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Verity Smith

Preparation is the key

Spending a sleepless night before a competition worrying about the whiteness of your gloves or where on earth  you put that new packet of hair nets, or for that matter if you have actually memorised the right test, is far from the way to wake up feeling refreshed and ready to ‘Wow the Judges’ in the competition arena. Yet we’ve all done it… rest assured, preparation is the key when preparing for a dressage test...

 

Warming up for Summer

Warming up at a competition is, I find, always the most nerve wracking part of competing.  Most of us, as riders, have our warm up routine set.  We work according to our individual horses' needs, getting them supple, reactive, and working through their body correctly before striding down that centre line and into the view of the judges. Read more here...

Fit for Kit, Part 2

We expect our horse to be an athlete, equally the rider should also be an athlete. Both horse and rider need training, both mentally and physically. In this, Verity's latest blog article, learn about the four areas you should focus on and Verity's top tips on rider fitness and exercise...

 

Fit for Kit

Equestrian sport is one of the few sports that  require the complete fitness of two athletes, horse and rider.  We, as the rider, need to be as fit as our precious mounts in order to perform well in the competition arena. In this article, learn why rider fitness is just as important...

 

Horse dust allergy advice and tips

Dust allergies are really common and are often quite tricky for horse owners to identify as the cause of a condition that their horse is suffering with.  In this second vet tip from Verity and her vet Lee Paul of B&W Equine Group, they share some commonly asked questions and great tips on how to minimise the effects of dust on your horse.

 

Finding Mr Right, Part II

Verity shares with us part two of her story about how she found her "Mr Right" in Sweden. Armed with Mum, a gold notebook, impractical shoes and the delightful and dependable Uffa, read on to learn how Verity concluded her search to find her perfect dressage partner...

Mud Fever: symptoms, treatment and frequ...

This time of year, all of us equestrians experience many wet weather woes and one of the most difficult ones to combat is the dreaded Mud Fever.  As you’ll see in this post about the symptoms, treatment and FAQs for Mud Fever, even Verity, our sponsored dressage rider, has recently encountered it…

 

Finding Mr Right

Before I write about how Kit and I are getting along with our training, I thought it was important to write about how I came to find my ‘Mr Right’. Searching for “The Right Horse’ is a little like searching for the man of your dreams, you may have to kiss a lot of frogs along the way before you find your prince.

History of Guide Dogs for the Blind

This is the third of our blog posts about Verity Smith, our Para Dressage Rider who is heading to Rio 2016. Equus is thrilled to be able to bring you exclusive news about Verity's journey. This article is all about the history of guide dogs...

 

Introducing Uffa, a fantastic guide dog ...

This is the second of our blog posts about Verity Smith, our Para Dressage Rider who is heading to Rio 2016. Equus is thrilled to be able to bring you exclusive news about Verity's journey with her horse Szekit and her formidable and respected trainer, Sandy Philips. This second article is all about her guide dog Uffa.

 

The Beginning of the Journey.. Blind, Bl...

Introducing Verity Smith, our newly sponsored Para Dressage Rider. Verity has set off on a journey to be a member of the Team GB Para Dressage team at Rio 2016. Equus is thrilled to be able to bring you exclusive news about Verity's journey with her horse Szekit and her formidable and respected trainer, Sandy Philips. Read Verity's first post to find out about her background, her dog Uffa, and how she came to be a Para Dressage rider...