Avoid Misunderstanding, Mistrust and Frustration—Communication Advice for Riders, Trainers and Equestrian Parents

Avoid Misunderstanding, Mistrust and Frustration—Communication Advice for Riders, Trainers and Equestrian Parents

by Darby Bonomi, PhD April 16, 2019

How do we reduce tensions, clear up misunderstandings and smooth out relationships?  Better communication is a must, along with a backdrop of compassion and respect for each other and the unique roles we occupy. 

Click below for guidelines and insight to move toward more effective communication and, hopefully, greater satisfaction with your overall equestrian experience.

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FROM THE MAIN LINE TO WORTH AVE: Ruespari®

FROM THE MAIN LINE TO WORTH AVE: Ruespari®

by kristin thornton April 13, 2019

Inspired by her own need for a flat belt to wear under hunt coats while in the show jumping arena, Ruespari® founder Adrienne Marciano created a style for herself that met these criteria. Other riders quickly noticed this design and soon the label Ruespari was conceived. 

Read in Adrienne’s own words, the story behind Ruespari, the conscious decision to keep production in the U.S.A., the inspiration for each collection, her love for animals, and more.

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Are you considering a serious change of career, specifically into the equine industry? Real life insight from financier turned successful equine photographer, Kirstie Jones.

Are you considering a serious change of career, specifically into the equine industry? Real life insight from financier turned successful equine photographer, Kirstie Jones.

by kristin thornton April 07, 2019

“Follow Your Passion” is a common phrase that is often referred to as a simple solution to choosing or changing your career path. While the success stories are endless, more recently recognized experts are challenging this advice.

An accomplished entrepreneur in the equine industry, Kirstie Jones  transitioned from full-time employment within the financial sector and formed a sustainable business in the equine industry named Kirstie Marie Photography.

Click below for insight from Kirstie about the timing of quitting a steady day job, marketing practices, avoiding burnout, and more.

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4 For Friday: Favorite Posts and Links

4 For Friday: Favorite Posts and Links

by kristin thornton March 29, 2019

Featuring:

  • Instagram: Alden Corrigan Media from Saut Hermès
  • Facebook: Mclain Ward with daughter Lilly
  • Podcast: Practical Horseman Magazine interviews legendary horseman, George Morris 
  • Recipe:  No Bake Chocolate Almond Bites by Megan Olson

 

 

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Horses? Travel? Friends? Groups? Easily personalize your Facebook Feed with your favorites...and a few of ours.

Horses? Travel? Friends? Groups? Easily personalize your Facebook Feed with your favorites...and a few of ours.

by kristin thornton March 24, 2019

Sifting through the current posts you want to read on your feed can be cumbersome, but YOU can control what you see, without the awkward experience of de-friending or unfollowing.

Learn how to easily see the most recent posts at the top of your News Feed and a list of a few of our favorite equestrian pages and groups.

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Where Have All the Riders Gone?

Where Have All the Riders Gone?

by Darby Bonomi, PhD March 13, 2019

Is our sport in trouble?  There seem to be fewer riders out there.  At least, fewer of them are at the A shows.  So, where are all the riders?  I don’t have the answers, but I do have some thoughts. Insight from Darby Bonomi, PhD.

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Manifattura VALOR: Tradition, Heritage, Excellence and Innovation

Manifattura VALOR: Tradition, Heritage, Excellence and Innovation

by kristin thornton March 06, 2019

Unraveling the evolution of manufacturing to improve the quality of finished goods requires an unrelenting commitment to finite details. Manifattura VALOR has done just this by challenging the process of the equine textile industry by creating a few select products crafted from natural materials that place the needs and comfort of the horse first.

CLICK BELOW to read how Manifattura VALOR has used their core competencies to continue to evolve from "good too great" and strengthen a business foundation that ensures longevity. 

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Street to Stable

Too Old to Ride?

by Darby Bonomi, PhD February 14, 2019

"Amateurs—in whatever discipline or level—are the most passionate and devoted riders. Time spent riding provides some of the most joyful, satisfying and therapeutic moments of our lives." - Darby Bonomi

Click below for professional insight as to what might hold you back from riding and the importance it delivers to your life.

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Author, Blogger, Educator: How Susan Friedland-Smith Uses Her Gift of Writing to Connect Everyday Equestrians

Author, Blogger, Educator: How Susan Friedland-Smith Uses Her Gift of Writing to Connect Everyday Equestrians

by kristin thornton February 11, 2019

Private by nature, Susan Friedland-Smith cherishes the unique bond between horses and humans.  A teacher by profession, she has pushed out of her comfort zone to learn how to candidly use her voice to connect everyday equestrians and  inform the group with relevant issues. 

Click below to read more about Susan Friedland-Smith, including important lessons learned from a life of loving of horses as shared in her recently released book, "Horses Adored, Men Endured" and also the unifying posts she creates that resonate with the equestrian community in her popular blog, "Saddle Seeks Horse." 

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Cultivating the Hannah Childs' Rose

Cultivating the Hannah Childs' Rose

by kristin thornton February 03, 2019

"With a mission to inspire women to be their authentic selves, the (Hannah Childs Lifestyle) label gives nod to classic styling, with an athleisure and sport twist for a modern update to the traditional equestrian style, with goods that are produced with care in California." 

Click below to learn more about Hannah "Rose" Childs and the journey to create her personal label.

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Authentically Connect to your Equestrian Brand

Authentically Connect to your Equestrian Brand

by Guest Contributor January 22, 2019

How do you stand out amongst a multitude of equestrian brands? You need to be easily differentiated. 

To do this, you need to be authentically connected to your equestrian brand. Wholeheartedly and unequivocally you need to be fully invested in your core values, process and brand story to connect with your customers on both an an emotional and practical level.

Click below for five tactics provided by entrepreneur Eizabeth-Anne Rhodes, founder of the innovative branding agency and production company Saucy Piaffe, to better understand how to pass this authenticity along to your customers:

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Dignity and Kindness—In and Out of the Show Ring

Dignity and Kindness—In and Out of the Show Ring

by Darby Bonomi, PhD January 16, 2019

RecentlyIzzy Baker’s The Kindness Movementspurred a discussion with myself and a group of equestrians of varying ages. The topic of DIGNITY, and how it relates to kindness was introduced by a young equestrian.  She commented, “Dignity, like kindness, used to be something that society considered to be extremely important, but nowadays it is thought to be irrelevant.” Upon further inquiry, she explained, “being collected and thorough with one's thoughts and actions. Those qualities aren’t valued anymore.”   Wow, out of the mouths of babes. 

Click below for insight on how to better integrate DIGNITY into both your competitive equestrian environment and everyday life. 

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