Inside the Showpen: A Competitor’s First Experience with Performing Edge Coaching

I recently had the pleasure of teaming up with up-and-coming cutter Louisa Murch White, who writes a popular blog about her life in the horse business. I love her honest take on competing and its ups and downs. Recently, she applied some of my top Performing Edge tips to her show prep and agreed to Read More…

A Beginner’s Guide to Show Nerves, “With a Western Twist”

I recently teamed up with Louisa Murch-White, owner of the blog “With A Western Twist”. We have started a new series aimed at the realities of horse showing and the horse life. I highly recommend her blog, it’s a real and honest look into the cutting horse world. Our first post is a discussion of Read More…

Mental Toughness for Riders

In my latest article for Of Horse I talk about mental toughness, and how your perspective on disappointment and discouragement lays the framework for future success.  You can read the full article here. Mental toughness is not something you either have or you don’t–it’s a skill that you can build. It requires a realistic, objective look Read More…

Help for Highly-Sensitive Riders

In my latest post on Of Horse I discussed how being a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) can affect your riding. Highly sensitive people have a heightened sensory awareness. They tend to be very sensitive to bright lights and loud sounds, and they can get overloaded with input during chaotic situations. They are also very conscientious, and Read More…

There is No Such Thing as Perfection, Only Perfect Effort

I recently published an article on Of Horse about different ways that top performers use visualizaition. I wanted to share it with you (read it here) and give you some insight into why it’s such a valuable tool for riders. In the article, I talk about 3 ways top performers use visualization. Instead of just imaging Read More…

Handling Setbacks in the Show Arena

It is the nature of competitive sports that things don’t always go our way. When you have a less than stellar day in the show pen, it can be tough to shake off the disappointment and bounce back mentally. Your approach to handling losses and setbacks is important, since it sets the tone for future Read More…

Top 3 Tips for Calming Show-Ring Nerves

Horse show nerves. We all get them, but what do we do about them? Anxiety is the result of the mind-body connection. It usually begins with a thought, which creates a response in your body. You might think about being an hour away from competing in a big finals class, and suddenly your mouth is Read More…

Present Focus: Sports Psychology for Riders

One of the most powerful mental tools in sports psychology is present focus. Present focus means you are completely in the moment, and it’s the key concept behind being “in the zone”. Present focus is a powerful tool for riders. It allows you to fully focus on one task, and it helps to eliminate anticipation Read More…

3 Steps to Visualize a Better Ride

You’ve just finished up another weekend show circuit, and you’re starting wonder if it’s all worth it. We’ve all been there.  This was the weekend you needed to win your class to clinch the year-end award or get your remaining qualifying points. Or maybe it was just the weekend where you felt like everything was Read More…