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Archive for the ‘Trophies and Blue Ribbons’ Category

In a new review of the (not equestrian specific) book Nerve by Taylor Clark, the reading horseman’s go-to blog Great Books for Horse Lovers recommends pairing it with the “iconic” best-selling book IT’S NOT JUST ABOUT THE RIBBONS by international rider, trainer, and motivational speaker Jane Savoie.

This reminded me of all the fabulous tips (supported by wonderful graphic art colored with a dash of humor) Jane included in her book, a follow-up to her worldwide hit THAT WINNING FEELING! Jane is a master at providing the images we need to envision to shape our mind and attitude and thus achieve peak performance, both in and out of the saddle.

This is what she says about “belly breathing,” a common relaxation technique that many of us have heard of but few probably actually have mastered or are able to employ when we need it:

Jane says to start by watching your dog or cat as he or she sleeps (ideally, not in the midst of an exciting dream involving bacon or catnip). Rest a book upon your belly and breathe in so deeply you can see the book rise. Jane likes to use the image of plus/minus signs—she envisions inhaling plus signs (positive energy) through her nose and minus signs (negative energy) through her mouth.

Bye-bye tension, hello confidence!

You can order IT’S NOT JUST ABOUT THE RIBBONS, THAT WINNING FEELING!, and Jane’s newest book JANE SAVOIE’S DRESSAGE 101 at the TSB bookstore, where shipping in the US is always FREE.

And you only have ONE MORE DAY to sign up to win a $100 gift certificate to http://www.horseandriderbooks.com/. Click the green banner at the bottom of our home page or visit us on Facebook. The contest closes at the end of the day today (Friday).

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TSB author Betsy Steiner, winner of the Premier Equestrian Sportsmanship Award

International dressage rider and trainer Betsy Steiner, author of the best-selling book A GYMNASTIC RIDING SYSTEM USING MIND, BODY, AND SPIRIT, won the Premier Sportsmanship Award while competing Joli Burrell’s Fino at the Palm Beach Dressage Derby at White Fences in Wellington, Florida, in early March.

The Premier Sportsmanship Award, sponsored by Premier Equestrian (a leading supplier of dressage arenas, jumps, arena footing, and stable accessories) is awarded to a rider who displays a high level of sportsmanship during competition.

Steiner says the secret to each and every ride is the simple fact that she loves her horses and she loves competing.”I love all the horses I compete, and Fino just happens to be one of the best,” she shared with her trademark warmth.

When first released, Steiner’s book introduced the dressage world to her system of Pilates for equestrians (Equilates) while providing riders with a clear training system that intertwines facets of mind, body, and spirit (of both horse and rider) with the Classical Training Pyramid. Check it out at the TSB bookstore, where shipping in the US is always FREE.

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Hey all you quiz lovers! The fabulous Sport Horse Marketplace Flipbook features a new contest whenever an issue comes out…and guess what? This month’s quiz promises YOUR CHOICE of 10 different Trafalgar Square Books bestsellers. Don’t miss your chance to check out this terrific online resource…and definitely don’t miss your chance to win FREE STUFF!

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Dr. Nancy Kay’s one-of-a-kind book on how to be a top-notch medical advocate for your dog has amassed a number of awards, glowing reviews, and enthusiastic testimonials. Recently, Speaking for Spot won BIG at the 2009 Dog Writers Association of America Contest, honored with both the Eukanuba Canine Health Award for the publication that best promotes health and well-being of dogs, and the Maxwell Prize for best blog! (On a personal note, Dr. Kay’s blog IS one of the best I’ve seen. As a dog owner, I read it regularly as I always learn something new about my pup’s health and how to discuss matters with his vet in an informed and rational manner–difficult when there’s love and money involved!) If you want to get a feel for Dr. Kay’s style and the matters she takes to heart, listen to her appearance on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross.

Click here to listen to Dr. Nancy Kay advise how to "speak for Spot"

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