Helmets- Personal Choice or Community Standards?

Every now and then something happens to stir up the helmet debate. Images like the one above always look more glamorous and romantic sans helmet.  This year, it’s the changes that are being brought about in terms of what standards are permitted at competition, and what standards no longer qualify.

What’s Happened to Good Horsemanship?

By Ross Jacobs Most of my clinics are attended by people with a wide range of experience and interests. As well as many amateur and occasional riders I often meet very experienced horse people at my clinics. Many have been riding most of their life. Some have even competed successfully at a high level in various disciplines. I get a smattering of trainers from various horse sports. A few have been judges in various disciplines such as dressage or jumping, reining, halter breed classes etc. These are people will a lot of experience and many skills in their chosen field.…

Why training The Dog Whisperer Cesar Millan’s way is dangerous

The Dog whisperer Cesar Millan has been a hit on National Geographic for over 10 years now. His rise to stardom has seen him release several books, and he is the star of 3 TV shows. All these shows and books are centered around his philosophy on dog training and behaviour. His show is also broadcasted in more than 80 countries – he is basically the face of modern dog training. And yet his methods are so outdated. Like many other people when I first watched the dog whisperer – maybe 8 years ago or so – my response was…

Is Equestrian Sport Ready to be Disrupted?

When my daughters expressed an interest in ponies I couldn’t believe my luck. Ah wonderful, a way to live my dreams vicariously through my children! You see I have always been fascinated by horses & the relationship some humans have with them. As a child I had riding lessons once a week, but my brother’s serious chronic heart condition and consequent death rendered any dreams of being one of those “horsey girls” defunct. Life kind of fell apart. Anyway, despite some difficult times, my love for horses continued and I took great solace in those darker days spending time in…

Sponsorship- The Good, The Bad and the Ugly Pt 2

Last week we discussed some of the pitfalls and potential in seeking or providing sponsorship. A couple of comments on the facebook page post sharing this article went along the lines of “I hope not too many local businesses read this, or we’ll never get sponsorship for our next show”. I’m not going to apologise for writing that article, because it’s based on the cold hard reality of business. What I will do in this article, and the 3rd part is to demonstrate to you if you are an event organiser or an individual looking for sponsorships that there is…

Sponsorship: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly – Pt1

Sponsorship, it’s something that most small businesses will do in one form or another.  Often it’s to “get the name out there”, for “exposure”, to “have my products seen” or to get “celebrity endorsements”. If you are a new business, or in start up phase it can be very easy to jump in head first and sponsor EVERYTHING going- wow! look at all the exposure I’m getting!!  I know, I’ve done it in the past as well.  We all have. But- if you are in those early stages of growing your busienss, or in survival mode where every dollar counts,…