The best advice I can give you is to keep up your good work ethic, not only while showing, but also behind the scenes. Working hard not only sets you up for success, but it also allows you to know in your mind that you put it all on the table.
Every person is striving to win. The way you go about it is what defines you as a competitor. Make sure to work hard and listen to words of advice from your support team. Your trainers are as committed to your success as you are. Each one will teach you valuable skills.
Push your limits in practice, and most importantly enjoy what you do. Keeping your mental game strong helps you have a clear mind going into each competition.
Once your work pays off, either with a World Championship or other wins, make sure to keep working. Whatever you accomplish, take time to enjoy the moment. Life goes by so fast, so appreciate and acknowledge what you have done. You have earned it.
Never lose your love of the sport. If you accomplish this, you will never work a day in your life.
Lastly, love your horse every chance you get. Be the person he thinks you are. He won’t be there forever, so take advantage of every day.
Next up in Letters to my Younger Self is Madison Nirestein. Stay tuned…