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Chloe Duffy Qualified to Compete with Ontario Young Riders

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The North American Junior and Young Riders’ Championships (NAJYRC), is the premier equestrian competition in North America for young riders, age 14-21. Young equestrians from Canada, the United States, Bermuda, Mexico, and the Caribbean Islands compete in the three Olympic equestrian disciplines of Show Jumping, Dressage, and Eventing, as well as Reining, Endurance and Para-Dressage. The competition is run under rules of the FEI (Fédération Equestre Internationale), the international governing body for equestrian sport.

The NAJYRC began in 1974 as an eventing challenge between the United States and Canada. A Dressage Championship was added in 1981, and Show Jumping was added in 1982. The first complete NAJYRC was held in British Columbia, Canada in 1982.

Chasing a dream involves dedication, determination and sacrifice. Our Young Riders dreams are to one day compete for the Canadian 3 day event team at a future Olympics. To achieve this, they must spend endless hours in the saddle, in the barn, traveling to competitions, perfecting the skills to get them to the top. As they make their way through the levels, they become part of the Ontario Horse Trials Association Young Rider’s Program, with their goals to compete at the North American Junior and Young Riders Championships. The NAJYRC, held every summer, is an important step on the path that will take them to their dreams of international competition.

Chloe Duffy , 16 year old local Sombra Equestrian Athlete and her 10 year old Off Track Thoroughbred Oro Veradero have qualified to compete on the Ontario Young Riders Eventing Team.   Such qualifications came to pass after competing this winter in Florida on the Eventing Circuit with an upgrade at The Florida 3 Day International CCI* Event this past Easter weekend.  Chloe Duffy and Oro Veradero’s Eventing Coach is  Jessica Phoenix;  Four – Time Pan American Games Medallist from Cannington Ontario.

Chloe feels this is such an honour to be able to represent her province and community this summer at the North American Junior & Young Riders Championships at Rebecca Farm in Kalispell, Montana July 19th-23rd, 2017.

As per noted by the Board of Directors of the  Ontario Young Rider Committee each athlete is required to raise their own funds to attend such an incredible opportunity.   Chloe’s fundraising goal is $10,000.00 in Canadian funds which will go directly to the total cost of travel flights and entry fees for both Chloe & Oro Veradero.   The plan is to fly both Horse and Rider from Kentucky to Montana.

Chloe and her family are working closely with their  Community of Sombra  to organize a fundraising event in June.

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April 29, 2017 |

Announcements for April 2017

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Join me LIVE every Thursday morning at 10 AM for a reminder of what’s happening this week in the horse show world. Here is what you missed this week. Please send me your announcements by text to 519-852-2808. This can be events or any other news you would like to share with local equestrians.

I missed 2 events which are happening: April 8th, 2017 is a dressage schooling show at Kilbyrne Farm which I hope to be at to capture some video for you and then on April 22nd, 2017 is a Dressage Test Ride judging clinic which you can get full details about at http://londondressage.com Check out the video and radio below.

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March 31, 2017 |

News for the week of Feb 22, 2017

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Horse show and clinic announcements for the week of February 22, 2017. Join me LIVE on Facebook every Thursday at 10 AM EST The Link is:

https://www.facebook.com/londonhorsesports and https://www.facebook.com/events/1873705449510996/

If you are busy like me and want to listen to the replay while you ride or do your chores, you can subscribe to one of the media players in the sidebar. iTunes for iPhone and Stitcher Radio for Android phones.

This weeks episode is sponsored by Professional Edge Equine. Providers of equine massage therapy and health products such as Sea Buck, Nibblenet and more. Visit them at www.ProfessionalEdgeEquine.com for ordering details. Click more to watch the video.  (more…)

February 24, 2017 |

Horse Shows: Not Just For Riding

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Horse shows are not just for showing off the skills of your and your horse. There are also many things that can be learned (and you don’t even have to be riding!) In fact, just looking around and watching at the horse show can help make you a better competitor in many ways.horse show

Horse Show Tip #1: Judge the Judges

When watching from the sidelines, you can see how the different judges judge. As much as judges try to be as impartial as possible, they are still human and can be biased.  You can watch and see if a judge consistently places solid colour horses above the others, what sort of movement they prefer, if they prefer riders to take a bit of a risk in executing manoeuvres, or if they tend to only watch a certain side of the arena. You can get an idea of what preferences they have and whether to change your strategy or skip certain shows if you know your horse isn’t going to
place well under a certain judge no matter how well you ride.

