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What is is success? So many different things to different people! Let me tell you what it is to me. I am the average Joe riding the average horse and the, lets say the 'less charitable', among us may be thinking, why does she bother? She never wins, hardly ever gets placed. Success for me is not winning or getting placed. It is so many other things. Things to me that are much more important than winning a class or title. Don't get me wrong that is also very cool, but it is the icing on the cake, not the...

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I have sponsored a number of classes at various different events over the years which I am happy to do as a way to give back to a sport that I love. Sponsors are absolutely vital to events. Some events can't run and some would be able to run but be at a much greater expense to the riders. Sadly it seems riders aren't overly forth coming with their thanks to the sponsors of their classes which is a huge shame. I started a discussion on a horse group Facebook page to find out what the norm was for riders...

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As I am learning about different things, one of the things I have learnt is that it is just as important to feed your mind with the right fuel, the same way you feed your body. If you fuel your body with junk, you feel yuck. The same goes for your mind. Fill it with rubbish and it affects the way you look at life.

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If you are a horse rider you will know exactly what I mean by the winter funk. You've finished a busy season, you and your horse have a few weeks or month off then you are into winter training. Its cold, its wet, you are stepping up a level and it's hard, the days are short, you're tired and all the other million excuses you come up with to not get out there and ride. Normally what happens is you push through, you get out there and you are glad you did. That feeling can last for a couple of...

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