Junior Riding 101 with Isha and Raina Swani

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the swani sisters are here!

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This has been one of my favorite interviews yet- chatting with my favorite two girls and clients, Isha and Raina Swani! These two girls work so hard for their passion and I hope you LOVE listening to how they balance their lives as top junior riders.

Isha and Bond after a winning round in the 3’6 Small Junior Younger Hunters in Wellington, FL

Isha and Bond after a winning round in the 3’6 Small Junior Younger Hunters in Wellington, FL

Raina and Portofino dominated in the Children’s Hunters in Wellington, FL last year.

Raina and Portofino dominated in the Children’s Hunters in Wellington, FL last year.

Isha and Monroe in the 3’6 Large Junior Younger Hunters in Wellington, FL

Isha and Monroe in the 3’6 Large Junior Younger Hunters in Wellington, FL

Raina and Most Likely in the 3’3 Junior Younger Hunters in Wellington, FL

Raina and Most Likely in the 3’3 Junior Younger Hunters in Wellington, FL

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ISHA : @isha.swani

RAINA : @raina_swani

Insecurity and Comparison with (Your Host) Bethany Lee from My Equestrian Style

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eeeek… My first solo episode!

Hi friends!

As your host, I wanted to take a moment to say hello and give you an overview of my story since we were 16 episodes in and I hadn’t done so yet! I laid out my life story from start to now in terms of ponies- which also includes the not-so-fun emotions like insecurity… I dive into the nitty gritty of comparison as a young professional and the feeling I used to have of never being good enough or as good as the person next to me. Hope this can help you or someone you know!

xo, Bethany

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Para-Dressage 101 with Alyssa Cleland

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I was determined. For the first few months in Texas I would literally sleep in my car in a Walmart parking lot because I didn’t have enough money to stay anywhere, but I was determined.
— Alyssa Cleland
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“Not having a leg on my right side, I don’t have anything. Like if the horse veers a certain direction, I immediately fly off the horse. I literally look like a potato falling off.”

“I think being so young and getting introduced to it, I didn’t really think of it as a possibility that I’d be going into it full time.”

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Balancing Riding and Family with Britt Sabbah

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I really think that [having a baby] it does change your brain chemistry. I’ve heard so many other moms who are riders say they same thing. I really wasn’t expecting [to lose confidence.]
— Britt Sabbah
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“With anything you’re doing with horses, you need to just do what you think is best. There’s always going to be someone who disagrees. You gotta kind of do you.”

“It is a little bit difficult with making [riding with a baby] work sometimes. Sometimes I have to take her down in the stroller and lead my horse at the same time, park her outside the arena and ride. Luckily she’s been really good about that.”

Finding Your Next Show Horse with Chris Sorensen

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To be honest with you, always by far the mentality of the horse is the most important part. They have to want to work with you. They have to have the right mind to either take an adult safely around and make sure they have a really great experience or be at the Olympics; it almost always comes down to their mind.
— Chris Sorensen

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Chris and I had so many topics to cover in this episode so we decided to have him back on the podcast for a Q&A Session! So if you’d like to be featured on his next epi, listen to Episode 12 and then ask a question(s) below:

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One of the reasons we specialize in hunter and equitation horses is because in Europe there are very people who focus on hunter and equitation horses and I don’t think there is another coach who has trained to the highest level of hunters and equitation.

There is a much greater understanding that needs to put in place so that as these horses that are so valuable [a more systematic fitness regime] the focus will turn to how to extend their career and still receive top results. So the level of competition is getting so tight at the top that this will become the next evolution.

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Goal Setting with Anna Buffini

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The championship comes and goes, but the the day-to-day is what you have to learn to enjoy.
— Anna Buffini
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“I know for a fact that I would not be the level rider I am without the workouts I do. If you don’t workout, it doesn’t give you the empathy for the horse that you workout everyday. Sometimes if I’m doing piaffe for a long time and my horse is fatigued and breathing hard, I’m like ‘ok I did a bunch of squats yesterday, I know how you feel' and I give him a walk break.”

“I'll never forget the feeling of trying a horse like [Sundayboy]. I would just sit in his stall for hours and sing to him and brush and groom him until he knew me. We were best friends and we trusted each other which I think helped us be as successful as we were together.”

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