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Inspo Interview #6 Jake Tarrant From Little Bentley Eventing

Let’s hear it for the boys! I thought it was about time we have a boy on the blog.  I am very pleased to introduce this month’s inspirational equestrian Jake Tarrant from Little Bentley eventing. You may have seen him on this years Omega All Star Academy. He is a riding instructor, eventer, blogger and all round good guy that retrains and competes on his rehabbed horses. I hope you agree that his interview does not disappoint!

1) What inspired you to start doing what you are doing?
From an early age I was always drawn to horses, but as a boy it was always about the speed and excitement of galloping across the countryside. As I approached my GCSE’s and had to decide on my route through life it became apparent that I could not compete academically with my twin brother, so I decided to abandon institutionalised education and gain a world recognised qualification with the BHS, my AI. As I progressed through my equestrian career, I worked in all the major disciplines to get as much experience of the industry as I could. It soon transpired that my particular affinity was with those animals that all others had given up on, those horses that had run out of hope, but how could i do something about it? The answer was simple, I gave up working with horses………….  took over my family business and gave it an equestrian theme, built my own yard, and started out on a new path of rehabilitating those horses that humans had failed. But as boys only get older, and never grow up, my love of the speed and power of flowing across the country stayed with me, and a love of eventing rehabbed horses was born.
The more I took these horses out, the more I did with them, the less people would understand…….. confused yet??  People simply couldn’t understand why I would be over the moon with a poor result on a horse that consistently kicked out show jumps, or did a dressage test that was half poetry and half pain; they didn’t understand that the success was just there in the partnership, in the completion, in the trust that is earned when these animals have no reason left to believe in us. This is the path that led us to audition for the Omega Equine Allstar Academy, the chance for one of these horses to prove to the world that every horse deserves a chance; a chance to rise above their past and to forgive what has been done to them. They do not judge us, they do not resent us; but if we deserve it, they can forgive us.
2) Who do you look to for inspiration & why?
As many of us have, I have been the victim of a mental health disorder, this makes being inspired both easier and harder. It’s easy to watch the great riders doing their thing and winning at Badders or Olympia and come home being galvanised into emulating them; but no, I love scrolling through facebook and seeing those people that have gone above themselves, challenged themselves, bounced back from trauma to prove that they can be a success, that have gone out of their way to be better than they were. It makes me want to believe in myself again.

 3) What would you say has been your biggest achievement to date?
My biggest achievement is probably the judges ride section of the Allstar Academy, when Charlie Hutton rode rehabbed 16hh Bay gelding Troy, which led to him not only winning the module, but also birthing the viral sensation that was the Cup of Tea challenge, proving that a rehabbed horse can be far more than just that.
4) What would be the best piece of advice you could give someone who is feeling a bit uninspired at the moment?
Everyone has bad days, everyone hits walls in their riding that makes them question whether they are good enough, everyone feels judged by their peers and at that time are found wanting; But the thing is…….. EVERYONE does, you are not alone, it happens to the best of us; and like theirs, your story will be inspiring someone else.
5) What are your plans for this year & what do you hope to achieve?
I’d like to qualify my boys for the Grassroots at Badminton (in addition to the 5* obviously, but that is more of a long term goal), but this will only happen with a lot of training, so I will be pursuing any bursaries and scholarships that I come across to help fund the work I do.
 But in reality, my plans for this year are simple; to every day be a slightly better version of myself than I was yesterday, to enable me to help take these horses further along the path of success, to wherever that may be.
Find Jake on facebook – Little Bentley Eventing
Instagram- @littlebentleyeventing
Incase you missed it check out last month’s Inspo Interview – Inspo Interview #5 Zoe Boyd That Sassy Rider
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Inspo Interview #5 Zoe Boyd That Sassy Rider

This month I have the pleasure of introducing you to Zoe Boyd That Sassy Rider as our Inspo Interviewee. Zoe is an Equestrian blogger on Instagram and facebook. Her pages follow her progress with her new mount ‘Princess Brian’ as they start competing together.

