subtly existed. Though on thinking about it,...
  9. How to tie neat stock - an instruction video

    This explains how to tie a stock tie - without staring at mirror, squinting at the instructions and pulling faces whilst performing origami and self-strangulation ....
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    Don't micromanage the horse going XC. Balance and...

    Don't micromanage the horse going XC. Balance and rhythm is key. If you watch Jung, WFP, Klimke or King they are smooth as silk and never break rhythm. Ride good lines, those that allow the horse to...
  11. My personal definition of an intermediate vs...

    My personal definition of an intermediate vs experienced rider is that the first will concentrate on what they are doing and so try very hard to do the 'right' thing and the second concentrates on...
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    With the exception of bloodstock sales, the...

    With the exception of bloodstock sales, the British have traditionally been rather sniffy about buying at auctions. Also, people with money are more likely to buy a race horse than a WB for dressage...
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    Sounds really obvious but walk the xc course. It...

    Sounds really obvious but walk the xc course. It is surprising how often I have to sit silent while a competitor asks me, as FJ, where they are supposed to go next! Walking a course is perhaps an...
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    The results of previous Brightwell's sales are...

    The results of previous Brightwell's sales are available here http://www.brightwells.com/Equine/HorsesAndPonies/DressageAndShowJumping/DressageAndShowJumping/PastResults/SalesReviews.aspx

    Rather...
  15. In defense of Aberfeldy (the location of the...

    In defense of Aberfeldy (the location of the hotel where this most unfortunate soul was staying) it has fewer than 2,000 inhabitants, it is set in extremely wild and remote country and is on the same...
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    Do it all the time in Ireland...

    Do it all the time in Ireland...
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    No one makes money eventing, even in the UK which...

    No one makes money eventing, even in the UK which is the epicentre of the sport. I think it was Paul Tapner who tweeted a couple of years ago that he was driving a vehicle worth hundreds of thousands...
  18. As you are new to riding and have yet to hunt,...

    As you are new to riding and have yet to hunt, how about giving the hunting a try before you make any decision about a saddle? Ask your local hunt sec or master to see if there is a local someone...
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    I was FJ yesterday at a BE100 and a substantial...

    I was FJ yesterday at a BE100 and a substantial proportion of the runners were ponies ridden by children. It is the schools' vacation and kids are doing events along with many other activities on...
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    The bike is an interesting idea: several...

    The bike is an interesting idea: several competitors ride around the course to look at it. My one thought is where to park it and be secure since I don't think there is a bike park yet....
  21. Personally, I have never, never understood why...

    Personally, I have never, never understood why people believe they have to suffer when wearing riding boots. Would one buy a pair of shoes one can't walk in? (On second thoughts, yes, a whole fashion...
  22. As a basic rule, all straps pointing back based...

    As a basic rule, all straps pointing back based on the idea, theoretically, that they are less likely to come undone when out hunting (we are talking English here) and becoming tangled in a hedge or...
  23. Absolutely so! I know it is time to visit my...

    Absolutely so! I know it is time to visit my chiropractor when my horse starts to carry its head slightly to the right. Absolutely infallible, even before I start to have any pain.
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    Peterborough is on the mainline between London...

    Peterborough is on the mainline between London and Edinburgh and many major cities in between so there are many, many trains each day. Trains between P'boro and Stamford leave every hour and take 12...
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    Glock's Toto Jnr (Totilas x Desperados) is only 4...

    Glock's Toto Jnr (Totilas x Desperados) is only 4 but Edward Gal apparently rates him highly. To quote from this weeks Horse & Hound "Toto is so much the same as his father... He moves the same, he...
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