Cheltenham Ladies' College - In Order to Achieve, Set Goals, says international sportswoman
LAST year was a fantastic year to be a sportsman or woman, with the public interest in sport.
As a professional dressage rider, and an A-Level student, I would love people to sustain this curiosity, enthusiasm and appreciation for the importance of setting goals and aiming to achieve them.
I compete internationally in dressage for Australia and balancing this with a busy school life can be difficult, requiring organisation and a lot of planning.
I ride before school at 5am every morning and spend my evenings doing school work and revision.
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On top of that, I follow a strict fitness and strength regime.
I firmly believe that you can find time to do anything, so long as you enjoy it, are passionate about it and have goals to work towards.
The hardest thing with horses is that things rarely go to plan.
One of my horses had to have a year off in 2011, due to a torn suspensory ligament, and so 2012 was all about building up his strength and fitness again.
It is difficult to put months or years of work into a horse and then for it to suddenly sustain an injury and be unable to work.
You so often feel like you are unable to progress with them.
But equally, the most rewarding thing about riding is that when you do see the horse improve and progress, all the work finally pays off.
My aims for 2013, in addition to continuing to compete in international junior and young rider dressage championships, are to complete my British Horse Society stage two and three exams, as well as to pass my German silver performance medal.
These all require both jumping and dressage, on top of a lot of revision on riding theory and stable management.