I reached out to her to be part of the Inspo Interviews because of a really honest blog post I had seen she had written recently for Equissimo a brand of whom she is an ambassador for. It was about some bad personal circumstances that she has been going through. It was so honest and raw but she wrote with such tact and warmth that I respected her even more than I did before. Zoe is not only a cool person and a great rider  but a great role model to her online followers! I urge you to follow her if you don’t already.

  1. What inspired you to start your instagram account/ blog?

It’s not really inspiration but I did it to stop boring my friends and family on Facebook as I used to spam my page with all things horsey! I then realised that there were a lot of people out there that have a geniune interest in how you have been getting on with your horse. So I created all my social media handles. I find it lovely to part of an online community.

2. Who do you look to for inspiration and why?

I don’t particularly have one person that I look up to it’s more of a group of people who keep me inspired. I love seeing how people are achieving their goals and staying positive with their set backs.

3. What would you say is your biggest achievement to date?

My biggest achievement would be competing at the showjumping National Championships 2 years ago. I genuinely thought it was a once in a lifetime thing…until this year on my new horse Brian, I have managed to qualify again for show jumping AND Combined training. I couldn’t make the Show jumping nationals this year though as they were two weeks after the qualifiers and Nationals was about 300 miles away from me. Thankfully I am able to compete at The Festival of The Horse in May.

4. What would be your best piece of advice you could give someone who is feeling a bit uninspired at the moment?

Behind every rider there has been some level of pain or upset. You still have the passion inside to get back to it after a knock back, you just need to get your butt back in the saddle and remember how the good days feel.

5. What are your plans for this year and what do you hope to achieve?

This year I’m hoping to just bond more with Princess Brian, so far we have been quite successful in a short amount of time. Once we have full trust in one another Im hoping to up the ante and compete at a higher level.

Follow Zoe @thatsassyrider on facebook & instagram.

Incase you missed it. Check out last month’s Inspo Interview here. Inspo Interview #4 Poppy from Young Hip & Horsey

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Inspo Interview #4 Poppy from Young Hip & Horsey

For this month’s Inspo Interview I would like to introduce Poppy from Young Hip and Horsey. Poppy is an Equestrian blogger & I have been following Poppy’s blog for a few months now and find her very inspiring. Poppy had a total hip replacement in June 2018 at the age of 26 and her blog is about her recovery and return to riding after her operation. 

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1) What inspired you to start your blog Young Hip and Horsey?

Strangely it was my mum who first suggested I start a blog about my hip replacement recovery.  We both thought that a record of the experience of having a hip replacement at such a young age with a view to getting back to an active hobby might be useful to other people who might face a similar situation. I also saw the potential for my blog to be of interest to other riders, perhaps those who, like me, only started riding as adults, enjoy coloured cobs or have dressage ambitions but are really starting from scratch! As soon as I started writing and creating images to use for my blog, I was hooked.  I was already keen on photography and my personal Instagram and Facebook accounts were full of pictures of my beloved Pea.  I had been keen on writing when I was younger, writing many many stories, but rediscovered my love for the written word when blogging gave me a purpose.  

2) Who do you look to for inspiration and why?

 When I decided that dressage was my chosen discipline I dived straight into the Youtube archive of Charlotte (Dujardin) and Valegro videos.  I feel like you can’t NOT be inspired by her success, she has changed the face of dressage in this country forever and has achieved so much at such a young age.  After reading her book I’ve been even more inspired by the journey she has been on to get to where she is today.   Another young, female role model I look to for inspiration is Olivia Towers.  She is a professional rider who creates very real videos, podcasts and social media content about the highs and lows of training her horses.  She is passionate about having a positive mindset and encouraging others to improve and develop.  I love that you can gain an insight into high level dressage through her content and she definitely offers tips and tricks that can be taken away even as a relative beginner in the riding and dressage world. 

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3) What would you say is your biggest achievement to date? 

