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TSB is proud to release our first audiobook with one of our original bestselling authors: IT’S NOT JUST ABOUT THE RIBBONS, written and read by renowned rider, coach, and motivational speaker Jane Savoie, is now available from the TSB online bookstore!

We know horse people lead busy lives, often juggling work, family, and riding, so we want to make it easy to listen to some of our top authors’ best advice while commuting, or during your morning walk, or while sweeping the barn aisle or raking the arena track. There’s no better place to start than with Jane Savoie’s contagious enthusiasm, which couldn’t be better highlighted than in an audiobook read by Jane herself.

IT’S NOT JUST ABOUT THE RIBBONS was the followup to Jane’s breakout bestseller THAT WINNING FEELING!the first book ever to recognize the importance of training the mind and shaping attitude in order to achieve higher levels of riding skill. In RIBBONS, Jane shares the tools and ideas for self-improvement that she has used, not only to help herself deal with challenges, but her students—who range from Olympic contenders to intermediate riders—as well. Full of shining examples of the success of her methods of dealing with riding’s—and life’s—challenges, this book is essential for anyone who is passionate about horses but may be struggling, at some level or other, with negative emotions and frustration from slow development of riding skills.

Want to know how much Jane’s techniques can help you in both riding and life? While recording her audiobook, Jane was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a rare blood cancer. Here, in her own words (the introduction she reads at the beginning of the RIBBONS audiobook), she shares how pieces of her book gave her tools she could use in her day-to-day struggle to combat her illness:

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Sometimes it is hard to believe that my first book about riding and sport psychology—THAT WINNING FEELING!—was published over a quarter of a century ago. Its follow-up was this book: IT’S NOT JUST ABOUT THE RIBBONS. Time has indeed flown, as they say it should when you’re having fun.

And I have, for the most part, been having fun! In addition to teaching and mentoring riders through my clinics and online courses, I discovered ballroom dancing…a pursuit that demands the same kind of relentless attention to detail and patience in the mundane practice of basics as dressage. The two “Ds”—dressage and dancing—have over time given me what my mind and body crave most: achievable short- and long-term goals, small successes to be celebrated every day, and the chance to connect with a skilled and motivated partner, as well as evolve with that partner over time.

But then, in 2015, just as I had begun recording the audio version of this book, I found out I have multiple myeloma, a rare blood cancer. 

My life as I knew it went on hold as I spent the winter going through a round of high-dose chemotherapy, and I actually finished recording the IT’S NOT JUST ABOUT THE RIBBONS audiobook you are about to listen to while I was in the hospital, recovering from a stem cell transplant.

It is so easy to lose yourself in the physically excruciating process of battling back from illness or injury. I realized, as I forced myself to walk, IV rattling beside me, the 40 laps around the nurse’s station that would mean I’d gone a mile, that it was techniques I talk about in this book—those habits formed over a lifetime—that got me out of bed and placing one foot in front of the other, determined to get strong enough to go home.

My positive self-talk mantras became, “I’m going to breeze through this transplant,” and “I’m as tough as nails.” I desperately craved activity, but was often too tired to do more than my laps of the nurse’s station, so I filled that void within by making myself busy with visualization. I looked up pictures of myeloma cells, and when I discovered they looked like sunny-side up eggs, I reveled in the hours I could spend mentally smashing yolk after yolk. The “As If” Principle became my go-to …when I was scared, I acted as ifI was brave. When I felt depressed, I acted as ifI was bursting with optimism. The chemistry of fake emotion is the same as the chemistry of real emotion, so I changed my physiology on my bad days—smiling at nurses and doctors when they greeted me, replying, “I’m great!” when they asked how I was feeling.

That doesn’t mean I wasn’t discouraged when my blood counts didn’t improve on a particular day, but I always remembered what I wrote in this book about resilience, and the importance of being able to bounce back in the face of challenges—because that is what makes sure you stay in the game.

My wish for you is to not only learn how the tools in the chapters ahead can better your riding and improve your ability to meet your equestrian goals, but also that you find yourself, like me, better equipped to handle the kinds of trials, small and large, that prove themselves the bumps in the roads we travel.

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Jane Savoie’s strategies can help you chart your course to success. Art by Beth Preston from It’s Not Just About the Ribbons.

 

The IT’S NOT JUST ABOUT THE RIBBONS audiobook is available now from the TSB online bookstore.

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Trafalgar Square Books, the leading publisher of equestrian books and DVDs, is a small business based on a farm in rural Vermont. 

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TSB author Jane Savoie---her energy and ideas are always an inspiration!

TSB author Jane Savoie—her energy and ideas are always an inspiration!

We were lucky enough to spend time with dressage rider, author, motivational speaker, and (now) dancing queen Jane Savoie while attending Equine Affaire in Massachusetts last week. Her vitality, enthusiasm, and vibrant energy reminded us why TSB is so proud to have published her books, including JANE SAVOIE’S DRESSAGE 101, THAT WINNING FEELING!, and IT’S NOT JUST ABOUT THE RIBBONS.

 

Here’s one fabulous lesson from Jane’s winning playbook from IT’S NOT JUST ABOUT THE RIBBONS:

horsewarningAt one time or another, you’re going to get discouraged about your riding. This might happen when you think you’re just not making any progress; you feel like you’re taking two steps forward and three steps back. Maybe it happens when either you or your horse are sidelined with an injury. Perhaps you get discouraged because your horse is so good at home, but he’s inattentive or disobedient when ridden in a clinic or a show.

Your reactions are perfectly normal, and it’s fine to be discouraged for the moment. The problem only exists if you stay that way. The antidote to “getting stuck there” is to be resilient.

Resilience is an important quality in every area of life but it seems particularly necessary if you’re going to survive in the horse business. How many times have you been chugging along, smoothly working toward a goal, and then you show up at the barn and discover your horse is lame and needs a month off? How many times have you felt like quitting because you’re riding so badly? At times like these, your resilience—your bounce-back ability—will help you stay optimistic and ready to soldier on.

It really doesn’t matter what the challenge is. You can get knocked down in any area of your life as you pursue your goals. But getting knocked down doesn’t matter. You never truly fail unless you quit. And if you’re resilient, you’ll be able to bounce back after disappointment and stay in the game.

It’s normal to get discouraged from time to time. It only becomes a problem if you stay there emotionally. Obstacles and setbacks shouldn’t stop you in your tracks. Look at “failure” in a positive light. It gives you necessary feedback. It tells you what doesn’t work so you can figure out what does. Remember: You never really fail unless you quit.

Here are five tips for making resilience your “bounce-back” secret to success in the saddle—to be resilient you must:

  1. Have have a “fire in your belly” (a burning desire).
  2. Believe in yourself.
  3. Commit yourself to your goal.
  4. Be bold enough to dare to keep on “keeping on.”
  5. Use hurt, such as anger, as a motivator, rather than allowing it to become a roadblock.

 

You can get all of Jane Savoie’s fabulous books and DVDs from the TSB online bookstore, where shipping in the US is 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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