In the Absence of Twitter’s Beloved @Horse_ebooks, For-Real Horse Books Take Back What’s Theirs

Real horse books are taking back what's theirs!

With the retirement of @Horse_ebooks, REAL horse books are taking back what’s theirs!

 

In September of 2013, the phenomenally popular Twitter account @Horse_ebooks, which had amassed over 200,000 followers with its frequent nonsensical tweets that somehow seemed laden with meaning (although rarely had anything to do with horses), “quit” the Internet. What I’m sure might surprise most real horse people, is not only the number of followers, but the passion they displayed for Horse_ebooks’ non sequiturs and textual mash-ups. Merchandise was sold, copycats proliferated, and when it ended, those who loved it mourned publicly: “Horse_ebooks is over,” they posted. “I can’t deal.”

To sum up a long and convoluted story, @Horse_ebooks at one time belonged to a Russian Web developer who set up the account to drive traffic to his e-book site, e-library.net (where you could indeed purchase books about horses). Two men, Jacob Bakkila and Thomas Bender, acquired the account in 2011 and proceeded to attempt to tweet like a “bot” (those annoying automated programs that deliver spam and sales links via social media—have you noticed how their tweets and posts never make any sense?). The result was what many interpret as a form of “Net art”: Performing as a “spambot,” Bakkila pulled random bits of text from various places, and used these “found objects” to make an often semi-incoherent statement.

What seems mildly unfair about the whole story is the masquerade (albeit a shallow one) as a purveyor or fan of horses and/or horse books and/or horse ebooks! And so, with a nod to those who dreamt up the concept, and an up-front acknowledgment that “I’m no bot,” TSB would like to assure the world that the regular old, for-real horse books (and horse e-books) we publish can provide 140-character-or-less quips that are just as funny, just as meaningful, and just as “art”-worthy. Feel free to print any of these on a t-shirt!

The Riding Horse Repair Manual by Doug Payne: The source of infinite wisdom.

The Riding Horse Repair Manual by Doug Payne: The source of infinite wisdom.

 

Should you happen to feel yourself falling, now is the time  (The Riding Horse Repair Manual)

 

The pocket-size device is…devoid of meaning and absent personal or social relevance.  (Dressage with Mind, Body & Soul)

 

He shines like polished mahogany. The room was quiet.  (Crown Prince)

 

Use the right for delicate work and left for opening jars that have lids stuck.  (Dressage for the Not-So-Perfect Horse)

 

Without awareness and control, your legs fall Plus it does not require equipment.  (The Riding Doctor)

 

I didn’t realize it was windy, and I didn’t know the judge was so mean  (Pressure Proof Your Riding)

 

Fancy would have run me over just a few days ago  (Clinton Anderson’s Downunder Horsemanship)

 

Set the spray interval and duration to fit your fly problem. More and more people are working at home  (Horse Housing)

 

Small and straightforward in case you encounter resistance–see p. 315 for a packing list.  (Modern Eventing with Phillip Dutton)

 

He needs to go on straight lines as well as curves  (The Rider’s Guide to Real Collection)

 

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Pressure Proof Your Riding by Daniel Stewart. In life, who needs excuses?

 

My demands to avoid the work becoming onerous and demoralizing. There was no door or passageway that led to any other room.  (Building a Life Together—You and Your Horse)

 

Look sleepy, or bored, or both. We sort of know what we want. (The Alchemy of Lightness)

 

Your dollar will fly away, and you’re out!  (Games for Kids on Horseback)

 

Left front, right front, left front, right front, STOP. Like a well-oiled hinge.  (3-Minute Horsemanship)

 

Patience is always more productive than punishment, Always go a little ways past home  (Good Horse, Bad Habits)

 

In such groups, there are rarely big battles for “top spot” on the phone, make small talk  (Know You, Know Your Horse)

 

Just kidding. We’ve had enough caffeine for one day.  (Riding Barranca)

 

WILLING SUBMISSION IS NOT WHAT IT SHOULD BE.  (Dressage Solutions)

 

But then his whole world suddenly collapses. Everything goes smoothly.  (Lorenzo: The Flying Frenchman)

 

Nature, Nurture and Horses by Paul Belasik. Find YOUR path!