This is a really tricky one for me as I feel like since my hip replacement (in June 2018) each month has brought a new ‘biggest achievement’ in terms of both my recovery and my riding.  Ditching the crutches completely by 2 months post op and getting on Pea at 10 weeks post op were massive!  My first lesson with my new hip in November (and each lesson since then) was also incredible. If I had to chose just one achievement it would have to be the competition we did in January.  Even before my operation I had never been to a dressage competition away from home, I had never competed without people from my yard around and I had never competed in an indoor arena.  In January, for my first competition post hip replacement, I did all of these things!  I also did it relatively confidently and confidence has been a real issue for me in the past, particularly in terms of competing. 

4) What would be the best piece of advice you could give someone who is feeling a bit uninspired at the moment? 

I’m quite keen on inspirational quotes because I think sometimes we all need a reminder to be positive and a catalyst to motivate ourselves.  I post quotes on my Instagram every Monday so I have plenty of motivational messages and advice in my mental bank but I think the best piece of advice I could give right now is that ‘dreams don’t work unless you do’.  If you are feeling uninspired just think about what it is you want to achieve, then you can work out what you need to do to reach that goal and do it!  I think you always need something to work towards but equally, goals need to be achievable and measurable.  Breaking overarching goals into smaller pieces make them more manageable and therefore you are more likely to achieve.  Making goals is, of course, the first step and then the hard work starts! 

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 5) What are your plans this year & what do you hope to achieve? 

The equine flu scare has put a slight pause on my competing at the moment but this year I plan to compete regularly at prelim level.  I would like to go to lots of different competition venues to broaden our competition experience so that we are both more confident in different environments.  I hope to improve Pea’s suppleness and get her working from behind, over her back into a consistent contact as that is something that we really haven’t mastered yet!  I want to be able to improve her canter which, due to the discomfort associated with my hip problems, has never been great.  I want us both to be stronger and fitter and would really love to have more equal strength and flexibility between my left, historically bad side and my right, good side.    

You can follow Poppy and Pea’s progress on their blog http://www.younghipandhorsey.com and on facebook and instagram @younghipandhorsey

In case you missed last month’s Inspo Interview with Heather Wallace The Timid Rider click here to read it. 

 

 

 

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Inspo Interview #3 Heather Wallace The Timid Rider

Welcome to the third ‘In Due Horse Inspo Interview’! I am SO excited to introduce to you this month’s inspiring Equestrian.

Heather Wallace or ‘The Timid Rider’ is an American blogger, author and pony owner. Heather is also an animal massage therapist and mother and all round excellent person! Heather is an incredibly inspiring equestrian. She uses her own struggle with confidence in the saddle, to help others with theirs. Encouraging other equestrians to be brave be bold & be honest!

From a personal note despite being over the other side of the Atlantic to me, Heather has been so encouraging and supportive of In Due Horse. We ‘met online’ back in October when I participated in Heather’s Blog Hop and Blogtober challenge and she has been so welcoming and supportive since and I am so pleased to be able to collaborate with her.


Photo Credit: Callie Heroux photography.

1) What inspired you to write your book ‘Confessions of a Timid Rider’? 

Confessions of a Timid Rider  was a book that I feel that I had inside me waiting to come out. I loved to write stories, but I was too afraid to share them with even my family. More, I loved horses but felt pressured (mostly by myself) to compete to be the best. I let the pressure of being perfect overwhelm me and cause anxiety. I stopped writing and I stopped riding horses for 17 years. I lied to myself for a long time.  

After having my first child at the age of 31, I was determined that I needed horses back in my life. I craved something just for me, something that filled my soul. I still had doubt in my abilities and was quite nervous. I felt elated being on horseback again, even those it was much higher than I recalled. Maturity, experience and yes, stubbornness, got me back in the saddle and kept me there since. I still expect a lot from myself, but I realized that I was the only person I disappointed if things didn’t happen the way I wanted. I’ve never been much of a risk taker, but I have to ride horses to be truly happy. This really gave me a new perspective, and with it, confidence to share my story.  

