Jan 2015

The Breakfast Sinners


About 2 years ago now I was at a training camp, assessing riders etc, when I noticed a display the nutritionist had done - drinks and their sugar content. She had bought some of the most popular soft drinks, worked out how much sugar was in them, and then stacked the corresponding amount of sugar cubes by each drink. It seriously shocked me


Introducing The Second Of Our Activerider - Laura Eaton

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I'm Laura Eaton, a thirty something rider who rode as a child, took a long break and back to it again!  I combine riding with a full time job as an Account Manager in business communications. My four legged partner in crime is Red Cell a now 9 yr old ex racehorse who very definitely has his own mind! 

I'm hoping to give you an insight into our year and hopefully our highs (prefer not to have many lows) as we try and get further in our riding career, our greatest achievements so far have been double clear at 60cm SJ, a run over XC at a Hunter trial, dressage is our current strongest phase and we are competing BD Prelim with scores of 60-65% depending on Sir Red's mood and dislike of the venue, we qualified for the UK riders champs at Intro & Prelim last summer and have already qualified for Prelim & Novice for the regional finals.  We're just an ordinary horse and rider team who this year aspire to get a decent score at Novice, double clear at 75cm SJ & XC and the ultimate aim is a small ODE with our eyes on a BE80 the following season.

All of the above sounds easy right?  I've been owned by Red for just over 4 years and I was an average riding school rider when I bought him as my first own horse.  Sadly we both had a fair bit of injury  (2 years in total) and he was only meant to make a light hack and has only been in full work for just over a year now.  As usual he didn't listen to the advice....


Which Diet Is Best?


With a wide range of diets out there, it is hard to know which diet is best.  Today we are going to look at the most popular ones


Introducing One Of Our 2015 Activeriders - Laura Durkan


My name is Laura Durkan, an event rider who balances producing my own horses with being a mum and sports coach.

As a junior and young rider I represented Great Britain in both dressage and eventing with both National and International success.  I have produced young horses to Burghley Young Event Finals, 2 star eventing, advanced dressage with notable successes at regional and national Championship level.


7 Dos And Don’ts For A Healthier Breakfast


Breakfast is massively underrated in my eyes - regularly missed, quite often badly made, and poor choices.  Let’s be honest, if an alien were to spy on us during breakfast, he would think many of us were mad eating what quite often looks like shredded cardboard.  Breakfast is a great way to start your day as if you eat right, you can curb cravings, reduce snacking during the rest of the day and sneak in some vital vitamins and minerals.  Nearly 3 years ago, after Elly was born, I lost 4 kg of weight, that I had carried for many years, and I believe most of it was down to altering what I ate for breakfast.  So how can you make your breakfast healthier without too much disruption to your lives?


What Is The Best Form Of Cardio Fitness For Riders?


There are so many ways to improve your cardio fitness these days, but what are the best methods for riders? This week's blog explores the pros and cons of each element, as well as giving you some simple top tips.