Nature, Nurture and Horses by Paul Belasik. Find YOUR path!

 

Never design a course with a TURN out of a COMBINATION!!  (Jump Course Design Manual)

 

With the Monkey and Reverse Monkey, you have learned how.  (Centered Riding 2)

 

You cannot feel the ball because it is deep inside the socket. (40 5-Minute Jumping Fixes)

 

The small misdemeanors, and the big ones will go away.  (The Horse Agility Handbook)

 

NOW you are off on a tangent to your intended curved line! (Nature, Nurture and Horses)

 

Opinions vary as to the effectiveness of elastic  (Suffering in Silence)

 

Captured accidentally! Leaning his rear end on a bucket! (Where Does My Horse Hurt?)

 

You have a better chance of being bitten by the roping bug in the West.  (The Smart Woman’s Guide to Midlife Horses)

 

You can read these, and many other brilliant and meaningful turns of phrase in the horse books available from the TSB online bookstore.

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Come See TSB at the 2013 Equine Affaire in Springfield, MA, November 7-10: Author Signings, Great Deals, and a Chance to Win $300 in Books and DVDs!

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It’s that time of year again! The 2013 Equine Affaire in Springfield, Massachusetts, kicks off on Thursday, November 7 and runs through Sunday November 10—and TSB will be there!

Stop by our booth #846-847 in the Better Living Center for free goodies and great deals on our bestselling books and DVDs from the top riders, trainers, and equine experts in the world. Plus, sign up for a chance to win $300 worth of books and DVDs, including some of our newest and most popular titles!

You’ll also have opportunities to meet authors and have books personalized and autographed. Come by the TSB booth on Saturday, November 9, at the following times:

10:00 am

Meet Daniel Stewart, riding coach, sport psychologist, and author of the all-new PRESSURE PROOF YOUR RIDING.

12:00 pm

Meet Phillip Dutton, international eventing star, five-time Olympian, and author of MODERN EVENTING WITH PHILLIP DUTTON.

11:15 am / 2:15 pm

Meet Dr. Allan Hamilton, brain surgeon, horse trainer, and author of ZEN MIND, ZEN HORSE.

We’ll have new books and DVDs that have JUST arrived in our warehouse, plus our popular SALE BINS with unbeatable deals—shop early for the best selection!

And as another show special, TSB author Jochen Schleese will have a limited number of pre-release copies of his forthcoming book SUFFERING IN SILENCE at the Schleese Saddlery/Saddlefit4Life booth #649-650.

We look forward to seeing you at EA in Springfield!

10 Great Quotes from Top Riders, Trainers, and Horsemen

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Sometimes we make a real change in our habits, our lifestyle, the way we think or act, just because we heard someone say something or read a few lines somewhere that stuck with us. Whether four words or twenty-four, whether plain-spoken or clever, the best lessons from the best teachers fall like rain in monsoon season—at predictable times, sometimes pleasantly and gently, while others in a soaking deluge.

The horse world is filled with great teachers—those who are wordsmiths and those who cut to the chase; those who nurture and those who suffer no fools—and perhaps our most important lesson is that we can learn something from all of them.

Here are 10 great quotes from some of the amazingly talented, motivated, and successful riders, trainers, and equine experts who TSB is lucky to call their authors—a little something to do on a rainy day.

1  PHILLIP DUTTON, 12-Time USEA Leading Rider of the Year and 5-Time Olympian with Two Gold Medals

“The general thought now is, or should be, that there is always another day! The rider should understand that sometimes, more training for your horse is necessary, and retiring [pulling up/changing a lesson] before more damage is done is a much better course of action than pushing your and your horse’s limits.”

