Best of 2020: Top “Inside Your Ride” Mental Skills Plaidcast Episodes

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Riding is a tough sport. We all know that, but it’s just as hard mentally as it is physically. That’s where mental skills coaches like “Inside Your Ride” Tonya Johnston help us achieve our goals and stay sane in the process.

Tonya’s Plaidcast episodes cover common issues and questions that many riders face such as confidence, show ring nerves and much more. Listen to her top episodes from the past year to get key insights into your psyche in the saddle.

Plaidcast 180: Tonya Johnston with Susan Hutchison by Taylor, Harris Insurance Services

The Plaid Horse presents “Inside Your Ride” with mental skills coach Tonya Johnston. Today’s podcast is brought to you by Taylor, Harris Insurance Services and The Plaid Horse Magazine. Today Tonya is thrilled to welcome grand prix rider and trainer Susie Hutchison. Tonya also answers listener question from a rider who only sees mistakes when she visualizes and she unveils her new Tonya Johnston Plaidcast Challenge! Listen Now

Plaidcast 184: Tonya Johnston with David Loman and Rob Jacobs by Taylor, Harris Insurance Services

The Plaid Horse presents “Inside Your Ride” with mental skills coach Tonya Johnston. Today, Tonya welcomes trainer David Loman to the show to talk about his perspective and experience as a black horseman in the hunter/jumper community. Tonya also welcomes Rob Jacobs who operates The Robert Lawrence House of Opportunity, which is a nonprofit that provides ”Opportunity Clinics” open to all riders regardless of income level, age, ability, or experience. In lieu of the customary charges associated with quality training, riders are asked to make a donation to the organization. The funds raised throughout the year provide scholarships to support educational endeavors of collegiate equestrians. Listen Now

Plaidcast 167: Tonya Johnston’s Inside Your Ride, Archie Cox, Author Dr. Christine Carter by World Equestrian Center

The Plaid Horse presents “Inside Your Ride” with mental skills coach Tonya Johnston. Today Tonya welcomes top trainer and judge Archie Cox. Tonya also speaks with author, coach and sociologist Dr. Christine Carter about why and how to utilize a gratitude practice within your daily routine to access your greatest strengths. To close the show, Tonya answers a listener question on how to handle the temptation to compare your riding progress to those around you. Listen Now

Plaidcast 162: Tonya Johnston’s Inside Your Ride with Don Stewart and Sandy Ferrell by the World Equestrian Center

The Plaid Horse presents “Inside Your Ride” with mental skills coach Tonya Johnston. Today, Tonya welcomes two fabulous horse people – Sandy Ferrell and Don Stewart. They both have had amazing success and illustrious careers as riders and trainers, and Tonya will chat with them about the mental side of their training, teaching and showing. She will also give you some top tips about how and why you should occasionally visualize after your rides. Listen Now

Plaidcast 206: Tonya Johnston with Frank Madden by Taylor, Harris Insurance Services

The Plaid Horse presents “Inside Your Ride” with mental skills coach Tonya Johnston. Today, Tonya welcomes top trainer Frank Madden of Capital Hill Show Stables and answers a listener question about how to effectively deal with “Imposter Syndrome” which is an inability to own your skills and accomplishments. Brought to you by Taylor, Harris Insurance Services. Listen Now

Plaidcast 171: Tonya Johnston with Laura King by World Equestrian Center

The Plaid Horse presents “Inside Your Ride” with mental skills coach Tonya Johnston. Today Tonya welcomes Laura King, certified hypnotist, author, and life and sport coach. They chat about the ways Laura uses Neuro-linguistic programming, self-hypnosis and sport coaching to help riders create success and health both in the ring and at home during these uncertain times. Tonya also offers some ideas of ways to adapt your mental skills for riding and use them as life skills during our unexpected stay-at-home sojourn. In the last segment, Tonya answers a listener question about how to keep feeling positive and productive even though she can’t ride at this time. Listen Now

Plaidcast 202: Tonya Johnston with Janet Jones by Taylor, Harris Insurance Services


The Plaid Horse presents “Inside Your Ride” with mental skills coach Tonya Johnston. Today, Tonya welcomes Janet Jones, author of the new book “Horse Brain Human Brain”. Janet is a brain scientist and horsewoman and she explains how human and equine brains can work together optimally. Tonya also talks about how to handle mistakes and keep yourself positive. Listen Now

Plaidcast 175: Tonya Johnston with Monty Roberts by World Equestrian Center

The Plaid Horse presents “Inside Your Ride” with mental skills coach Tonya Johnston. Today Tonya welcomes equestrian legend, Monty Roberts. Monty, who is known as the original horse whisperer, created a way of communicating with horses called Join-Up and has spent his life teaching others how to work in harmony with horses. He travels the world to demonstrate and teach his methods, and at 84 years old is still going strong. Tonya also answers a listener question about how to stop feeling “blah” about her goal setting when there are no horse shows. Listen Now

Plaidcast 197: Tonya Johnston with Skylar Wireman & Danny Warrington by Taylor, Harris Insurance Services

The Plaid Horse presents “Inside Your Ride” with mental skills coach Tonya Johnston. Today, Tonya welcomes top, young junior rider Skylar Wireman who is in the midst of seeing her hard work pay off during this medal finals season with wins so far in the USEF Talent Search Finals – West as well as the Region 8 Maclay regionals. She also welcomes Danny Warrington of Landsafe Equestrian, who along with his wife, Keli, teach riders in all disciplines how to “impact the ground” safely when staying on your horse is no longer an option. Listen Now

Plaidcast 188: Tonya Johnston with Michael Tokaruk & Stephanie Ray Peters by Taylor, Harris Insurance Services

The Plaid Horse presents “Inside Your Ride” with mental skills coach Tonya Johnston. Today, Tonya welcomes top trainer Michael Tokaruk and amateur rider Stephanie Ray Peters. Brought to you by Taylor, Harris Insurance Services. Listen Now

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