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Phillip Dutton and the Dutton Eventing Team had a terrific Memorial Day Weekend at the Spring Virginia Horse Trials in Lexington, Virginia—congratulations to all!

And of course we are thrilled to announce that MODERN EVENTING WITH PHILLIP DUTTON, the new book by Phillip and his cowriter/photographer Amber Heintzberger, is now available! You can download a free sample chapter and order your copy from the TSB online bookstore when you CLICK HERE.

“Our goal as event riders is to excel at all three phases,” says Phillip. “This requires a lot of training and knowledge, but successfully completing an event at any level can be a very rewarding challenge. I hope to help give you the tools to meet these challenges and have fun in the process!”

Phillip stole a few minutes off a horse to personally announce his book! Check it out:


“A must buy!” —Jim Wofford, Eventing Legend

“This book reflects on a truly amazing horseman.” —Wayne Roycroft, Australian Olympic Medalist and Team Coach

“Phillip Dutton has had an enormous impact on producing the best event riders in America, without question. If you look at the top 50 riders in this country at any point in the last ten years, the majority of them have been influenced by the greatest trainer this country has ever seen.” —Boyd Martin, US Eventing Team Member


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Looking for some young reader fiction that focuses on riding and horses, as well as how to rise above and learn from the social challenges we face as we grow up? Check out the great DiscoverHorses.com review of the second book in the Brookmeade Young Riders Series by Linda Snow McLoon:

Crown Prince Challenged_250“I’m glad the author lets Sarah be a teenager with all of the insecurities and impulsiveness that goes with the territory—and lets Prince act like the greenie he is. He’s still the dream horse every young girl wants, but it’s good for readers to see the down side of a green horse/green rider pairing,” writes reviewer Dale Leatherman. “Competing to be on the Brookmeade team for the upcoming Wexford Hall Cup brings out the best and worst in the advanced riders, and things don’t go as expected for anyone. Kudos to the author for shaking up the action and, well, surprising us. The story is spiced with danger, thrills, injuries, poor judgment, treachery, disappointments–and, yes, challenges, as in the title…McLoon’s experience with horses serves her well in this book as she accurately describes how various situations with horses are handled.”

You can read the full review of CROWN PRINCE CHALLENGED on DiscoverHorses.com by clicking HERE.

Linda Snow McLoon’s Brookmeade Young Riders Series is appropriate for horse-crazy readers ages 9 to 14 and are available from the TSB online bookstore.


For those tech-savvy kids: Both CROWN PRINCE and CROWN PRINCE CHALLENGED are also available for Kindle devices on Amazon.com and in epub format at ebooks.com.

Print of the Month_CrownPrince_Jennifer BrandonDo you like the cover art for CROWN PRINCE and CROWN PRINCE CHALLENGED? Check out artist Jennifer Brandon’s equine portraits at http://www.jachestudio.com.

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As the first day of of the 2012 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event wraps up and the dressage scores are in, we’re following along from the TSB offices. Two of our authors are competing: Phillip Dutton is author of the forthcoming book MODERN EVENTING WITH PHILLIP DUTTON, and Doug Payne has a book on the way called THE PROBLEM HORSE REPAIR MANUAL. Sign up under our SUBSCRIBE option (see right side of the blog) to receive updates regarding these books and their release dates later in 2012.

Follow along during the Rolex weekend with Phillip and Doug on Twitter, and find out what’s happening, as its happening:








TSB wishes the best of luck and safe riding to all this year’s Rolex competitors!


Phillip Dutton, author of the forthcoming book MODERN EVENTING WITH PHILLIP DUTTON, is competing at this year's Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event.

Doug Payne, author of the forthcoming book THE PROBLEM HORSE REPAIR MANUAL, is competing at this year's Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event.

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Helena Bee and Glenn the Geek, hosts of the STABLE SCOOP radio show on the Horse Radio Network, spoke with Denny Emerson about what it is that makes his hit book HOW GOOD RIDERS GET GOOD so, well, good! Helena says HOW GOOD RIDERS GET GOOD is the right book for any rider—however you define success, whatever your goal in the horse industry, there are lessons in here that are of value to your life and your pursuits. “I have such a low tolerance for disingenuous people…Denny is not about that,” she says. “The truth is not always pretty, but it does help. This book is one of the most helpful editions to a horseman’s library out there.”