From MODERN EVENTING WITH PHILLIP DUTTON

2  LINDA TELLINGTON-JONES, Founder of the Tellington Method Approach to Training and Communicating

“I feel strongly that the tenets of classical riding are imperative and pure, and there is no moving forward without conscientious attention paid to all that has been learned and proven in horsemanship’s past. However, move forward we must, with the intent of achieving something better in the decades ahead and a common goal of alleviating the prevalence of pain, anxiety, and depression in the wonderful, talented sport horses with whom we are so lucky to pursue our dreams.”

From DRESSAGE WITH MIND, BODY & SOUL

3  BUCK BRANNAMAN, Renowned Horseman and Clinician

“Working horses is a little like being married. Sometimes you need to adjust and change your plan.”

From 7 CLINICS WITH BUCK BRANNAMAN

4  DOUGLAS PUTERBAUGH, Dressage Trainer and Clinician

“Centered riders understand the harmonious relationship between knowledge and achievement. They’re active participants in their own education, reading the writings of the masters, observing other riders, and seizing opportunities to train with someone good.”

From THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS OF DRESSAGE

5  CLINTON ANDERSON, Internationally Recognized Horseman and Clinician

“Horsemanship should be fun. By learning how to control your horse in any situation, your confidence will greatly increase. When you’re confident, you can relax and enjoy your partnership.”

From PHILOSOPHY

6  DENNY EMERSON, USEA Hall of Fame Inductee and “One of the 50 Most Influential Horseman of the 20th Century”

“The only thing that each of us can guarantee is that we are prepared to take advantage of opportunities if they happen to come our way. Even when opportunity doesn’t drop out of the sky into our lap, we still need to be ready. In other words, the preparedness part is up to us.”

From HOW GOOD RIDERS GET GOOD

7  KERRY THOMAS, Pioneering Researcher in Equine Athletic Psychology and Founder of the Thomas Herding Technique

“As equine caretakers, it is our responsibility to understand how the domestic environment affects the horse on all levels—physical and mental. As a social animal, the horse depends on daily interaction for mental growth. Striking a balance between the physical environment and the emotional requirement of the horse to survive within that environment is essential.”

From HORSE PROFILING

8 PAUL BELASIK, Rider, Trainer, Author, and Proponent of Classical Equestrian Ideals

“You can watch wild horses for a whole day and nothing astounding may happen. They graze, they drink, they seem to meander without obvious direction. It is all subtlety….When we do it right, there won’t be much drama. You learn to increase your attention and you train your mind to let more information to you….You learn to have more patience, you learn to watch, and you learn to let it come to you. To train horses well you have to learn to observe subtleties.”

From NATURE, NURTURE AND HORSES

9  SEAN PATRICK, Horseman and Clinician

“Never assume a horse remembers anything from one day to the next. Check his responses and use previous lessons as warm-up exercises before trying to advance to something new.”

From THE MODERN HORSEMAN’S COUNTDOWN TO BROKE

10 FREDERIC PIGNON and MAGALI DELGADO, Renowned Trainers and the Original Stars of Cavalia

“We all make mistakes and by doing so we discover something about our limitations, but if someone or some horse suffers from these mistakes, then we must do our utmost not to repeat them. May every rider strive for a better connection with his or her horse by observation, closer understanding, and patient groundwork. It matters not what discipline is pursued, only that there be a perfectly balanced union between the two—man and horse—so the two become one.”

From GALLOP TO FREEDOM

All these books and DVDs, and many more, are available from the TSB online bookstore.

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Two FREE Jumping Exercises from Phillip Dutton: Practice Straightness, Holding a Line, and Adjustability

Tonight (Wednesday, June 12, 2013) from 8:00 to 9:00 pm EST, Practical Horseman magazine and Cosequin are presenting a FREE webinar with 12-time USEA Leading Rider of the Year and 5-time Olympian Phillip Dutton. The webinar will focus on how to be a successful eventer at any level, based on Phillip’s new book MODERN EVENTING WITH PHILLIP DUTTON…and there’s still time to sign up!

