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Last but not least in our FOMO Real Riders 2024 introductions we have Iona Oloughlin Iona has been riding in her FOMO FAZE body protector for two seasons and can be spotted in the beautiful Feel Taupe on her superstar horse, Prince. A massive advocate for the brand after previously having a severe fall where she, unfortunately, suffered a horrendous punctured lung, Iona was delighted to finally find a body protector that she didn’t hate! Always keeping us up to date with fab action-packed videos we are delighted to have Iona on board as our youngest ‘Real Rider’. What's your go-to pre or post-comp snack? My pre-comp snack is typically a breakfast bar or food drink, and my post-comp snack is over-priced cheesy chips!!  Describe your perfect horsey day. My perfect horsey day would be to go for a gallop along the beach with my pals, then take the horses into the sea for a swim followed by beach BBQ!  If your horse could talk, what would it say about you? If Prince could talk he would probably say that I don’t let him go fast enough xc and that I am to much of a micromanager!  What's the most memorable place you've ever ridden? I haven’t ridden at any big top events, but Hopetoun horse trials will always have the best memories and firsts! It was my first BE, my first clear showjumping, my first 20 out XC and my first time going wrong in the dressage! Not all I deal for a finishing score but I have learned the most at Hopetoun! (It was also where I bought my FOMO FAZE!) Name one riding gear item you can't live without (besides your body protector!) A piece of riding gear I couldn’t live without would probably be my Loxley by Bliss jumping saddle as I think I’d be well and truly LOST without it!  What's your horse's funniest habit? Prince's funniest habit is once he has his girth done up and I’m about to do his bridle he stretches out his front legs for me, I did teach him how to do it, and now does it for attention in the field or while I’m leading! He can also do it mounted which shocked my mum when he first did it!  If you could ride any horse from history or fiction, who would it be? If I could ride any horse I would love to ride Ros Canter’s LORDSHIPS GRAFFALO. What's the best piece of riding advice you've ever received? The best piece of riding advice I’ve ever been given is, don’t chase a stride, one will come to you, so keep at the movement not in front or behind the natural movement. How do you stay motivated during tough training sessions? During tough training sessions to keep motivated, I reflect on how far I have come and realise I am progressing. Although it is difficult I try not to compare myself to others, especially with having access to different resources! Another thing that helps me is reflecting on past sessions, what made them so great or not so good, and building up from there and looking forward to the longer warmer eventing days keep my spirits and motivation high!  Who's your equestrian hero and why? Bubby Upton is my equestrian hero because she shows a phenomenal amount of dedication and determination towards eventing, especially after her accident 8 months ago leaving her unknown if she could ride again. So for her to come out and ride how she did in this year's Badminton Horse Trials was truly inspiring! ...

Next up is Sophie McDearmid who is a full-time event rider and coach based in the North East of England. Sophie has Elhers-Danlos syndrome which means her body is a bit more fragile than most. Sophie has a gastric pacemaker and feeding tube on her stomach that means getting a body protector to fit and be comfortable can be a challenge. Sophie has been riding in her FOMO FAZE body protector for a while now after buying from stockist Tick Tack at Hopetoun Horse Trials last year and has several horses from grassroots to 2* level. We got to know Sophie a bit better with some quickfire questions below...

Introducing our FOMO Real Riders for 2024. Jemma Buchan had a horrific accident on the road in March 2022 where she fractured two vertebrae on her back. After months of not being able to lift her daughter into her car seat, Jemma vowed to do everything within her control to try to prevent that from happening again. Jemma had heard about FOMO and our research and evidence-based product development for enhanced safety. Jemma now uses her FOMO FAZE every day for every discipline and activity from beach rides, to backing and showing. What's your go-to pre or post-comp snack? This is an easy one...

Introducing our FOMO Real Riders for 2024. First up we have Danielle Magner who is a 23yo Irish Event Rider who is based at Hillcrest Sport Horses in County Limerick where she also learned to ride as a young child. Danielle will be competing several of the Hillcrest horses this year from 4yo to 3*! So we had some quick fire questions for Danielle to get to know her a bit better...

