First off, we would like to thank everyone for their support this year. We had a fantastic turn out and received enough donations to get us through another year. If you did not attend this years equestrian event, be sure to sign up to our mailing list so that you know when we will be holding our next one.
This years winner was Michelle Spencer. She is a first time competitor and therefore winner and did a fantastic job finishing in a record time. Stan Burger spoke to Michelle after shortly after her win, and she was happy to answer a few questions. You can read these below.
Congratulations… how are you feeling right now?
I am full of energy. It must be the adrenaline pumping through my body. I am so thankful to everyone that support me this year and I can’t put into words how happy I am to have won.
Who exactly are you thankful towards?
My husband has supported my interest in horses and I have spent many weekends away from home training. I am very grateful for his support. My dad is also an avid horse enthusiastic and rider and I suppose I am grateful towards him for sharing his passion with me and exposing me to horses when I was quite young.
How long have you been training?
As I said I have been riding horses since I was quite young. I first started when I was about 7 years old, but I did not do anything advanced until I was about 16. All up, my equestrian training is about 10 years. This has been on and off though and it is not like riding a bike. You really need to be comfortable with what you are doing otherwise you won’t push yourself to your limit.
Was the competition this year difficult?
I do not know about other years, but this year the competition was very difficult. There were a lot of fantastic riders some who I know personally. I want to thank Sara Cooper for her assistance this year and want to give her a big shout out. She was a fantastic rider this year and I wish her the best of luck next year.
Have you ever been involved in an equestrian competition before?
Yes. I used to live in California and was a member of a club out there that would regularly schedule competitions. They never had the turnout of this one though. I was very impressed to see the amount of people here and it was great to see how welcoming they were of my family. I had also never won before, and I felt that I did them proud.
Will we be seeing you next year?
Absolutely! I had an excellent time this year and will be training hard to improve my own skill next year. I think the guys know they are in for some competition, so everyone will be training hard this year ready for another event.
Any advice for those who are just starting out?
Yes. Be patient. Practice. Do not do more than you are able to do. It can be tempting to want to push yourself beyond your limits, but with horse riding you must be careful. It can be dangerous but incredibly rewarding. Also, ensure you work on your relationship with your horse. It is just as important that they like you as you like them.
Congratulations and best of luck in the future Michelle.
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