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR THE FREE WEBINAR WITH PHILLIP DUTTON

Phillip Dutton signing copies of his new book at a special event.

Phillip Dutton signing copies of his new book at a special event.

Phillip’s been having a great eventing season so far, and finding time between schooling and competing to sign a few books! Watch for your opportunity to meet Phillip and get a personally signed copy of his book at an event or tack store near you. (Bit of Britain is hosting a Virtual Book Signing for the rest of the month of June—check it out HERE.)

If you’re looking for new schooling exercises to improve your and your horse’s jumping, you’ll find some great ideas in MODERN EVENTING WITH PHILLIP DUTTON. Phillip includes 11 of his personal exercises—the ones he uses to train and teach his horses and students in preparation for show jumping rounds and cross-country. Here’s a couple to try this week:

Jumping Exercise A

Phillip says:

To practice straightness and holding a line to a narrow-faced jump, I like to use the following exercise:

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– In the line of offset verticals, there should be an overlap, or “eye,” of about 2 to 3 feet for the horse to jump through.

– To work on being able to ride forward through a turn, the 20-yard bending line can be ridden in a forward four strides. This can also be a waiting five or six strides.

Distances:

22 feet = one stride

20 yards bending = forward four or “waiting” five or six strides

Jumping Exercise B

Phillip says:

For practicing adjustability in the horse’s stride, I like to set up this line that can be jumped straight through or on a bending line to a bending line:

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– The bending line can be four or five strides, while the direct line will be three strides between fences. The 8 yards to 23 yards is a long one-stride to a steady five strides. On a forward canter, once you are through the one-stride, compress the horse for the short five strides.

– Going the other direction, it’s a steady five to a forward one-stride. Approach on a short canter, then once you’re on the fifth stride push forward for the one-stride.

Distances:

8 yards = one stride

18 bending yards = four or five strides

23 yards = five strides

ModEventwPhilDut-300MODERN EVENTING WITH PHILLIP DUTTON is available from the TSB online bookstore.

CLICK HERE TO ORDER NOW

Phillip Dutton Has LOTS to Celebrate: A Successful Weekend at the Spring Virginia Horse Trials and the Release of His New Book!

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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:

What they’re saying about MODERN EVENTING WITH PHILLIP DUTTON:

“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

CLICK HERE TO ORDER NOW

Rolex Kentucky “Begins” at 3 p.m.! Dos and Donts of the Wednesday Jog–Tips from Phillip Dutton

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Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event unofficially begins Wednesday with the first jog or horse inspection, scheduled at 3:00 p.m EST. At all Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) sanctioned events, the veterinary delegate and the ground jury evaluate each competing horse twice–once prior to the competition (Wednesday) and once prior to the show jumping phase (the third and final phase)–to ensure he is fit to compete (Sunday).

“During the (first veterinary) exam the horse is identified according to its passport, its vaccination status is verified, and it is established that the horse does not have apparent contagious or infectious disease,” explained Lisa Crump, DVM, associate veterinarian for the 2012 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, in TheHorse.com Article #29022. “The baseline health is evaluated by a physical examination, including listening to heart and lungs, palpating limbs to investigate abnormalities, and (making) general observations.”

In addition to the practical matters of fitness and soundness, and particularly when the public is admitted to the jog, horse appearance and “trot-up outfits” (the rider’s attire) are of importance. In the following excerpt from MODERN EVENTING WITH PHILLIP DUTTON, Phillip’s former “Head Girl” Emma Ford shares her secrets to a successful jog, and Phillip provides a rundown on basic attire Dos and Donts.

Sign up to WIN THIS! Stop by the Cosequin booth in the Sponsor Village at Rolex Kentucky!

Sign up to WIN THIS! Stop by the Cosequin booth in the Sponsor Village at Rolex Kentucky!

