The Marathon of Change, from Track to Hack.

I want you to imagine for a minute that you are a professional marathon runner.  “Professional” in the sense that this is your career: a paying role which commands the majority of your time.  A craft which you have perfected steadily over years of careful training. Each day, you wake and set about your training […]

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Keep Striding Towards Standardbred Success – One for the Dreamers

I’m going to preface this piece by mentioning that I completely understand that for some riders, just being around their horse and pottering about together is the point of their horsemanship experience.  The journey is the destination. But, as a professional Standardbred trainer, coach and someone who just loves any excuse to chat about a […]

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Student Placement Opportunity at Raising the Standards.

Across the next few weeks, Raising the Standards will be shooting some educational videos and resources, to be published online to support our community of Standardbred enthusiasts. We usually produce content by having Nic ride/coach a student, with her husband left in charge of shooting the footage.  This is something we’ve done over many years, […]

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5 Trainer Tips to Conquer Your Next Competition

Well, Spring has well and truly sprung!  Coupled with the gorgeous weather comes the urge for riders to dust off the boots, get out there and start doing great things with their horses again! With competition season in full swing, I thought I’d jot down five simple, but highly effective, ways to get the most […]

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Rider Reflection: The Secret to Retraining the Standardbred.

Through the writing process as part of the development of our new Standardbred Masterclass online course, I’ve had the opportunity to really step back and think about what the key ingredients have been in successfully retraining so many ex-harness horses over the years. If I had to put it down to the most significant factor […]

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7 Habits of Successful Standardbred Retrainers

  As a standardbred retrainer with nearly a decade of professional experience under my belt (and many more years of personal retraining prior to this), I have been privileged to share ideas, seek guidance from and collaborate with some amazing standardbred aficionados over the years. I recently got to thinking about some of the habits […]

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How Long Does It Take To Retrain A Standardbred?

As a go-to Standy gal, one of the most common questions I get asked about is how long it will take to break a Standardbred to saddle.  To this, my answer is an age-old classic: “how long is a piece of string?” As discussed in our Retraining Guides, rarely will two Standardbreds share the exact […]

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