How much do I love the blogging network Haynet? I love living in the country, horse riding, farming, dog walking and all that outdoorsy stuff so I guess I am typical of Haynet’s target audience. I also love reading stories from real people about their horsey and countryside antics.; finding out about the day-to-day lives and loves and making connections with like-minded folks. If you have passion for any of the above you too will love Haynet and I think you should take a look round and join us!
I say US because I am now a fully fledged member of the team having recently been asked to become a member of the very exclusive “Cream of the Crop Club”.
This club enrolls writers from the world of blogging who write great content and have a wide following – (Haynet’s description not mine)
It’s all about the capacity to review and promote products or services and reach a wide audience. You may recall when Haynet featured purely equestrian blogs that I won Equestrian Blogger of the Year 2014, since then Haynet has relaunched with a new colour branding and expanded the audience out beyond equestrianism to countryside and farming matters.
- Catherine Louise Birmingham is an internationally acclaimed dressage rider and world class trainer and pioneer in both human and animal behaviour
- Black and White Eventing is the pairing of Nikki Goldup, eventing mum, blogger and social media fanatic, and Wayward Wanderer known as Wanda or ‘The Flying Cow Pony’.
- Jessica Challinor – Of Gee Gee and Me fame. A writer and enthusiast of all things equine. With her horse Oscar she trials and tests, extensively researching products before she buys.
- Lil ole me! Patricia Pitt – The Dressage Tipster
I have exciting plans for the blog this year, including my new e-book which features a number of my equestrian blogging pals and their No. 1 tips for sitting trot; news about my competition journey with my beautiful mare A.K. and of course the reviews for Haynet Cream of the Crop Club as well as the usual tips and treats you are familiar with.
Looking forward to sharing with you – See ya there!
Hey guys, I’m really sorry I have been a little absent of late. 2016 Has been my annus horribilis! After a very long illness my beloved mother lost her fight for life on 22 November 2016. It was a blessed release.
I am thankful for the time I had with mum, I am grateful that I was lucky enough to have been her daughter and I will hold her in my heart forever.
I will honour her by living my life to the full and making 2017 my ‘optimus anno aeternum’ or ‘Best Year Ever’.
I hope you will join me as the blog picks up momentum again. I have lots planned, just need to get my head sorted over the festive period and get some rest so that I can hit the ground running come January.
Have fun and look out for each other.
Patricia – The Dressage Tipster
- This month In The Stirrups speak with the woman behind Learning to Listen, a charity healing horses and humans with their work.
- Dressage rider Lara Dyson introduces us to her ‘Gentle Giant’.
- WIN a place on The Essential Horse Management course in May
- All the news and results from FEI Dressage, Eventing and Showjumping.
- Don’t miss out on EQ-PR’s top tips to stay social media savvy!
WHY I KNOW THAT DRESSAGE IS NOT FOR ME!
Originally published on 17 March 2014
I have been on my journey of Dressage discovery now for a long time and just recently I have come to the conclusion that Dressage is not for me! Continue reading In The Stirrups – April 2016
I have so many newly signed up subscribers that I thought it might be a good idea to pick out a few archived dressage blog posts that are extremely popular and share them with you again.
Open Your Hips – Eureka Moment
Continue reading 5 Archived Dressage Blog Posts That Every Rider Should Read
I was blown away by the review I received from Jessica of Gee Gee and Me. Reading this has made the whole experience worthwhile!
Continue reading Gee Gee and Me
January’s In The Stirrups Magazine is out.
My article can be found on pages 30 to 33 and as ever is replicated below for your ease.
Go over to the magazine though and take a look at the results from Olympia, Tried and Tested, The Cush Grip Gel Whip, my article and In The Stirrups own therapy unicorn Applause.
In The Stirrups Article – January 2016
2016 is HERE: Get Your Mind Set Right for The Challenge
I have changed. I hadn’t noticed the change because it’s really sneaky. Bit like being a child and growing. You get taller but you don’t notice until you stand up against a wall and mark it.