A limited number of copies of MODERN EVENTING WITH PHILLIP DUTTON will be available for purchase and signing at Rolex Kentucky. CLICK HERE to read more about the special events planned for the weekend, and be sure to stop by the Cosequin booth in the Sponsor Village to find out the exact times for book signings and your chance to win great prizes, including a Gift Bucket full of Cosequin products, plus a copy of MODERN EVENTING WITH PHILLIP DUTTON and a $50 gift certificate to spend on books and DVDs at the TSB online bookstore (www.HorseandRiderBooks.com).

PREP FOR THE JOG

from MODERN EVENTING WITH PHILLIP DUTTON by Phillip Dutton with Amber Heintzberger

Out of respect for the judges (and because sometimes they offer great prizes for the best turned-out horse and rider), both should be immaculately turned out for the presentation to the Ground Jury. Below is a step-by-step description of how Phillip Dutton’s former “Head Girl” Emma Ford prepares each horse for the jog:

For the Wednesday jog Phillip normally rides the horse in the morning and then jogs him by hand to make sure that he is sound.

  • I give each horse a full bath including twice cleaning any white socks.
  • After the bath I use Cowboy Magic Super Bodyshine™ (CHARMAR ®) and spray it all over the horse and rub it in with a towel. It doesn’t make the coat slippery.
  • I put some detangler in the tail then put a tail wrap on while the tail is still wet; this remains on until just before Phillip jogs him out.
  • I braid the horse, increasing the number of braids from the 12–15 that I normally put in for a Horse Trials competition to 14–18 in for the jog. This lengthens the appearance of the horse’s neck—for aesthetic purposes.
  • Once the horse is ready I make sure the jog bridle is spotless and use metal polish to bring buckles to a shine.
  • Phillip likes to have the horse walking about 20 to 30 minutes prior to his jog time, so 30 minutes before that I bring him out of his stall, brush him off, rub him over with a towel, put Afro-Sheen™ (Johnson Products) in the tail and make sure the tail wrap is still in place.
  • I put baby oil on the skin around the eyes and muzzle.
  • For chestnuts, bays and black horses, I rub baby oil into my hands and run it down the crest of their neck and their legs to pick up any dust that might have accumulated.
  • I pick out the feet.
  • I use hoof oil on the walls and soles.
  • I add quarter markers to the hindquarters.
  • I like to put boots on prior to the jog to prevent any silly accidents that might prevent the horse from jogging up sound.
  • Then, I put the bridle on, and he’s ready for Phillip. (If you’re riding and by yourself, get the horse ready, then get dressed before you put the bridle on.)
  • Be aware of the weather; when it’s on the cool side, ensure the horse is warm while you are waiting so his muscles don’t tighten up.

Fashion Dos and Don’ts from Phillip:

Clean and conservative is always appropriate for the horse inspection. Photo by Amber Heintzberger from MODERN EVENTING WITH PHILLIP DUTTON (www.HorseandRiderBooks.com).

Clean and conservative is always appropriate for the horse inspection. Photo by Amber Heintzberger from MODERN EVENTING WITH PHILLIP DUTTON (www.HorseandRiderBooks.com).

It is important to wear something comfortable enough to jog in, which will not distract you or the ground jury from the main focus: your horse. Men are safe wearing khaki pants and a sport coat, adding a touch of style with an accessory like a hat or cowboy boots. Women can be a little more daring with skirts or dresses and fancy shoes, but a flapping mini skirt or tottering heels is unprofessional and distracting. Keep your style classic and simple for the best results, especially when it comes to footwear. Unless you are really comfortable jogging along next to a thousand pounds of horseflesh while wearing 3-inch heels, opt for something a little more practical.

DO

  • Wear pants that fit well. It may be worth hiring a tailor to get the right length and cut.
  • Coordinate your outfit to complement your horse. This is your chance to highlight your assets—take advantage of the opportunity.
  • Polish your shoes. You polish your riding boots, you polish your horse’s hooves, so take the time to polish your “jog” shoes, as well. Whether they are old paddock boots or Italian dress shoes, make sure they are clean and shiny.
  • Wear something that you like that flatters your body type. Fashion trends come and go, but nothing compares to feeling your best in whatever clothes you wear. If you like to take fashion risks, feel free to express yourself within reason, but if your style is more conservative, that’s fine, too.

