Showjumper Anna Edwards' success is due to her hard work and dedication. To help other budding competition riders follow in her footsteps, she has these five top tips:
1. Work hard
There is no substitute for hard work, so if you want something badly enough you need to be prepared to put in a lot of time and effort.
2. Balanced approach
Look at every aspect of your horse’s lifestyle, not just the riding side. My horses are fed NAF supplements and the company has been very helpful in helping me choose the right ones for their individual needs.
3. Stay grounded
Never think you are better than you are. Enjoy a win, but then focus on the next challenge and put all your energy into that. You will always have good and bad days and horses are great at bringing you back down to earth.
4. Gain Experience
Ride different horses, if possible, to gain as much experience as you can and so you can learn to deal with a variety of problems. This will be a huge contributing factor in making you a better rider.
5. Focus on the flat
Flatwork is the basis for everything, so always pay attention to your horse’s schooling and revisit the basics regularly.
Anna is profiled in the May issue of Horse magazine, which is on sale now. Find out why she is determined never to have to sell another top horse, discover her battle against ill health and read about the products she can't live without.
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