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TSB author Denny Emerson is great about sending along the notes and messages he’s received since we published his bestselling book HOW GOOD RIDERS GET GOOD. Some of the letters he has received reveal an older rider’s regret of past decisions made, perhaps those that made a competitive riding career difficult or impossible. Some of the emails show that, thankfully, hope to achieve one’s dreams rarely dies, and all many of us are waiting and wishing for is a sign, a mentor, or a bend in the road that very clearly points us in the direction we’d most like to travel.

We at TSB are thrilled that Denny’s book has reached so many riders, young and old, experienced and not, already. We know, from our own collective past with horses, that the desire to improve, to ride better, to “get good,” is a universal and eternal one. With the right self-examination, with a little instruction, with direction and drive, a career with horses is not only possible, it can be a means of making a living and making a happy life.

If you are 12 and dream of riding for the United States in the Olympics one day, read Denny’s book. If you’re 45 and finally picking up the reins again now that your kids are grown, don’t wait–get a copy today. HOW GOOD RIDERS GET GOOD doesn’t have an expiration date: If you’re at the beginning, the middle, or the end of your equestrian career, find out how Denny’s advice and stories, tips and experiences, can make the difference in your own performance today and tomorrow, and discover all the ways it can help you improve your students’ chances of achieving their dreams, too.

Here’s what one new reader shared on her blog, Horses Are Our Lives, today:

“You MUST get this book. I sat down tonight (really, I did), after chores, with an ice tea, and outside on the lounge chair. I thought, ok… I’ll read the book cover and intro to see what this book is about. An hour later, I did NOT want to put the book down. The first chapter even had me leafing through the book to check out the other chapters. I especially checked out the chapter on personal characteristics! LOL It is a nuts and bolts book. Real Life. Tell it how it is. It sounds very familiar to how I used to be, and somewhere along the way, I’ve lost something. This is what the book makes me think, already! I need to get back to my true self, how I really am, and go for what I really want.  I am anxious to read more tomorrow!”

You can read the complete post about HOW GOOD RIDERS GET GOOD by clicking HERE

HOW GOOD RIDERS GET GOOD is available from the TSB online bookstore, where shipping in the US is always FREE.



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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.

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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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