Are you serious about a competitive riding career but don’t own a horse? Follow H&H’s advice for improving your performance and getting noticed.
5-point action plan for success
1. Think positive
“Try to make yourself as busy as possible,” advises Dan Neilson, whose can-do attitude has brought about a rapid climb up the senior ranks.
2. Watch and learn
Do whatever it takes to gain experience in a practical setting. As Pammy Hutton points out: “Richard Branson started off making the coffee.”
3. If you don’t ask…
Blog, tweet or even advertise the fact that you’re after a horse to compete. Be honest, but don’t be afraid to promote yourself in a positive way.
4. Be open-minded
“I’ve ridden dressage with all types,” says Anna Ross Davies, who was a “riding school helper of the year” before hitting the European dressage scene. “I proved myself on those horses. Not having my own made me extremely versatile.”
5. Dream on
Courses, training grants and equitation competitions
Courses, training grants and equitation competitions can give you a much-needed leg-up – and remember these are not necessarily restricted to horse owners. Surf the internet for sport or region-specific opportunities, or try these for starters:
To read the full young rider special see the current issue of H&H (13 September 2012)
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