The anticipation is palpable as the eventing season calendar is now live and the countdown is on. If you haven't already started, now is the perfect time to kick off your horse's fitness plan, ensuring they are in prime condition for the upcoming events. The following 12-week fitness programme is designed to transition your horse from a winter break to their first event of the year. Please note that this plan assumes your horse has not been turned away due to injury; consult your vet for a tailored program if that's the case. Week 1-3: Coming Back from a Break Week 1: Begin with around 30 minutes of roadwork walking each day. Week 2: Increase walking time to 45 minutes on the road daily. Week 3: Progress to 60 minutes of walking on the road, incorporating more hills. Note: If your horse has been in light work post-season or engaged in other activities, you can join the program at this stage. Week 4-6: Building Up the Pace Week 4: Introduce short spells of trotting (two minutes at a time) during hacks on suitable surfaces. Week 5: Extend trotting time and incorporate more varied terrain. Introduce 20 minutes of flatwork during a 60-minute hack. Week 6: Start a rotated exercise program including hacking, hill work, flatwork, and some jumping. Week 7-8: Adding Intensity Week 7: Increase hill work and slow cantering. Week 8: Introduce more jump training and extend slow canters to three or four minutes on varied ground. Note: If your horse has been in regular work in other disciplines, such as hunting or showjumping, you can join the program at Week 8. Week 9-11: Discipline-Specific Training Week 9: Introduce faster work and stronger canters on a slight incline. Include a dressage or small jumping show. Week 10: Cross-country schooling with a focus on discipline-specific training. Maintain cantering and hill work. Week 11: Varied week including hill work, strong canters, discipline-specific training, and relaxing hacking. Week 12: Preparing for Competition Week 12: Your horse should be ready to compete. Listen to your horse and adjust your riding accordingly. Expect heightened adrenaline during the first event; use it to settle them into work for the season ahead. By following this structured 12-week plan, you'll ensure that your equine partner is not only physically prepared but also mentally ready for the exhilarating challenges of the eventing season. Happy eventing!...

Research conducted by Riders Minds, has revealed that 76% of equestrians have been bullied, with a further 85% saying that they have witnessed bullying within the industry. Of those equestrians who have been bullied a staggering 77% felt unable to speak out. The shocking survey results have been released in conjunction with Anti-Bullying Week, with this year’s theme being ‘Make a Noise About Bullying’. Victoria Wright, Founder and Chair of Riders Minds said, “The results of the recent survey are staggering, to see around 80% of people have experienced or witnessed bullying within an equestrian-related environment is a bitter pill for the industry to swallow. With the launch of our anti-bullying campaign, we hope to target the issues physically or over the internet, by creating a movement that the industry can follow. In response to people needing mental health support more than ever, Riders Minds has extended the services that we provide with instant online counselling support, one-to-one sessions, new self-help content online and the continuation of our 24/7 helpline. We are proud to be one of the few mental health charities to be able to offer this service.” Mental Health Coach and Riders Minds Consultant, Sylvia Bruce said, “The effect of bullying on mental health is more far-reaching than many realise. It’s not only the direct effect on the bullied who can experience emotional, physical, physiological, thoughts and behavioural change, often with devastating effects including suicide, but also the ripple effect on those loved ones supporting the person being bullied, the witnesses, those handling bullying cases, and even the equines if the bullied person’s behaviour and responses change. We must come together - bullying has no place in equestrianism.” In response to the statistics, Riders Minds has launched a bullying resource on the website with information detailing what bullying is, advice on what to do if you are being bullied, or are witnessing bullying, and support for those affected. To find out more about Riders Minds and to access the live chat go to https://ridersminds.org/. If you would like to talk to someone call the helpline on 0300 102 1540, or text 07860 065 202. All of the Riders Minds services are free, 100% confidential, and accessible 24 hours a day. For more information on Anti-Bullying Week go to: https://anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk/....

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