You can order Denny’s book at the TSB bookstore, where shipping in the US is always FREE.

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USEA hall-of-famer Denny Emerson, author of the hit book HOW GOOD RIDERS GET GOOD, was featured on dressage Olympian Robert Dover’s live-stream and AM radio show “Dover’s World” last night. Robert’s show covers all kinds of topics, both horse-related and non, with a special focus on social issues and causes that he finds of import. You can follow Robert’s discussions and radio shows on Dover’s World by clicking through on the blog link in our recommended blogs on the right.

Listen to Denny and Robert discuss HOW GOOD RIDERS GET GOOD, as well as Denny’s life and how both of these internationally renowned riders and trainers “got good” with horses in the first hour of the May 24th episode of “Dover’s World.” It is amazing to hear how those who have found success in the saddle faced challenges, and surmounted them, and went from riding their “thousand-dollar-horses” to riding some of the best eventing and dressage horses in the world.

Denny and Robert make good listening–don’t miss it! Check out the first hour of last night’s “Dover’s World” HERE.

Denny’s best-selling book HOW GOOD RIDERS GET GOOD is available from the TSB bookstore, where shipping in the US is always FREE.

And don’t forget to sign up for your chance to win a $100 gift certificate–look for our the green banner at the bottom of our home page and the special sweepstakes announcement on our Facebook page.

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Renowned eventer, trainer, and coach Denny Emerson’s new book HOW GOOD RIDERS GET GOOD has rocked the horse world since its release early this spring. Now, Denny will appear as a special guest on dressage Olympian Robert Dover’s AM radio and live-stream talk show at www.DoversWorld.com.

“I am very excited to have one of the most influential horsemen in the last 100 years, Denny Emerson, as my Special Guest!” writes Robert on his blog. “Denny has successfully competed internationally in three-day eventing as a member of the U.S. Equestrian Team, has done endurance riding, competed at the Morgan National Championships,and ridden jumpers, and he now has his new book out, HOW GOOD RIDERS GET GOOD.  This great book has as much to do with bec0ming successful in life as it does specifically with horses and riding.  It tells how 23 of the very best riders in the world ‘GOT GOOD’ and their tips for ‘MAKING IT’ in the horse industry.  Denny is a funny and brilliant guy and I sincerely hope you will all tune in and call in to speak with him at 561-844-6167 or toll-free to 1-800-889-0267.”

So tune in to Dover’s World tomorrow night for your chance to learn more from Denny, and ask him questions of your own! Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to GET GOOD and be on air with two of the most influential riders of the past century.

You can order your copy of HOW GOOD RIDERS GET GOOD at the TSB bookstore, where shipping in the US is always FREE. And don’t miss your chance to win a $100 gift certificate–look for the green banner at the bottom of our homepage or visit our Facebook page for details.

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Mary King and Michael Pollard, both profiled in Denny Emerson‘s new book HOW GOOD RIDERS GET GOOD, are in the top 11 after the dressage phase at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. King, a member of the gold-medal-winning British eventing team at the 2010 World Equestrian Games, sits in second and fourth on Fernhill Urco and Kings Temptress, and Pollard, one of Denny Emerson’s former working students, is eleventh on Icarus.

We’ll see what tomorrow–cross-country day–brings. They’re actually saying in the sixties and sunny tomorrow in Lexington, which I’m sure is surprising to most of those who have experienced the usual gallop in the rain, mist, or muck that Rolex Saturday brings. Don’t forget that Denny Emerson will be signing copies of HOW GOOD RIDERS GET GOOD at the Bit of Britain booth in the Trade Fair during the lunch break tomorrow…and if you didn’t make it to Lexington, you have one more day before our “Everything Eventing” month sale is over! Check out our discounts at the TSB bookstore, where shipping in the US is always FREE.