I am inspired by those around me who unapologetically live their lives and pursue their passions. When I started my blog, The Timid Rider I realized quickly from the responses that I wasn’t alone. Whether you are a returning adult equestrian, junior, amateur, or professional you have moments where you think, “I can’t do this.” But we are wrong. We CAN do it.  

The trick is to be perfectly imperfect. Be bold and be true to ourselves. We all have something to learn, and horses are the best teachers, but it’s okay for us to go at our own pace. This book is my story and my experiences. In it, I hope that others find motivation and inspiration to keep moving forward and pursue their passion, whatever that may be…  

Photo Credit: Callie Heroux photography

2) Who do you look to for inspiration and why?  

I have been so grateful to have amazing female role models. My earliest inspiration in blogging was Susan Friedland-Smith of Saddle Seeks Horse. I first followed her on Instagram, and after engaging with her as a fan, she kindly helped direct me to organizations that would help me improve my writing and blogging skills. I had the absolute pleasure to meet her in 2018 at the American Horse Publications conference and even reciprocated with some feedback for her recently published book, Horses Adored and Men Endured. I am so happy to help others because I know that I wouldn’t be as successful without advice and support of others. I want to provide that in return. 

I look to many women in the equestrian world as inspiration as I always believe that I will never stop learning. A significant person in my life is Camille Champagne, an FEI 3* endurance rider and founder of The Gobi Desert Cup. She took a chance on me as the 2018 Media Consultant for her event in Mongolia. I applied sight unseen to live in a nomadic camp with strangers for two weeks, with absolutely no camping experience or knowledge of endurance. Not only is Camille one boss babe, but she is extremely loyal and supportive. She tirelessly works to improve the lives of all the people she works with, not just me but also the Mongolian people, and she continues to give me opportunities, show her appreciation, and be a mentor in many ways.  I am very grateful for her friendship. Sometimes I think she believes in me more than I do.  She is going for the World Championships in Endurance and I have no doubt she will accomplish everything she dreams. 

Photo Credit: Heather Wallace/ Gobi Desert Cup

3) What would you say is your biggest achievement to date?  

Wow, my most significant achievement is a tough one to answer. I honestly have so much to be grateful for in my life and am quite ambitious. I own two businesses (animal massage and small publishing company); I have written an award-winning and best-selling book and traveled to the depths of Mongolia to work with an endurance horse race that changed my life and my perspective. But what I am most proud of is raising three horse-crazy daughters who believe that women can do anything. They see me following my dreams and working my tail off to get there, but I do it in a way that lifts others instead of tearing them down. At the end of the day, to be a positive example for my family is the most meaningful. 

 

Photo Credit: Heather Wallace.

4) What would be the best piece of advice you could give someone who is feeling a bit uninspired at the moment?  4) What would be the best piece of advice you could give someone who is feeling a bit uninspired at the moment?  

We’ve all been there. Don’t believe everything you see on social media, we all have moments where we question our path, our expertise, or our progress. Life is not supposed to be easy. I have learned more from my mistakes both in the saddle and in life than I ever had with success.  

However, it is essential to acknowledge the lack of inspiration and why. I often find that changing up my routine helps incredibly. It is easy to feel overwhelmed in this crazy world. So give yourself a break! Go on a quiet hack instead of exercises in the ring or decide on quality time hand grazing your horse. If you are feeling uninspired with work, plan a fun adventure on the weekend to have something to look forward to. The one thing you can always count on is change. You won’t remain uninspired for long if you get up and do something you love! Be bold, brave, and honest but always keep moving forward and pursue your passion. 

5) What are the plans for this year and what do you hope to achieve?  

I like to set a few achievable goals for myself, crush them, and repeat. Last year I met every goal I had set, and it did wonders for my self-esteem. This year, I have a few goals, but I may add more if I successfully accomplish them!  

