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Strides for Success Product Review

Product Review: Strides for Success

Note: I was offered a free trial of the Strides for Success product in exchange for a review on this blog. 

As a working adult amateur rider, my life is a constant balancing act. I divide my time between my family, my horse and my job and  juggle household expenses with my equestrian pursuits. Many of my readers are in the same boat and we’re all looking for ways to do more with less. I’m lucky enough to be able to afford weekly lessons with a qualified trainer in my discipline, but there are times when I wish I could do more to improve; I’d love to take lessons twice a week, but it’s just not an option for me right now. Enter Strides for Success: a company that creates audio riding lessons you can download and listen to while you ride.

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Unrated Hunter Jumper Divisions

A Guide to Unrated Hunter Jumper Divisions

One of the things that makes hunter/jumper shows so complicated are unrated divisions. Many shows choose to add divisions that aren’t technically recognized by the United States Hunter Jumper Association or the United State Equestrian Federation to increase entries and provide more opportunities for weeny adult amateurs like myself to actually get in the show ring. Usually these unrated hunter jumper divisions are lower in height and have various experience qualifications for horse and rider. Sometimes the names of these divisions vary by region, or the name may be the same across the nation, but the rules for eligibility differ. In a nutshell, unrated hunter jumper divisions are super confusing and there’s really no rhyme or reason to them. In all honesty, your best bet to enter correctly is to read the prize list, the rule book and/or contact the show organizer. But in case your running short on time, here are a few popular unrated hunter jumper divisions, what they are and who is typically eligible to compete in them:

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Second Annual Equestrian Blogger Gift Exchange

2nd Annual Equestrian Blogger Gift Exchange

Last year I said thank you to the equestrian blogging community by hosting an Equestrian Blogger Gift Exchange in the month of December and much to my delight it was a huge hit. I’ve already had a few of you ask if I planned on repeating the performance — so here it is: Fly On Over’s Annual Equestrian Blogger Gift Exchange!

The community we have as equestrian bloggers is truly tremendous. For the most part, we all get along and support each other, which is something I’ve found difficult to replicate in the real world. I truly appreciate everyone’s words of encouragement, congratulations and sympathy throughout this year as Miles as I shared our ups and downs with the world. You’ve all been such a great support system for us that I could never really express my gratitude sufficiently. I’ve enjoyed immensely getting to know all of you and some of us have become really, really close these last few months. I’ve learned so much about horses through this equestrian blogging community that I never would have without it; and I’ve found a great place to express my creativity. So this is my small and humble way of thanking you for all that you’ve done for Miles and I in 2014. Ya’ll are the best <3

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Instagram

Best Equestrian Instagram Accounts

By day I’m a marketing and communications coordinator, so essentially I spend part of every day looking at social media. I analyze trends in my industry [which is not equine], I write content for my employer and schedule our posts. But if you thought I’d get enough posts, tweets and likes to fulfill my need for instant gratification in the office, you thought wrong. I love social media; and any chance I get to mix my passions, I’m pretty much over the moon. My personal social media feeds are ripe with all things equestrian — quotes, videos, pictures and rants are all there at my fingertips. But out of everything I have the chance to mindless look through, I love pictures the most. So it really shouldn’t surprise you that Instagram is my social media darling of the moment.

Care to waste a few minutes of your life by ogling pretty ponies? I’ve got you covered. Here are a few of the best equestrian Instagram accounts on the ‘net — from western to hunter/jumpers.

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