Kirsten Farris Psychology
Published 04/17/2014 - 8:00 a.m. CDT

"We all know those people who say they are going to do something and don’t ever do it," Farris states. Photo © Impulse Photography
Confidence is interesting--most people think it is an actual ‘‘thing” that they either have, or they don’t. I think of confidence as a belief in a person's ability to do something and just like a bank account, we either make deposits or withdrawals. If you feel your confidence is constantly in overdraft status, try eliminating the following habits and your account balance will be in the black in no time.

Rating: 34
Kirsten Farris Psychology
Kirsten Farris Psychology
Published 03/25/2014 - 8:00 a.m. CDT

"Always remember that you are a role model, and act accordingly," Farris states. Photo © Impulse Photography
Whether it is winning a World or Congress Championship, a year end title or an all around saddle, most competitors have always dreamed about becoming a “Winner”. In order to achieve your goal, you create a plan, work hard, and you turn your dream into a reality. Then something weird happens. Instead of being on top of the world, you realize that winning comes with its own set of truths.

Rating: 37
Published 02/12/2014 - 8:00 a.m. CDT

"One of the key traits of a MTE is a strong sense of self," Farris states. Photo © USC Gamecocks
According to Graham Jones, Sheldon Hanton and Declan Connaugton, mental toughness is, "Having the natural or developed psychological edge that enables you to: generally, cope better than your opponents with the many demands (competition, training, lifestyle) that sport places on a performer.

Rating: 44
Kirsten Farris Psychology
Kirsten Farris Psychology
Published 01/02/2014 - 8:00 a.m. CDT

"When people come from a place of gratitude, chances are, they will feel more open and experience more happiness and joy in everyday life," Farris states. Photo © Impulse Photography
It’s that time of year again where I cringe every time I hear about resolutions...a.k.a, the average person's "To Do List" for the first week in January. This year, I actually have something that would qualify for a resolution if the resolution is to make themselves and others happy in 2014. What’s even better about this resolution is that I have put it to the test, and I am happy to report that it works!

Rating: 25
Published 12/03/2013 - 6:27 a.m. CDT

"If you want to go places in your life, you will get farther and faster if you aren’t waiting for people to take you there," Kirsten states. Photo © Impulse Photography
Life is funny sometimes. If I just sit back and watch things happen, I am able to spot a trend. In the last month or two, my inbox has delivered ‘messages’ to me that pertain to rider effectiveness. These emails came from various sources that created a list of traits and attributes of effective riders. Once I took off my “dunce” cap, I realized that the universe was telling me that I needed to put together a list of my own. So I did, and here it is.

Rating: 30
Kirsten Farris Psychology
Kirsten Farris Psychology
Published 08/05/2013 - 8:00 a.m. CDT

"The thing to remember is that you have complete control over your attitude," Farris states. Photo © Impulse Photography
With the Major Show Season in full swing, we may feel like our personal pressure cooker has been cranked up a notch or two. While some people like Nik Wallenda love high stress situations and can walk on a tightrope over the Grand Canyon, some of us may need a few practical tips to ensure that we come out of a high pressure situation un-cracked and intact.

Rating: 26
Published 06/06/2013 - 6:01 a.m. CDT

"If you are trying to control the outcome of your show ring endeavors, you may be wasting a lot of time and energy," Farris states. Photo © Mallory Beinborn/Impulse Photography
Some people would say the only things that are certain in life are death and taxes. I would argue to say the only thing certain in life is uncertainty. Given the recent happenings in Oklahoma over the past few weeks, it made me realize that so many things in our horse show world are uncertain and out of our control.

Rating: 28
Kirsten Farris Psychology
Kirsten Farris Psychology
Published 04/12/2013 - 8:00 a.m. CDT

"Lots of people take breaks from things, so even if you decide that your heart isn’t in the game, you can always jump back in when your passion returns," Farris states. (Photo: © Mallory Beinborn/Impulse Photography)
Last September, I wrote “When is Enough, Enough?” and I am still getting feedback from that article. I figured you may not have had enough of the topic, so here is Part Two. People start showing horses for many reasons. Many people start showing because it’s a family affair while others get into showing when their love and passion for horses leads them to enter competitions. No matter the reason, people show because of the feelings they get when they participate.

Rating: 28
Published 02/08/2013 - 8:00 a.m. CDT

"Before embarking on your journey to mastering a new event you will need a road map to get you to your destination," Farris says. (Journal photo)
Now that AQHA Leveling and the New Novice Rules are in place, you may find yourself in a position to try a new class or two. After all, learning new things can be fun and exciting, right? However, if you find yourself feeling like a dog stuck with the same old tricks, these tips will help straighten out your learning curve and have you loving your new event in no time.

Rating: 38