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Are You Ready to Learn? Building a solid psychological foundation in equestrian sport.

This post was first published in 2013 and remains as relevant today as it was then or eighteen years ago when I first starting talking about the Pillars of Success and helping riders build a solid psychological foundation for their participation in equestrian sport.  I recently was asked a question about helping riders who crumble […]

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Visualization: The good, the bad and the ugly.

Recently my friend and colleague, Dr. Janet Edgette, had an article published in the Equine Wellness Magazine about dealing with performance anxiety.  I strongly recommend reading the article.  Dr. Edgette was an early mentor of mine and I have always respected her ability to see beyond the mental skills techniques to the underlying individual and […]

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Coming Home

This morning I find myself sitting quietly, soaking in the pre-dawn calm and beauty of Seneca Lake in western New York.  Its been over ten years since my last lake-side vacation and I sit in wonderment at how I feel so at home and at peace in the Finger Lakes.  As I gently whittled away […]

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Why Do You Take Riding Lessons? Don’t You Already Know How To Ride?

Recently, I have been following the reports about David O’Connor’s approach to the USEF Eventing High Performance training sessions.  It got me thinking about coaching and mentorship and how it relates to attitudes about sport psychology.  In every sport, athletes seek out and receive coaching regardless of the their level of accomplishment and their knowledge […]

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