KATY KICKS OFF THE NEW YEAR WITH A NEW HORSE, NEW TRAINER AND SOME GREAT GOAL SETTING TIPS

Katy Thomas (Proffessional rider) kicks off 2014 in style and believes that having new goals and challenges in place is a great way to start. Her New Year starts with a new horse called Olly a 16.2hh German Warmblood who she has finally been able to buy after saving for what seems an age. Olly is her second serious competition horse who she will be competing along side Apollo during 2014

Katy continues with her New Year New Goals!
I hope you all had a lovely Christmas break and wish everyone a Happy New Year from everyone at Newfield Livery yard! 

Katy leaping oliver 1                                                                                                 Katy and Olly

I am really excited and so looking forward to what 2014 will bring, having set some big goals for this year I am hoping to make it to some championship shows and hopefully move up to 1.30s. 

Having goals is really important for every rider and yes it can be exciting and even slightly overwhelming when entering a new year with new challenges in place. It is always great to have something to work towards but If you’re like me, finding the 'dream' is the easiest part, its the planning of all the hard work and placing your focus on the important things that helps you achieve the dream.

If you don't have a coach or instructor, working towards a goal can be quite difficult, but not impossible. I believe it’s really important that you give yourself and your horse a lot of small short term achievable goals, which hopefully builds towards your dream goal.
Katy and Apollo                                                                                                                                                                
Riding is meant to be fun. It’s a sport we all enjoy with the animals we love, so it is important that this year you make your training fun and productive. Keep your dream goal in mind and choose lots of exercises to help you build towards that goal. 

Having access to a good instructor or coach is really important, so if you can I would always advise having lessons, each horse and each rider is different, so it’s great to be able to discuss your riding goals with someone who has experience of being in your situation and has eyes on the ground. 

I have been very lucky in having some fantastic teachers and recently begun working with Matthew Sampson who is based at Parklands Equestrian Centre. 

Matt has recently returned home from competing in Europe where he had a lot of success. He has been a huge help in assisting me find my new horse Olly and I am now having regular lessons with him.
(Matt will also be supporting me by providing you all with a Riding Top Tip in each of my monthly articles.(read Matt's tip at the bottom of this article) 

The biggest tip I can give in assiting you meet your personal goals this year is to just get on and ride. A lot of people can fall into the trap, where they do too much thinking and not enough riding. Although planning is great, it is also really important to remember to just get on and go. 

Don't feel that you always have to stick rigidly to guidelines and routine. If you feel you and your horse are ready for something bigger and better by early spring, then simply go for it, and if you don't feel ready, then give yourself and your horse time by adding an extra few weeks to get it right. 

Katie teaching
Goal setting is not something that is written in stone, you should see them as your flexible friend and depending on your situation they should allow you time to constantly re assess and even change if required. 

Whatever your plans are for this year, I wish you the very best of luck and hope you manage to accomplish some of your dream goals.

Matthew SampsonMatthew’s Tip of the Month: 

Make sure your horse is ready to achieve the goals you are setting of him as well as thinking about your goals as the rider. To progress together it is important that you know your horse well and only ask as much of him as he is capable, comfortable and happy with at the time of asking!



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