8 episodes

Welcome to your portal to the world of all things equestrian. 
I’m your host Dan Bizzarro and in each episode, we embark on a journey alongside industry experts, accomplished riders, and passionate enthusiasts. We get to know them and we learn from their experiences and vast knowledge, gaining a deeper understanding of the equestrian way of life.

Our Equestrian Life Dan Bizzarro

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    • 5.0 • 2 Ratings

Welcome to your portal to the world of all things equestrian. 
I’m your host Dan Bizzarro and in each episode, we embark on a journey alongside industry experts, accomplished riders, and passionate enthusiasts. We get to know them and we learn from their experiences and vast knowledge, gaining a deeper understanding of the equestrian way of life.

    Charlie Unwin: Unlocking Success in Equestrian Sports

    Charlie Unwin: Unlocking Success in Equestrian Sports

    In this enlightening conversation with Charlie Unwin, a renowned performance psychologist with a diverse background including military service, we unpack the psychological aspects crucial for mastering equestrian sports. 
    We explore the importance of personal leadership, the subtle differences between emotions like excitement and fear, and how understanding these can drastically improve training and performance in competitions. 
    The conversation touches on the balance between technical and psychological coaching, the role of personal beliefs, and strategies for maintaining consistency under pressure. 
    Unwin shares insights from his experiences across sports, business, and the military, highlighting psychological techniques such as visualization and managing internal systems to enhance performance. 
    Additionally, the importance of focusing on controllable elements and developing a competition mindset during training is emphasized, providing valuable strategies for both athletes and coaches. 

    RESOURCES FOR THIS EPISODE
    Cerntre 10: https://www.centre10.com/
    Charlie's website: https://www.performancelegacy.com/
    Dynamic Performance: https://www.dynamicperformancehub.com/

    To buy Charlie's book ''Inside Out'' click HERE

    TIMESTAMPS


    01:05 Meet Charlie Unwin: A Journey from Military to Equestrian Psychology
    03:20 The Role of Sports Psychology in Equestrianism
    05:20 Consistency: The Key to Equestrian Success
    08:00 Overcoming Mental Challenges in Equestrian Sports
    08:36 Harnessing the Power of Visualization and Flow States
    14:27 The Psychological Impact of Horse and Rider Relationship
    20:31 Personal Leadership and Focus in Equestrian Sports
    31:11 The Importance of Control and Focus in Equestrian Performance
    38:14 Transferring Training Success to Competition
    40:32 The Psychology of Performance: Navigating Fear and Focus
    42:45 Creating a Competition Mindset in Training
    44:14 The Power of Precision: Training Beyond the Basics
    45:29 Elevating Training with Intensity and Focus
    01:06:33 Building Confidence Through Controlled Challenges 
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    Website - https://www.dbeventing.co.uk

    • 1 hr 21 min
    Ros Canter: a "normal" yet extraordinary Event Rider

    Ros Canter: a "normal" yet extraordinary Event Rider

    In this interview, I enjoy learning the story of how the amazing Ros Canter went from a young pony club enthusiast to becoming a World Champion. 
    Ros discusses her love for training horses, her determination and competitiveness, and the importance of the support she received from her family, her team and her mentors. 
    You might think that successful riders don’t struggle with their nerves and you might be shocked to hear that Ros had lots of moments of doubt and at times she even felt relief when competitions got canceled. 
    How did she achieve all the amazing results then? You’ll find out!
    There is so much to learn, and I hope you are enjoying learning with me.

    RESOURCES FOR THIS EPISODE
    Ros Canter's Offical Website: https://www.roscantereventing.com/
    Ros Canter's Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/roscantereventer

    TIMESTAMPS

    02:05 Interview Begins: Early Life and Introduction to Riding
    03:52 The Path to Eventing and University Life
    05:12 The Unexpected Turn to Professional Riding
    06:09 Balancing Passion for Travel and Riding
    11:03 The Influence of Family and Mentors
    17:41 Overcoming Fear and Improving Cross Country Riding
    29:56 Importance of Taking Breaks and Celebrating Success
    31:17 Self-Description and Competitive Edge
    32:05 Understanding Personal Strengths and Training Quality
    34:58 Managing Nerves and Embracing Challenges
    39:52 Adapting Training Approach to Individual Horses
    49:59 Future Aspirations and Advice to Younger Self
    56:07 Contact Information and Final Thoughts
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    Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/DanBizzarro
    Website - https://www.dbeventing.co.uk

    • 58 min
    Annabelle Galt: the positive impacts of physiotherapy on horses' performance and welfare

    Annabelle Galt: the positive impacts of physiotherapy on horses' performance and welfare

    Annabelle Galt is a Veterinary Physiotherapist and an active member of the National Association of Veterinary Physiotherapists.
    Bell absolutely loves working with horses and helping them perform at their best.
    The love for her profession is so inspiring, so much so that seeing her enthusiasm every morning David, her husband, decided to leave his old job, go back to university and become a physiotherapist himself.
    In our conversation, we talk about the fundamental role of physiotherapy in horse welfare and sports performance. 
    Annabelle reveals how she got into the field, her passion for horses, her focus on academic research, and the functions of various physiotherapy equipment. 
    She also emphasizes the importance of a good coach, the correct saddle fitting, regular vet and physio check-ups, building a strong support team, and continuous learning. 
    I hope you enjoy our conversation!