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Olympic eventer Denny Emerson will be signing copies of his best-selling new book HOW GOOD RIDERS GET GOOD during the lunch break on Saturday at this year’s Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event (April 28-May 1, 2011). Don’t miss the excitement of this event, where some of the world’s best (and most fearless) horses and riders converge on the famed grounds of the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. And definitely be sure to stop by the Bit of Britain shop at the Trade Fair during Saturday’s lunch break so you can meet Denny!

TSB author Denny Emerson on King Oscar at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event in 1996.

Denny’s book is garnering all sorts of attention–and with good reason. Not only does this excellent teacher provide the character traits, habits, and choices that he believes help turn average riders into good riders, and good riders into great ones, but he includes over 20 profiles of some of today’s finest horsemen, with their tips for the little (and big) things they did to reach the top. It’s a fabulous read and one that promises to get your act in gear and your seat in the saddle–don’t we all need a little reminder of how our day-to-day choices can lead us astray from our riding dreams? (I sure do!)

HOW GOOD RIDERS GET GOOD is on sale all this month at the TSB bookstore. You can download a FREE sample chapter by clicking HERE and then choosing the FREE SAMPLE DOWNLOAD on the right side of the page.

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On course at Rolex...definitely identifiable as a pedestrian spectator!

Although I spent much of my preteen and teenage years imagining myself on horse and on course, deftly managing a blistering run over the daunting obstacles that are and always will be (at least in the minds of wild, horse-mad teenagers the world over) the Rolex Three-Day Event in Kentucky, it wasn’t until 2006–when I was 29 years old–that I finally made the trip to the hallowed grounds of the Kentucky Horse Park in late April. (I’d been there once before when in Kentucky for the national competition for Quiz Bowl…yes, I was a 4-H geek…but visiting the park during Rolex–THE EVENT–meant everything to me.)

I was at Rolex in a very different capacity than that I’d imagined as an ambitious young rider, as by 2006 I had been working at Trafalgar Square Books–publisher of equestrian books, hurrah!–for a number of years. We flew down from our offices in Vermont to meet with a number of current authors and prospective authors, so it was certainly a “business trip,” but I admittedly could not disguise my utter elation at the proximity to greatness, the immersion in all things eventing, and the thrill of riding vicariously that the experience offered.

I grew up in a small town in Vermont, rather ideally positioned next to the very town that is home to Denny Emerson’s northeastern abode Tamarack Hill Farm. Although I never got much closer than “right down the road,” the very nearness of the sport infused me with the desire to gallop hard at big sturdy fences, and I spent years fence judging at local horse trials studying just how one did that…sometimes with great success, and others with disaster.

I think this was called The Footbridge in 2006--I'm 5' 10", so you can see, umm, the seriousness of the situation on course.

But all those fences I’d studied and jumped, hungered for and gaped at, paled in comparison to viewing the number one fence on course at Rolex from a quarter mile away. It looked huge before I was anywhere near it. And when I finally reached it, I think I experienced my first true feeling of fear in relation to horses. Now, this is a pretty serious statement when you A) take into consideration that I am 5′ 10″ and no delicate flower (in other words, a big fence has to be REALLY BIG to make me feel, well, small); and B) I’d ridden some crazy horses and jumped some crazy fences in my life, and had been fully aware of the craziness factor at those times (call it youthful folly…I was blinded by riding lust).

Walking that course alongside Jimmy Wofford, and watching some of today’s great eventers navigate the trickier questions, was eye-opening, inspiring, and surprisingly fulfilling. At 29 and no doubt past my riding prime in many ways, I discovered that “One day I’ll ride at Rolex” was a proclamation that could be realized without owning an elite event horse. I had made that statement any number of times in my past, and sure enough, I’d made it–through Jimmy Wofford’s eyes, words, and expertise, and through the triumphs and failures of the many riders that year, I lived and died, I won and lost, I stumbled and rose again to finish.

Most importantly, I lived my childhood dream–perhaps in a slightly different form than I’d once imagined, but my dream all the same.

This month we’re celebrating the beginning of the eventing season, the 2011 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, and the publication of Denny Emerson’s new book HOW GOOD RIDERS GET GOOD with a selection of great books and DVDs on sale at the TSB bookstore. Check them out HERE.

Rebecca Didier

Senior Editor

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