DON’T

  • Wear clogs. Sprawling head over heels as you twist an ankle in these barn favorites will not earn favor with the ground jury.
  • Wear a skirt shorter than knee length. It should be of a heavy enough fabric that it does not flap around.
  • Wear a big floppy hat without securing it to your head.
  • Dress as if you are going out clubbing or to a dance party.
  • Wear anything with stains on it. Yes, it’s hard to stay clean when you are working with horses. Wear something over your nice clothes to keep them clean while you are getting ready, or have someone help you with your horse.

ModEventwPhilDutwebRead another FREE EXCERPT from MODERN EVENTING WITH PHILLIP DUTTON by CLICKING HERE.

Look for the Free Chapter Download link in red! And don’t forget to preorder your copy. Books ship at the end of May, 2013.

Click the image above to see photos (and "outfits"!) from the first horse inspection at the 2012 Rolex Kentucky on Eventing Nation.

Click the image above to see photos (and “outfits”!) from the first horse inspection at the 2012 Rolex Kentucky on Eventing Nation.

Hot New TSB Books Featured in May 2013 Issues of DRESSAGE TODAY and PRACTICAL HORSEMAN

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Trafalgar Square Books is thrilled to have two new books by two amazing contributors to the equestrian world featured in the May 2013 issues of Dressage Today and Practical Horseman magazines.

Check out the feature excerpt from Linda Tellington-Jones’ new book DRESSAGE WITH MIND, BODY & SOUL in DT. Linda explains some of her training revelations, insights concerning horse behavior, and fresh ways of looking at the Classical Training Scale.

“Foremost in Linda’s technique is the idea of trust,” says Ingrid Klimke in her foreword for DRESSAGE WITH MIND, BODY & SOUL, “inspiring trust in the horse, nurturing that trust, and helping it evolve into a base so strong that your riding partnership can withstand all manner of challenges from without and within.”

You can download a free excerpt from Linda’s new book from the TSB online bookstore (CLICK HERE), and be sure to pick up a copy of the May issue of Dressage Today!

Practical Horseman’s special eventing issue sports a great photo of TSB author Phillip Dutton on the cover, and inside you’ll find an excerpt from the forthcoming book MODERN EVENTING WITH PHILLIP DUTTON. A limited number of pre-release copies of Phillip’s new book will be available at Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event (CLICK HERE to read more about this).

“For a very quiet and humble person, Phillip Dutton has had an enormous impact on producing the best event riders in America, without question,” says US Eventing Team member Boyd Martin in his introduction to MODERN EVENTING WITH PHILLIP DUTTON. “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. No one has matched in American history the number of advanced horses produced by Phillip and no one has come close to his record of USEA Rider of the Year twelve times.”

You can download an additional excerpt from MODERN EVENTING WITH PHILLIP DUTTON from the TSB online bookstore (CLICK HERE).

TSB is proud of its authors and their fabulous new features in these two top equestrian magazines. Pick up your copies of DT and PH wherever quality magazines are sold.

Pre-Release Copies of Phillip Dutton’s New Book Available at Rolex Kentucky 2013!

A limited number of pre-release copies of Phillip Dutton's new book will be available at Rolex Kentucky!

A limited number of pre-release copies of Phillip Dutton’s new book will be available at Rolex Kentucky!

TSB is revving up for a weekend of special giveaways and opportunities to meet Phillip Dutton—12-time USEA Leading Rider of the Year and 5-time Olympian with 2 gold medals—at the 2013 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event April 25 through 28 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky.

We’re celebrating the publication of the new book MODERN EVENTING WITH PHILLIP DUTTON by Phillip Dutton with Amber Heintzberger. This fabulously illustrated book is the twenty-first-century rider’s go-to guide for everything you need to know about the sport of eventing, with recommendations for training, conditioning, and competing in all three phases: dressage, cross-country, and show jumping.