The same holds true for my changes. We are all constantly changing, but it’s hard to notice. It’s not even a question of if you’re changing; it’s more about which direction are you going in. How in control of your changes are you? Here are 10 ideas around the way you think about your riding which may help you get the right mind set for your challenges. Continue reading In the Stirrups – Jan 2016
The first book review is in and they are coming thick and fast. I am absolutely delighted that Finnish born Roosa Rantanen of ‘Roosa’s Horsey Life‘ has given a huge thumbs up and recommends it to, well, everyone really!
Haynet blogger Roosa Rantanen recently was selected as competition winner to do a Book Review and was sent The Crystal System by 2014 Haynet Blogger of the Year, Patricia Pitt.
Here’s Roosa’s Book Review:
“Patricia Pitt is the amazing blogger known as The Dressage Tipster who from her blogging, her riding life experiences and learning journey has created the book The Crystal System. Thanks to Haynet and the wonderful Dressage Tipster I was given the opportunity to read the book over Christmas.
The Crystal System is a self-help system for riders, which aims to clear up some of the mysteries that often surround the ability to ride skilfully, with feel and with subtlety – but self-help is not to be taken negatively, for as Patricia points out in the book self help “is to use one’s own efforts and resources to achieve things without relying on others”. I’m sure many of us have felt the need to be always helped out by trainers who are more knowledgable that us, but this book encourages you to train yourself in order to improve.
Continue reading Roosa’s Book Review
Chapter 13 – Overcoming a Crisis
In this final chapter I talk about what to do if and when you hit a crisis.
On understanding the inevitable
“… The new habits you form are often very fragile and it is for this reason that you need to eliminate any source of resistance that may lead you astray. When the inevitable ‘curve ball’ is thrown into play, you need some strategies to deal with the unexpected. Truth be told, happiness is not the absence of problems, but having the ability to deal with them”.
On Competition Anxiety
Continue reading The Crystal System Dressage – Chapter 13
CRYSTAL SYSTEM DRESSAGE – Chapter 12 – DO – Rider Focus Plan
So we move to the penultimate chapter of the book, pulling together all you have gleaned from previous chapters, this post gives you a few sample paragraphs, quotes, tips and illustrations that are included in Chapter 12 to see you if think it might be for you.
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellent then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle
“… Evaluation and re-evaluation and a systematic progressive plan will ensure that the inevitable recurring plateaus can be dealt with. You may feel unable to ride, you may feel like what you are trying to achieve is just not achievable. This will continue until you become secure and master the new way of working. Often riders get to thinking ‘it’s like learning to ride all over again’. In the long term, the cycle of breakthrough, plateau, re-evaluation will never end, no matter how accomplished you become.
However those ‘bad’ rides, after which you think that you will never learn to ride skilfully can and will be overcome if you continue to analyse and figure it out for yourself; no quick fix, no shortcut, no easy way – only diligent practice.”
Continue reading Crystal System Dressage – Chapter 12
Chapter 11 – Do – Suppling Your Horse
Snippets from Chapter 11 to give you a feel for what The Crystal System offers you.
“Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Be curious” – Stephen Hawking
“… The critical aim of the preliminary training phase is looseness and by this I mean relaxation of all of the joints and muscles. Only when your horse is supple can he create impulsion, be straight and have balance with a swinging back and self-carriage. Looseness is not achieved overnight, particularly if you have started with a horse that has a degree of stiffness anywhere in his body and/or legs. It will take a minimum of six weeks
of patient work for you to re-train any ‘bad’ muscle memory and a further six weeks for the muscle to develop and become strong. Laterally your horse should be able to bend his body from poll to just behind the saddle without falling in on the shoulder or swinging out the haunches. The only means you have for acquiring lateral suppleness in your horse is lateral bending.” Continue reading Crystal System Dressage – Chapter 11