I plan on doing more speaking at events and conferences. Recently I’ve been massaging a llama with a right hind injury and anxiety/trust issues. The first time we worked together he wouldn’t look me in the eye until we were halfway through the session. Clemente’s owner kindly recommended me to the Greater Appalachian Llama and Alpaca conference, and now I’ll be a presenter and demonstrator there! I never anticipated working with llamas, but I have learned to go with the flow, and it has opened up many possibilities. 

Complete another book for publication! I have three books I’m currently working on and bounce between them as inspiration strikes. They are all very different, and I’m very excited to share them when completed.  

I plan on continuing to build my pony’s top line and work with him in a bitless bridle while gaining more time on trails and jumping to develop my own confidence. He loves to jump and is quite adorable!   

I will be attending The Gobi Desert Cup again in August and helping to produce a documentary under the direction of Jamie Baldanza Claps of This Mustang Life. While there a few of us will also be spending a little time in the saddle with our Mongolian friends before the race begins. These men are born to the saddle and have so much to teach me about horsemanship and confidence. 

More, I have some inspiring things in store for The Timid Rider in the next two years. Sadly it’s too early to tell you just yet. You’ll have to follow me on social media for the official announcement!  

Bio: 

My name is Heather Wallace I stepped away from horses as a teen due to anxiety and regretted it ever since. Now I’m back but things are a little different now. I’m a mother, I’m less flexible, and I’m a lot more nervous. The biggest difference? I’m following my passion despite lacking confidence. Join me as I talk about all those things we think but don’t say out loud. timidrider.com/ social media @timidrider.

In case you missed last months Inspo Interview with Krystal Kelly you can click here to read it.

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Inspo Interview #2 Krystal Kelly

For the second edition of our Inspo Interviews about inspirational women in the equestrian industry I had the pleasure of interviewing Krystal Kelly.

Krystal Kelly is a California Girl, joining us from her current base in England for a talk about her life as an Equestrian Adventuress traveling around the world on the back of a horse. She is currently the ONLY FEI II Showjumping Coach from the USA and offers jumping and dressage clinics, yoga for horse riders, and even helps to promote horse riding adventures and holidays around the world. She organizes groups to off-the-beaten path destinations with her own travel company Krystal Kolumbus Travel (like her upcoming trip to Bhutan!) She talks with us today about her life abroad and what it’s like working in 14 different countries with horses and traveling to over 50+ countries including Iraq, Bhutan, Romania, India, Egypt and more!

1) What inspired you to do what you do?

I have always wanted to work abroad with horses. I never felt like I belonged in America to be honest and I felt since I was very young that I needed to go and see the world. I was always fascinated to see the Olympic Showjumping on the television. Seeing top riders from around the world gather in one place to share their love for horses has always been something that drove my passion to seek “unique destinations” and countries most people would never think of going to ride horses! I just recently returned from Iraqi Kurdistan where I got to ride some gorgeous showjumping horses and also meet a few local men who breed Arab and Kurdish horses. They welcomed me like I was one of their family members and treated me to local tea and even gifted me a golden horse statue which now sits on my dresser. I love exploring countries, but exploring different cultures and countries because of a shared love for horses…that is an opportunity unlike any other!

2) Who do you look to for inspiration and why?

I am too busy making my own lists of things I want to do and where I want to go that I don’t have much time to think about what others are doing. Especially because my goal of seeing every country causes a lot of anxiety to others (try telling someone whose never left their hometown why you took a secret trip to Yemen…) and you will realize that you often times have to be the source of your own inspiration. In order to drive yourself to step outside of your comfort zone, take the leap and trust your own judgement and gut, sometimes you have to take inspiration from any means you can whether it be scrolling through Instagram, reading other’s blogs or watching documentaries. I take my inspiration from many outlets and its difficult to pin it down to one specific person. I will say that any woman challenging the system and conquering her goals (whatever they may be) in a male dominated sport / business / culture etc. is always a key source of inspiration for me! I love seeing women “stick it to the man” and empower other sisters around the world to follow in their footsteps!

 

3) What would you say is your biggest achievement to date & why?

