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Rider Fitness | 8 Essential Stretches for all Riders with Physiotherapist, Elizabeth Rourke

Chartered Physiotherapist, Elizabeth Rourke, MSc, BSc (hons) guides you through 8 essential stretches for all horse riders. In only FIVE minutes a day you can make a real difference to your riding.  Elizabeth has a wealth of knowledge and experience as a Physiotherapist assisting her patients with rehabilitation and pain management.

As riders, so often we suffer from countless aches and pains. We are always the first to call the Equine Physio or therapist to check our horses and keep them performing in tip top condition, but so often we forget the importance of keeping...

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Coaching and taking imperfect action with Sarah Elebert | Podcast #7

 Podcast show notes episode #7 

In today's episode of the podcast we speak to Sarah Elebert of Elebert Equine, Irish Event Rider and coach. We talk coaching, Sarah’s new online venture Equicoach Online, and how everyone can benefit from coaching, whatever your goals and at whatever level you are riding at. 

It is so easy to keep waiting for that perfect time to start competing or the right time to move up a level, or indeed to be at a certain standard before getting a coach to help you progress, and we talk about the importance of taking ‘Imperfect Action -...

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The road to HOYS with Penny Clarke | Podcast #5

 Podcast show notes episode #5

We met up with side saddle and showing rider, instructor and judge, Penny Clarke to talk about her journey to Horse of the Year Show with her stunning show horse Blue.

Penny tells us about how she started riding.  Her family moved to a house backing onto a riding stable when she was just 18 months old, and from that age onward she was very focused on the ponies behind their house and having persuaded her parents to let her have riding lessons, she started riding at the age of five. 

At that particular time, you were unable to have riding...

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Endurance riding and overcoming challenges with Georgina Bull | Podcast #3

Podcast show notes episode #3

In today’s episode we meet Osteopath and Endurance rider Georgina Bull. Georgina has groomed as crew in the 2006 World Equestrian Games in Aachen, and as an Osteopath has worked with the Elite Endurance Team In 2012 and 2013 supporting and treating riders throughout their training and competition. 

Georgina talks to us about Endurance, but also her own struggles over the years mentally with confidence issues as well as physically with chronic fatigue and physical pain.

Georgina tells us how ‘Endurance is a wonderful test between you and...

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Something Different: Horseback Archery

In the first of our series, 'something different' we will be looking at more unusual and exciting riding disciplines. Meet Emily Massey, a 26 year old Riding Coach at Witherslack Hall Equestrian Centre in the Lake District who is also a horseback archer.

"I’ve loved horses for as long as I can remember, although I grew up in a family who are not too fond of them! My first experiences riding ponies were riding my friend’s ponies, I basically learnt to ride on the roads around our village. I didn’t have my first lesson until I could already walk,...

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What are Rider Biomechanics?

Over the past few years the topic of rider biomechanics has become more popular and lots of people are turning to it to help performance issues for them and their horse, but do you really know what it is, why it’s important and how it can help you and your horse?

If we break down the word into its ancient Greek origins, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, bios means “life” and “mechanics” refers to the study of the mechanical principles of living bodies, particularly their movement and structure.  During sport, the laws of mechanics are applied to...

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Meet Showing Success Penny Clarke

In the equestrian world, Penny is best known for her successes in the sphere of side-saddle and top level showing. However, over the years, she has competed in virtually all equestrian disciplines

'I started riding at a very young age having pleaded with my parents to let me go to the riding school that our garden backed onto and from the outset I was hooked!' Penny explains. 'In the early days, I used to go for a weekly lesson at the riding school, which quickly became the highlight of my week.'

As her riding progressed and it became clear to her parents that it was not a passing hobby....

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