Kristy and her handsome horse, Spartan, join our team from Ohio! We were able
to chat with Kristy about her tips and tricks for handling horse show nerves, just in time for her next dressage show!
Horseplay: We're so excited to hear how you deal with horse show nerves! This is something that plagues many of us that compete. Do you have any specific worries about competing, or do you experience more generalized nervousness?
Kristy: My worries come from not doing as well as I would like after all my training. I train 5 days a week to make every ride even better and I worry that I'll let my trainer and myself down. I fear what I was taught will be forgotten and all our hard work will go to waste. I also have generalized show nerves due to being in a new environment.
Horseplay: Do you have any tools or tricks that help soothe your show nerves?
Kristy: To calm my nerves I take deep breaths, do some stretches, listen to music, and visit with my horse. Also I have a pep talk with my trainer and focus on my ride compared to everyone else's. While these don't eliminate the nerves completely, they calm them enough to do well.