Hi everyone, I’m Abby, allow me to introduce myself. I am an 18-year-old event rider and Equestyle’s newest edition, as their sponsored rider and blogger. Having completed my A-levels I have chosen to take a year out and work full time in a Primary School, until September, when I will be going to University and doing a Sport Coaching Degree.
Horses are my passion and I’ve riding for as long as I can remember. In these blogs you’ll be following me through the highs and lows of my equestrian adventures, as well as finding out my views on Equestyle’s products and advice/tips for you and your horse – from flatwork to jumping technique and also how as a young rider, you can tackle keeping your horse on form while in fulltime work/education. My current horse is King Champ or Champ for short, who I have had for 4 years and brought on from a green 4-year-old, we compete with British Eventing(BE) as well as, representing Macclesfield Riding Club in all disciplines and are representing them next month at the Intermediate Dressage Championships (very exciting).
This year I aim to be competing at Novice by the end of the season with BE. Having competed at Blenheim last year in the 100 eventers challenge, I am now aiming for Chatsworth, to tick another of my dream venue’s off the list. As well as my star horse Champ, I am proud to be given the opportunity by other owners to take their horse’s on as projects for both schooling and competing, which you will find out more about, as our stories unfold in future blogs!
Throughout my life I have had a number of young green horses, which I have brought on and are now with happy new owners, which I have loved staying in touch with to follow their adventures and knowing they are putting smiles on family’s faces just like they did with mine.
To finish this blog, I just have a few important things that have kept me going and I would like you all to take a moment to think about:
- The bond between horse and owner is irreplaceable so don’t ever take it to granted, I have always felt it’s the most important part when owning a horse, because like humans they want love and care, given the right amount they will help out of any situation. A bond is a trust; this is crucial in any discipline as the horse needs to trust you to do as you ask. Would you trust a stranger or would you rather your best friend/family?
- Horses are animals, just like we are humans, we aren’t always perfect so don’t be disheartened if you have a bad day. Because to me it’s not how you fall it’s how you recover from it that. Get back up wipe it off, because you can still achieve what you set out to achieve. I always think it helps to think back to why I am part of this equestrian life style and the answer is because I love it and the magnificent animals that come with it, it makes me happy so yes you are allowed to be upset/annoyed when something goes wrong but then remember what you are in this for.
- Finally, I’ve never compared myself to another rider, I idolise and take tips, advise and watch and learn, but never compare. Your goals and personal best may be completely different to theirs, they may have a different story to tell. But success is not about being better than someone else, it’s about being better than you used to be!
I hope you have enjoyed my first blog and I will speak to you all soon. If you have any questions for me, please do not hesitate to ask you can do so on Facebook at Abby Jones Equestrian or on twitter at ARJEquestrian. Until next time, good luck and I will speak to you all again soon!