Sharon White and Boyd Martin compare and contrast the different facilities and opportunities for winter training in Aiken, SC versus Ocala, FL, as well as sharing their preparations for the spring season. This podcast is also available for download on iTunes.
Roy Burek, Managing Director of Charles Owen, offers some important information about helmet awareness and safety measures, notably the effects of injury and how to help yourself recover from concussion as well as emphasizing the reasons why riders should always wear helmets. Visit their website for information about their range of products at www.charlesowen.com.
Karen O'Connor pays tribute to Biko who passed away on January 29, 2014 at the age of 30. Biko, a large, bay Thoroughbred gelding (Beau Charmeur - My Hansel) with a lovely white blaze holds the number six spot on the USEA Top Ten All American High Point Horses of the Century, and in 1999 won the Horse of the Century Award from the USEA. He was owned by the late Mr. & Mrs. Richard H. Thompson of Malvern, Pennsylvania. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2006.
Lauren Kieffer has been producing young horses for Mrs. Jacqueline Mars and Team O'Connor for the past nine years, mainly with graduates from the successful home-bred program. Lauren explains the system that is used and why she believes it provides a solid foundation for the team.
Michael Pollard discusses the importance of rider fitness and suggests some options to get started and the benefits of maintaining a program as well as some advice on nutrition and beverages. These podcasts are also available on iTunes.
Allison Springer and Katy Groesbeck share their experiences of going to college, how they managed to combine riding, their choices of subject, how it has helped them in their career and life, and why it was important to have a degree.
Katy Groesbeck from Area VI is a recipient of the Rebecca Broussard Developing Rider Grant which are designed to assist and to encourage the development of event riders at the highest level of the sport. These grants are awarded to offset some of the travel and training expenses in the pursuit of achieving the qualities of an international rider.
Diane Pitts has taken over the reins as the association's new President and reflects on this year's Annual Meeting & Convention. Diane also shares her story of how she got involved in the sport and her journey to the top job as well as the issues facing the association.
Marilyn Payne explains where the Future and Young Event Horse programs currently stand in their development, and what their immediate goals are as she prepares for the Forums, which will be held at the 2013 Annual Meeting.