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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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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Body Image with Karina Harris

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My advice would be to focus on the parts of yourself that you really love and you’re genuinely excited about.
— Karina Harris
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“Sometimes I just go to work in my riding clothes, so we need to feel confident in what we’re wearing.”

“I would consider myself to be mid-sized and that is not really skinny or really big. When I’m shopping online there’s usually a small model and a plus sized model and that does not really resonate with me personally. So it’s kind of a struggle to find what something looks like on someone my size.”

Breaking In with Kira Plymire

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My motivation [to get out of rehab] was I need to get out so I can get back to riding my horses. This is all I want to do. I just realized that the only thing holding me back was myself.
— Kira Plymire
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“Just like with the lack of finances and then working for it, I think, I’ve really overcome some personal obstacles that I would’ve needed to deal with regardless of what I chose to do.”

“I always reference the fact that horses in general and hunter/jumpers or just the equestrian sport, I don’t think anyone is ever done learning.”

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Jumper Course Design with Nick Granat

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As a little kid I always loved jumps and course design, and had a mini set when I was young. I was always very passionate about it.
— Nick Granat
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I’m not everybody’s cup of tea, but hopefully people like my courses. McLain Ward and Kent Farrington are big supporters.”

“You have to take into account when we’re showing in the summer and it’s 104 degrees [fahrenheit], you’re not going to make the course fourteen numbers long with an immediate jump off after.”

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Working Student Initiative with Taylor Oxley

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I had started by going to people first that I knew had been working students and asked them, and they were able to give me resources...
— Taylor Oxley
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“ Because I was there for so long, it ended up turning from a working student position to an assistant trainer position, so I kind of got the best of both worlds.”

“Doing online school has definitely opened up more opportunities [for finding and maintaining a working student position.]”

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Influencing the Equestrian Industry with Helen Pollock

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Don’t give up. I think for somebody starting something, it takes consistency. And have passion.
— Helen Pollock
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Emotional health is key. The number one thing is to remember how to breathe. It’s super valuable to learn.

“Keep following your dreams. If that’s what really makes you happy, connect with people. I reach out to tons of other bloggers.”

“I think working full time and being able to ride, I’m grateful for it, and I’m grateful for a barn that they let me come out pretty early in the morning before I work, and then my bosses at work are really understanding with me coming in a little later. That’s been a long time in the making.”

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Selfless Success with Max Corcoran

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“The riders look to us as the leader of the after care. It’s critical for them to have a person on the ground who can do their horses so they can do their job as a rider.”
— Max Corcoran
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“The riders look to us as the leader of the after care. It’s critical for them to have a person on the ground who can do their horses so they can do their job as a rider.”

“There’s so many things that you gotta keep aware of. One of the things that David and Karen for sure taught me when thinking off the top of your head is to notice what’s not right.”

“It needs to be a very selfless industry.”