A limited number of pre-release copies of this incredible new reference will be available at Rolex Kentucky for purchase and signing by Phillip during special appearances. If you’re going to Rolex, be sure to make one of these special pre-release copies your own!

Copies of MODERN EVENTING WITH PHILLIP DUTTON can be bought at the Practical Horseman booth and at Bit of Britain, both located in the Sponsor Village at the Horse Park. Book signings and opportunities to meet Phillip will happen at the Cosequin® booth, also in the Sponsor Village.

Phillip Dutton on Connaught, on their way to winning Rolex Kentucky in 2008.

Phillip Dutton on Connaught, on their way to winning Rolex Kentucky in 2008.

Stop by the Cosequin booth for exact times of Phillip’s appearances, as well as for your chance to sign up for a daily prize drawing to win a selection of TSB books and gift certificates to use at our online bookstore www.HorseandRiderBooks.com. In addition, there will be a Grand Prize drawing at the end of the event for the popular Cosequin bucket full of products, including a copy of MODERN EVENTING WITH PHILLIP DUTTON and a $50 gift certificate to spend at www.HorseandRiderBooks.com.

Phillip Dutton has competed at Rolex Kentucky, the pinnacle of eventing in the United States and one of only six annual Four-Star events in the world, numerous times over the course of his career, winning the event in 2008 on Connaught. We’re excited for this year’s competition and wish all the riders and horses the best of luck.

MODERN EVENTING WITH PHILLIP DUTTON is currently available for pre-order from the TSB online bookstore (www.HorseandRiderBooks.com). Pre-ordered books will ship after the book’s official release at the end of May.

CLICK HERE TO ORDER NOW

New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Receives Support from the “Painting Racehorse”–Watch the TODAY SHOW on April 9th to Hear the Story!

New Vocations Racehorse Adoption has a new "champion"! Metro Meteor, the Painting Racehorse, will be on the TODAY SHOW April 4, 2013. Tune in and check it out!

New Vocations Racehorse Adoption has a new “champion”! Metro Meteor, the Painting Racehorse, will be on the TODAY SHOW April 9, 2013. Tune in and check it out!

New Vocations Racehorse Adoption was founded in 1992 to offer retiring racehorses a safe-haven, rehabilitation, and continued education through placement in experienced, caring homes.  The New Vocations focus is on adoption versus retirement, believing that each horse deserves to have an individual home and purpose. Close to 4,000 retired Thoroughbreds and Standardbreds have been placed in qualified homes through New Vocations’ efforts since its inception, including 429 ex-racehorses that were placed in 2011. These horses have come from 18 different states and have been adopted by families throughout the country.

New Vocations Program Director Anna Ford expanded the organization’s reach when she wrote BEYOND THE TRACK: RETRAINING THE THOROUGHBRED FROM RACEHORSE TO RIDING HORSE, alongside cowriter Amber Heintzberger. Their marvelous book provides the most thorough, clear, step-by-step system for successfully transitioning ex-racehorses to new careers, providing thousands of horses (and their lucky owners) the opportunity to enjoy each other in both recreation and sport. In addition, a portion of the proceeds of the sale of each book goes to support the New Vocations program.

Now New Vocations has a rising star in the art world on its side: Metro Meteor, a contemporary artist who, while you may not have heard of him yet, is about to break into the big time when he appears on the TODAY SHOW, April 9, 2013.

Although he has only recently been recognized for his artistic eye, there is already a waiting list for Metro Meteor’s abstract paintings…and 50% of the proceeds from all sales go directly to New Vocations! Why does this emerging artist choose to champion the cause of racehorse adoption? Well, because (of course) he started his life on the track (did I forget to mention he’s a HORSE?)

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Metro won his first race and placed in his first stakes race as a two-year-old. Running turf races out of Saratoga and Belmont, Metro won eight races and $300,000 in purse money. But he was prone to bone chips in his knees and underwent two surgeries during his racing career before his knee issues led him to only racing in low-level claiming races. Luckily, the manager of the racing partnership that owned him retired the horse and put out a call for a good home—and Ron and Wendy Krajewski took him, hoping for a trail horse.