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February 21, 2017 |

Things To Do With Your Barn Buddies

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We spend so much time at the barn, it’s like our home away from home and the people there are like our second family. So of course it is natural we will want to hang out outside of the barn as well.  But what to do? There are many horse-related activities that your barn can do as a group to help build cohesiveness and the team mentality.

 

Host a fun show.

Hosting a fun show at your barn is a great way to just relax and have fun with your horses with no pressure.  Think of creative games classes like musical cones, egg and spoon race, or an obstacle course.  Costume classes are always fun and can get even non-riders involved.  Also for the non-riders is an option of a “horseless horse show where the humans  act as the horse and jump over a course of small jumps in the (more…)

February 6, 2017 |

2016 Thoroughbred Makeover – A Young Rider’s Experience

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My name is Chloe Duffy, I am 15 years old and have been riding since I was 3/4 years old. My Grandpa Bert bought me my first pony and I was hooked!

This 2016 year has been amazing! I have had lots of learning opportunities with a great little off-the-track thoroughbred Carless Cousin. We call him Eddie and he is the cutest little 4 year old dark bay gelding who has such a great heart for humans and sport. Our family adopted him from LongRun Retirement Thoroughbred Society on December 31, 2015. I say we adopted him but he actually adopted us! (more…)

November 30, 2016 |

Holiday Shopping and Black Friday

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Skip the crowds and do your Black Friday and holiday shopping online and support local athletes at the same time! In August 2017, the Eat Sleep Ride Repeat team will be competing in the 250 mile (400km) Shore to Shore race with their horses. The race is run over 5 days starting at the shore of Lake Huron and ending at the shore of Lake Michigan. We are fundraising to help offset the costs for preparing and participating in the race.

You do not have to do anything extra and it will not cost you anything more than what you spend. Every time you shop online using this link: https://www.flipgive.com/f/167720, Flipgive will give them a percentage of your purchase to go towards their goal. The link will give you access to big name retailers such as Indigo, Apple, Lowes, Under Armour, Bass Pro, Hudson’s Bay, Groupon, and many more.

Please feel free to share this with family and friends and they thank you in advance for your support.

Eat Sleep Ride Repeat is a team of endurance riders from Ontario that blog about their adventures with horses, both at home and abroad. Check out their website https://eatsleepriderepeat.com/ for more information.

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November 21, 2016 |

First Time Horse Buying Mistakes To Avoid

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Horse Buying Mistakes To Avoid

Looking at buying your first horse? Avoid these common mistakes and find the right horse for you.

1. “I only want black Arabian stallions”

No you don’t. You want something that is going to be safe and pleasurable to ride and be around. Rule out horses that are not beginner friendly, such as stallions and babies. Keep an open mind as to age. An older horse is great for beginners as they have been there, done that and are a great confidence booster.

A good horse comes in any colour/breed. If you’re looking to do a certain activity with your horse, then you can be a little pickier. Make sure to have a discussion with your trainer or coach about what kind of horse they think would match your intended riding activities.

2.Buying a horse without having much horse experience

Do you even know how to look after a horse? Have you actually cared for a horse yourself? Would you be able to tell if your horse was sick? If you don’t know the answers to these, you have some learning to do. Reading books and researching on the internet are good places to start but you need some practical experience as well. If you take lessons, ask to help out at the barn. Hold horses when the vet or farrier visit and don’t be afraid to ask them questions. Learn about vaccinations and what diseases may be in your area. Learn the difference between a good and bad shoeing job and what the farrier is trying to achieve with each horse.

If you’re not already taking lessons, find a reputable coach or trainer in your area. If you’ve only been riding a few months, it is not an appropriate time to rush out and purchase a horse. You should be able to walk, trot, and canter comfortably in an arena and out and you must know how to stop a horse safely or calm him down if he bolts or spooks. As you become a more experienced rider, you will become more comfortable handling a variety of horses as well. (more…)

November 8, 2016 |
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