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Daniel Stewart

You've undoubtedly heard the term, "Get in the Zone," but just what is the zone and how in the world do you get there?An important requirement to riding well is staying focused on the present and positive - rather than on the past and problems. The reason "being in the zone" is so important is that this happens automatically when you're in the zone.  
Original Post Date: 03/16/2015 - 09:15   |   Last Updated: 2015:03:16 09:15:39

Mental Multi TaskingFocusing on the positive in the present - instead of problems in the past - is what often separates ordinary rides from the extraordinary ones, and what helps you keep it together when you might otherwise fall apart.
Original Post Date: 02/09/2015 - 08:58   |   Last Updated: 2015:02:09 08:58:14

What's Your Excuse?We all make excuses from time to time. Regardless of the excuse, their purpose is usually to deflect blame away from ourselves after a poor performance or mistake. From the wind and the judge to our horse and the order of go, there's no shortage of things we can find to take the blame for our missteps. Unfortunately, when we deflect blame away from ourselves, we also deflect away any possibility of learning from our mistake.
Original Post Date: 12/17/2014 - 09:04   |   Last Updated: 2014:12:18 08:51:33

Tip of the Month: Let Go of Your Inner CavemanAll of us agree that when we arrive at the barn, we arrive at a place that's more than just fences, paddocks, and arenas... it's our happy place. Unlike other sport venues, our happy place isn't defined by the venue itself, but by the relationship with our trainers, peers, and most importantly, the horses who live there.
Original Post Date: 11/06/2014 - 10:42   |   Last Updated: 2014:11:11 09:40:05

Tip of the MonthThe Science of Happiness
Original Post Date: 06/30/2014 - 08:44   |   Last Updated: 2014:06:30 08:45:40

Become the mentally confident rider who always believes in yourself, gets up instead of gives up and who - when you've reached the end of your rope - ties a knot and hangs on.
Original Post Date: 05/16/2014 - 10:44   |   Last Updated: 2014:05:16 10:46:23

Learning to cope with mistakes, losses, slumps and missed opportunities is a common struggle for many riders. When they occur we must believe that we can handle them - and perhaps even more importantly - improve as a result.
Original Post Date: 03/31/2014 - 10:46   |   Last Updated: 2014:03:31 11:07:05

Tip of the Month Goal Setting... Going for the GOALRiding is a very goal oriented sport, from learning to jump, training a young horse or moving up through the levels, it's an important part of everything we do. Goals help us use our training time efficiently, focus on what's important, find winning strategies, provide feedback and motivate us.  
Original Post Date: 01/13/2014 - 09:47   |   Last Updated: 2014:01:13 09:47:41

Tip of the Month Power Posture for Peak Performance While practice may not always make us perfect, we can all agree that it's probably worth the effort. The good news is that - in the hectic lives of riders - not all practice needs to be physical. In fact, while nothing can replace hard work and dedication in the arena, research has shown that a little mental rehearsal can have a big impact on our riding!  
Original Post Date: 12/31/2013 - 10:04   |   Last Updated: 2013:12:31 10:04:30

Power Posture for Peak Performance While some mental training tools require a bit of time and effort (like goal-setting), this month's tip, Power Postures, can take you from a worrier to a warrior in no time at all... and with very little effort!  
Original Post Date: 11/28/2013 - 18:25   |   Last Updated: 2013:11:28 18:29:03

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