It wasn’t long, even with only light work, before Metro’s veterinary prognosis indicated he needed to be retired completely from work. Ron’s bond with the horse inspired him to find other ways they could spend time together, including groundwork and…painting! Ron is a painter by trade, and using clicker training concepts, he taught Metro to target and “swipe” a canvas with a brush. Ron chooses the colors, but the layering, texture, and form is all Metro.

On a whim Ron offered a few of Metro’s pieces for sale through a local gallery, and they were a hit. He decided to continue marketing Metro’s work with half of the proceeds going toward paying his ex-racehorses expenses and veterinary bills, and the other half donated to help fund New Vocations and their mission to find other “Metros” new careers…and unexpected ways to share time and space with humans.

When Ron contacted New Vocations to explain what he wanted to do, Executive Director Dot Morgan was amazed and excited. “It was an interesting email that became downright inspiring!” she says. “Ron described his adopted Thoroughbred Metro Meteor, how he’d taught him to paint, and that he wanted to commit part of the proceeds to New Vocations. But then he went on to say that six paintings had sold the first week and he was sending 50% of those sales to New Vocations! In addition, an article about Metro’s mission had appeared in the Gettysburg Times and just been picked up by the Associated Press!

“He included a link to a video of Metro painting in his stable studio,” Dot continues. “I watched the video and was astounded! This was potentially one of the greatest awareness building stories I’d ever seen. It was obvious that Metro’s ability to help horses beyond the track would far exceed his numerous accolades at the track. Here was the high profile spokesman that racehorses needed, and it was one of their own!”

You can watch Metro and Ron painting here:

And don’t forget to tune in and watch Metro Meteor’s story on the TODAY SHOW, April 9, 2013.

BETHTRBEYOND THE TRACK, a book that was called “breakthrough racehorse literature” by Liz Harris of Thoroughbred Charities of America, is available from the TSB online bookstore.

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Amber Heintzberger, cowriter of BEYOND THE TRACK, has a new book coming out—again featuring off-the-track Thoroughbreds! You can preorder MODERN EVENTING WITH PHILLIP DUTTON by CLICKING HERE.

And, our new Brookmeade Young Riders fiction series follows the adventures of Sarah Wagner and her off-the-track racehorse Crown Prince. You can order the first two books in the series Practical Horseman called appealing “not only to young beginner riders but also to older and more seasoned horse lovers” by CLICKING HERE.

TSB Celebrates All the Moms Out There and All the Things They Do Best–Write, Ride, Create, Photograph, Cook, Hug, and Love…Just for Starters!

This Mother’s Day, Trafalgar Square Books wants to take the opportunity to give a nod of recognition to all the hard-working moms out there, and particularly to the ones who have provided the books and DVDs from which the rest of us have had the opportunity to learn. A number of our authors are professional riders, trainers, veterinarians, writers, photographers, and filmmakers, in ADDITION to being “Mom.” That’s the remarkable thing about these women…they find a way to balance careers, relationships, child-rearing, with their own hobbies and passions. We admire them, and we thank them.

We had hoped to feature a photo of each of our authors and writers who are also mothers, but the funny thing is, when we contacted many of them and asked for a picture to share with our readers this Mother’s Day, many responded with a, “I’m NEVER in the pictures!” or “I’m always the one TAKING the pictures!” or “I haven’t been in a picture with my kids since they were babies!”

So a call to all partners and relatives out there: THIS MOTHER’S DAY, TAKE PICTURES OF THE MOTHERS YOU KNOW WITH THEIR KIDS!

In the meantime, join us in celebrating Mother’s Day by CLICKING HERE to see our specials at the TSB online bookstore, where shipping in the US is always FREE. Enter the coupon code MOM20 at checkout to receive 20% off your entire order! (Cannot be combined with other offers and expires 5-17-12.)

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