    RESOURCES FOR THIS EPISODE
    Annabelle Galt Veterinary Physiotherapy: https://www.agvp.co.uk/
    Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/AGVetPhysio
    Instagram Page: https://www.instagram.com/agveterinaryphysiotherapy/

    TIMESTAMPS

    00:00 Introduction to Equestrian Life
    00:56 Guest Introduction: Annabelle Galt
    01:59 Annabel's Journey into Veterinary Physiotherapy
    04:08 Starting and Growing a Veterinary Physiotherapy Business
    08:35 The Role of Physiotherapy in Equestrian Sports
    13:10 Choosing the Right Physiotherapist
    24:54 Advancements in Veterinary Physiotherapy
    32:04 The State of Equestrian Sport and Horse Welfare
    39:33 Personal Goals and Aspirations
    43:33 Conclusion and Contact Information
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    Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/DanBizzarro
    Website - https://www.dbeventing.co.uk

    • 45 min
    Giovanni Ugolotti: being an Event Rider is all about hard work and a positive attitude!

    Giovanni Ugolotti: being an Event Rider is all about hard work and a positive attitude!

    In this inspiring discussion, I welcome my friend and accomplished Italian international event rider, Giovanni Ugolotti. 
     We dive deep into Giovanni's past, sharing his journey of moving from Italy to the UK, how he trained to become a successful event rider, and his experiences throughout his equestrian career. 
     Gio also discusses the importance of setting goals, how to select a horse, and how to produce an events horse, as well as giving us a sneak peek into what's in store for him this year!
     Do you want to hear about his hopes for the Olympics, and how he manages to stay upbeat even in the hardest times?
     Expect laughter, insights, and genuinely uplifting moments in a conversation that embodies the true spirit of the equestrian way of life.

    RESOURCES FOR THIS EPISODE
    Cranford stud eventing website: http://www.cranfordstudeventing.com/

    TIMESTAMPS 
    00:00 Introduction and Personal Journey
    00:29 The Importance of Positivity and Motivation
    02:04 Giovanni's Early Riding Experiences
    05:21 The Challenges and Triumphs of Building a Career in Eventing
    09:15 The Journey of Training and Producing Horses
    11:24 Overcoming Challenges and Embracing Mistakes
    11:42 The Importance of a Positive Attitude and a Strong Team
    24:13 Choosing and Training Young Horses
    37:50 Looking Forward: Goals for the Upcoming Year
    41:03 Conclusion and Contact Information
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    Website - https://www.dbeventing.co.uk

    • 42 min
    Helen West: A deep dive into British Eventing. The good, the bad and the ugly.

    Helen West: A deep dive into British Eventing. The good, the bad and the ugly.

    In our conversation, Helen discusses her journey from a non-horsey background to becoming the CEO of British Eventing, sharing the challenges and lessons learned along the way. 
    She talks in-depth about the complexities of British Eventing, her time in the role, the difficulties she faced, and the changes she managed to implement. She also shares her aspirations for the future.

    RESOURCES FOR THIS EPISODE
    British Eventing website: https://www.britisheventing.com/

    TIMESTAMPS
    00:00 Entering the Equestrian World: A Personal Journey
    13:16 The State of British Eventing Upon Arrival
    17:33 The Impact of Covid-19 on British Eventing
    27:39 The Role of IT in British Eventing's Challenges
    37:08 Strategies for Change and Improvement
    40:40 The Domino Effect of Change
    41:31 Regrets and Contributions in Sports
    43:06 The Struggle of Making Tough Decisions
    43:53 Understanding Leadership and Decision Making
    45:11 The Importance of Effective Communication
    49:25 The Struggles of Managing a National Governing Body
    56:46 The Challenges of Abandonment Insurance
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    Website - https://www.dbeventing.co.uk

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Cheryl Johns: Understanding the Livery Yard Business with the founder of LiveryList and Yard Owner Hub.

    Cheryl Johns: Understanding the Livery Yard Business with the founder of LiveryList and Yard Owner Hub.

    In this episode I'm joined by Cheryl Johns, the founder of LiveryList and Yard Owner Hub. We discuss the complexities of running a livery yard, covering areas such as financial planning, managing staff, and adhering to regulations.
    Cheryl talks about how LiveryList started as a simple livery yard directory and expanded into a comprehensive resource hub for yard owners. She shares her hopes for the future, including new endeavors for supporting yard owners and the continued growth of her platforms.

    RESOURCES FOR THIS EPISODE
    Livery list website: https://www.liverylist.co.uk/
    The Yard Owner Hub website: https://www.yardownerhub.co.uk/
    Facebook Group for Livery Owners: https://www.facebook.com/groups/lyodiscussions/

    TIMESTAMPS
    01:24 The Birth of Livery List
    05:20 Challenges in Running a Livery Yard
    06:09 Personal Journey into the Equestrian World
    14:23 The State of the Livery Industry
    18:43 Financial Planning for Livery Yards
    28:58 Staffing Challenges in Livery Yards
    33:04 The Importance of a Happy Work Environment
    36:38 The Complexities of Employment in the Equestrian Industry
    38:45 The Importance of Good Management in the Equestrian Industry
    39:33 The Wealth of Resources Available on Yard Owner Hub
    41:23 The Future of Regulations and Standards in the Livery Industry
    46:45 The Potential Impact of New Regulations on Livery Yards
    49:11 The Importance of Compliance with Regulations
    01:00:40 The Future of Livery List and the Yard Owner Hub
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    Website - https://www.dbeventing.co.uk

    • 1 hr 10 min

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