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Sarah Fox Blog - Top Dressage Test Riding Tips

by Sarah Fox, Posted on 3rd of June, 2014

For this blog I thought I'd give you some of my top tips on the presentation of your dressage test, and on the actual test riding itself:


Presentation Tips


  1. First impressions always count – despite the fact it's your test that's being judged, don't forget it's human nature to pass judgement (often subconsciously) on appearance. The good old saying of 'Don't judge a book by its cover' is actually a very hard thing to do, and most people will. Therefore, put a bit of 'spit n' polish' into your appearance. You don't have to have the 'fancy' equipment: simply have the correct equipment and make sure it's clean and tidy. 

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Eventing Round Up for 2014

by Central Saddlery, Posted on 2nd of May, 2014

If you are interested in eventing, either as a competitor or enthusiastic spectator, we’ve got you covered with a round-up of this season’s upcoming events across the UK, plus some insights as to how the ground conditions are shaping up for 2014.

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Equestrian news round-up for April

by Central Saddlery, Posted on 28th of April, 2014

Wondering what’s been happening in the equestrian world of late? Here is our round-up of the latest news and views from the riding community.

Kingswood Equestrian Centre closed due to strangles outbreak

Kingswood Equestrian Centre near Wolverhampton has temporarily closed due to a strangles outbreak at their facility. Kingswood, which hosts both affiliated and unaffiliated showjumping and dressage events, currently has six of their thirty horses isolated and classed as at risk of passing on the condition to others. However, the centre is confident that their quick actions in isolating the affected horses and closing the facility to visitors means that the outbreak will not spread any further.

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Sarah Fox Blog Lunging An Under-rated Exercise Tool

by Sarah Fox, Posted on 16th of April, 2014

​Many people I come across exclaim “I don’t lunge, I don’t like it!”, “it’s boring for the horse”, “it puts stress on limbs and joints”. These are some reasons people give for not making use of lunging.

However, I believe it is a much under-rated and under-used exercise tool. Considering the above comments, we still continue, where facilities provide, to put our horses on horse walkers – is this not continuous circling therefore stressing joints? And when working them in the arena at home how many people end up repeating exercises over and over again therefore stressing joints and boring the mind!

Everything in moderation – we’re told it’s best for us to not take on fad diets, but to vary our diets and keep things in moderation. When exercising we know that cross training has the biggest improvement on our health and overall fitness, and again we moderate the type of exercise so we don't cause injury. Lunging, when used correctly and in moderation, has a lot of benefits that people are missing out on – it’s an exercise tool to add to your cross training tool box.

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Are you fit to ride?

by Central Saddlery, Posted on 15th of April, 2014

Most of us are hyper-aware of the fitness or lack thereof of our horses, the condition they are in and how capable they are of performing the ridden tasks that we ask of them. However, much less is spoken about rider fitness, and we are often much more reticent to look at our own activity levels and how our endurance, strength and general condition enable or restrict how well we can perform as a rider! While riding is of course excellent exercise, it may not be enough to simply assume that riding is sufficient to keep your fitness levels at the standard that allows you to be an effective rider, particularly if you spend a lot of time hacking and pleasure riding rather than actively working at improving your ridden skills with your horse.

If your riding lessons or long sessions of energetic riding leave you out of puff or feeling as if you have been put through the wringer, it may be time to shape up!

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