Preparation for the ring with top professional Maggie Jayne of Our Day Farm

Preparation for the ring with top professional Maggie Jayne of Our Day Farm

“This month’s “Inside Your Ride” with mental skills coach Tonya Johnston, Tonya talks about mental skills and preparation for the ring with top professional Maggie Jayne of Our Day Farm; shares one of her favorite pre-competition dress rehearsal anecdotes and discusses how you can use pre-show dress rehearsal too; and answers a listener question about mental toughness in the warm-up ring. Listen in…”

Practical Horseman Column: Fun as a Key to Success

Practical Horseman Column: Fun as a Key to Success

How to enjoy and succeed during the big moments

” … their desire to actually relish and enjoy the experience of finals was also quite significant in the biggest equitation victories of their careers.”

Last year, TJ O’Mara and Hunter Holloway-Schuknecht each won two national finals in their last year of eligibility as junior riders. Learn more from these riders about how having fun can improve your ride.  Click here to read the column >>

Plaidcast 22 by Epona Exchange – Inside Your Ride with Bernie Traurig

Plaidcast 22 by Epona Exchange – Inside Your Ride with Bernie Traurig

So excited to share this podcast episode!!

Iconic horseman Bernie Traurig and I discuss his take on the importance of preparation and the most valuable mental skill –> as well as how he used it in his own riding career and encourages riders to use it today.

Taylor St Jacques shares some the mental preparation and strategies she used to go an amazing 5-for-5 in the equitation at Devon last week! ????

And I respond to a listener question about how to focus when you hear someone else’s scores as you head into the show ring. (more…)

Plaidcast 13 by Epona Exchange – Inside Your Ride with Hope Glynn

Plaidcast 13 by Epona Exchange – Inside Your Ride with Hope Glynn

True athletes have a deep motivation to learn, develop and grow throughout their careers. Hope Glynn talks here about triathlons and what she has learned through her experiences in a new sport:

“You get a real strong sense of accomplishment when you have overcome something that is scary and difficult. And scary and difficult may be the long stirrup to one person and the AO hunters to another. I can promise you that the first triathlon that I did was the short stirrup triathlon if they had a name for it… I told someone I was so happy to just to have finished it — which was so different from my other sport!” (more…)

The Plaidcast 2 – Inside Your Ride with John French and Kristin Keim

The Plaidcast 2 – Inside Your Ride with John French and Kristin Keim

So excited to share my first Inside Your Ride podcast episode… – John French talks about what he does to get himself into the right mindset before a big class, how every rider has their own zone, what he does to challenge himself, and how to handle pressure. – Kristin Keim and I discuss my favorite meditation app Headspace and the importance of mindfulness training for athletes. – I answer a listener question about how you can tell the difference between nerves and excitement. So grateful to my awesome guests and everyone at Horse Radio Network and the Plaid Horse who helped make this episode so much fun to do! Looking forward to many more podcasts as part of the Plaidcast.

Plaid Horse presents the first “Inside Your Ride” with mental skills coach Tonya Johnston.  Tonya speaks about the mental game with top Hunter Rider John French, speaks with Dr. Kristin Keim about mindfulness and her app “Headspace”.  Plus, Tonya answers listener questions on the mental side of riding.  Listen in… (more…)