I have many. I’ve started the only horse riding program in the country of Bhutan, and now organize group expeditions there! I’ve fundraised to send a Yemeni girl to University. I’ve driven a junky car SOLO from England to Mongolia and back again. I met my husband in Azerbaijan (he’s German) and taught him to ride horses—where we now own two lovely horses in England and play polo, compete in Endurance and many other horsie-activities. I completed a 1,000 kilometer race on semi-wild Mongolian horses across the Mongolian steppes… I guess you could say there are a number of achievements I am proud of, but I also have quite a number more to cross off my list! I’m a big list maker so whenever I do cross something off I usually replace it with another equally challenging goal.

 

4) What is the best piece of advice you could give to someone who is feeling a bit uninspired at the moment?

I think many people when they meet me, often tell me, “Wow, your life is amazing! You’re so lucky!” But the real secret is, I am not doing anything anyone couldn’t do. To be honest, back in 2010 when I first left America to work at my first international job for an Olympic rider in Belgium, the only thing I did that others didn’t was: I got on the plane. Many of my adventures, jobs and goals started with simply committing to getting on that plane. It didn’t matter if I didn’t have much money or I didn’t know where I would end up or how I would afford a return flight should the job not work out etc. It didn’t matter because I knew it would all work out. I would be able to handle any situation I came up against and I had faith that things would all work out in the end. And you know what? It has. So many doors of opportunity opened up for me simply by having the guts to get on that plane and take a chance that I never could have dreamed would be possible.

You don’t need to have all the answers, you don’t need to have everything planned. All you need is the will and a way will be shown. And if the people in your environment or life are opposing your internal goals and wishes and desires then STOP INTERACTING WITH THEM! Reach out to people with similar goals who’ve actually achieved them and start surrounding yourself with people that will lift you up (even if it’s only virtually on the internet for a while!) In this way the internet is really your biggest ally as there are so many inspirational women and horse lovers out there that are happy to talk and inspire other—and even offer them a job or a free bed for the night or a coffee! So get out there and start networking!

 

5) What are your plans for this year and what do you hope to achieve?

I have a few trips lined up for this year which I’m still looking to fill. I have several open spaces for people to join me on a once in a lifetime chance to visit the country of Bhutan —my all-time favorite country—on the back of a horse! Last year I took a group of 8 ladies and we had such a wonderful adventure that I’m excited to bring another group this year. I also have a few other trips in the making and my filming projects are beginning to pick up. I hope to release a youtube series soon about various Equestrian Adventuresses around the world so please join my Facebook group to keep up to date with the different adventures and projects I am planning as well as getting your horse travel inspiration and contacts from like-minded ladies in the group!

Thank you to everyone at In Due Horse for the feature and I am very happy to continue to follow along on your adventures!

Feel free to follow me on Instagram (https:// http://www.instagram.com/kryskolumbustravel/channel/) or check out my websites: https://www.kryskolumbustravel.com

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In case you missed it click here to read the first Inspo Interview with The Sand Arena Ballerina.

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Inspo Interview #1 The Sand Arena Ballerina

Welcome to the very first In Due Horse Inspo Interview! In these interviews I plan to interview inspiring women from the Equestrian Industry. For this first interview, I had the privilege to interview Andrea Parker AKA The Sand Arena Ballerina who will be the first person in this series of interviews.

Andrea is an Australian blogger, her dressage blog The Sand Arena Ballerina follows her & her horse Nonie and their journey as they compete (very successfully) in dressage. The blog also features interviews, features on riders and horses, nutrition and fitness, fashion and mindset to name a few.

Andrea often talks about motivation, improvement and inspiration in her dressage blog, which is why I thought she would be a perfect person to interview for the Inspo Interviews.

1) What inspired you to become a dressage rider and start your blog?

