How Getting Cows Has Made Me a Better Standardbred Coach

Across the past few days, I’ve been busy settling a couple of calves into our family. They are super cute and it’s been a lot of fun, particularly for my kids, to feed them their bottles and make friends. But, it’s also been MASSIVELY stressful for me. And I’ve experienced some serious overwhelm. Turns out, […]

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Put the Happy Back in your Horsemanship Journey

Last night, I pulled my standardbred out of the paddock, after getting the guilts from seeing his gorgeous pricked ears waiting eagerly at the gate. I’ll admit, with summer’s heat in full-force, I’ve found it hard to get motivated lately. Life’s been so crazy. Of course, I always end up stuck waaay deep in a […]

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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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