I have always loved dressage, even back in my pony club days I was the kid who loved torture time (aka sit trot without stirrups) and ride around the barrels in a perfect figure eight rather than going flat out. While I used to ride all disciplines a few bad falls in my late teens steered me away from jumping. But it was probably the experience of riding a coaches Grand Prix stallion and advanced mare in my early twenties that sealed my fate as a Dressage rider. The opportunity to feel some of the higher level dressage movement like passage and canter pirouettes had me hooked and is something I will forever be grateful for.

Creative writing is something that I have always loved. However during my university years I had to put my creative thoughts aside and learn how the human body functioned and to write scientific reports in order to gain my Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics. After graduating I often thought about starting a blog, but I worried I wouldn’t know what to write about, how to write it and whether anyone would read my ramblings. In 2016 I became a brand ambassador for an equestrian clothing company and needed to write monthly updates for their blog. It was through doing these updates that I developed confidence in my writing and took the plunge into the world of blogging at the end of 2016.

 

2) Who do you look to for inspiration and why? 

There are so many people in the equestrian community that inspire me – I could go on all day.  Of course high profile riders like Charlotte Dujardin, Laura Graves and Ingrid Klimke are a source of inspiration, however one of my key sources of inspiration is my wonderful coach Danielle Keogh. She is one of the hardest working, most humble people I know and of course she is a beautiful rider. It’s  been awesome to see her do so well this year and kick her goals. She works full time as a physiotherapist in addition to having several horses competing and a number of riders that she coaches – this is something I would love to do in the future too so she is an inspiration in that way as well.

Another inspiration is an Australian Para Dressage rider Emma Booth who also inspires me hugely. Emma began her riding career as an Eventer but a car accident in 2013 left her a paraplegic. Just seven months after the near fatal accident she was back in the saddle. Aside from being a beautiful and tenacious rider she is also an incredible role model eloquently calling out bullies and trolls online.

3) What would you say is your biggest achievement to date?

I have been so fortunate to have a number of amazing experiences with horses, but if I had to name just one thing it would be competing at the Australian Adult Amateur Owner Rider Dressage Championships this year. This was my first time competing at a National level and what made it even more special was the fact that I have brought Nonie along from a green baby to successfully competing at medium level. As we come down the final centreline of our first test I was fighting back tears. Receiving a sixth place in this test was the icing on the cake.

4) What would be the best piece of advice you could give someone who is feeling a bit uninspired at the moment?

I find few things to be as inspiring and satisfying as feeling Nonie and I make progress. If I feel that I am letting us down, struggling with the basics or just stalling this can make me feel a bit unmotivated and uninspired. How do I get past this?

1. Set goals which are realistic, meaningful and achievable.

2. Take lessons as often as I can afford to – sometimes you need an outsiders perspective to know where you are becoming stuck or to help push you through something challenging.

3. Reflect on every ride (I find it really helpful to do this in writing) and make myself find at least one or two positives from the ride – I promise you there will be something there. In the long term this will also help to train your thinking to look for the good in things.

4. Always remember the rule of 1%. If you can achieve and sustain a 1% improvement every time you get in the saddle you’ll be 100%  better in just 100 rides.

5) What are your plans for this year and what do you hope to achieve with your blog & Nonie?

I have a few goals on my list for Nonie and I in 2019. I  am aiming for an advanced start towards the end of the competition season – dancing down the centreline in tails and a double bridle with Nonie would be an absolute dream come true. In order to be able to do this we need to nail our flying changes and learn to ride the canter pirouettes 😬 Oh and I also need to master the double bridle!

In 2019 I would like to enter some new territory with my blog, namely I want to do interviews with professionals within the equestrian industry – think vets, trainers, riders and judges just to name a few. The thought of approaching these people to be a part of my blog terrifies me, which is exactly why I am making it a goal.

Be sure to check out Andrea’s brilliant blog at www.thesandarenaballerina.com . You can also follow The Sand Arena Ballerina – equestrian blog on Facebook & the_sand_arena_ballerina on instagram.

I hoped you liked the first Inspo Interview & be sure to check out next months interview with Krystal Kelly an Equine Adventuress who travels the world on horseback.

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