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A young rider's roller coaster through life with horses

August 27th, 2021 | Village: Joakim Krassman

Stephanie started at riding school when she was three years old and she dreamed of becoming a rider or a veterinarian. On her 6th birthday, Stephanie borrowed a Shetland pony because the family's finances were not enough to buy her own pony. The Shetland pony Whippen became Stephanie's teacher as she ended up competed up to national level in dressage and she was also granted an exemption to qualify for the Swedish Championships with him.

After growing out of Whippen, the family had to borrow a jump b-pony Beauty that she herself did not want as for the first six months she could not handle her in the stable. In the end, after a lot of hard work and many tears, she set her own goal of qualifying for the Swedish Championships and not coming last.

When the day came and the result was second last, Stephanie was very pleased. During these years, Stephanie rode several ponies owned by others. When her father tragically passed away, the farm was sold.

She now bought her own first pony. The D-pony Tequila with spavin but that worked more than well. She feels that her riding career started here. Teguila needed to be ridden every day to prevent her spavin and Stephanie was given the honour of riding the Swedish Championships every year between 2011-2014. In 2012 she started in Falsterbo, Globen and Germany.

In 2013 she was selected for the European Championships but eventually someone else got the place as they scored more points.

She also got the opportunity to ride the pony Inspired Justice and won the Young Pony Championship with as a 4-year-old, 5-year-old and came two as a 6-year-old. She still feels a great gratitude to the horse owner Malin Myhrmann that she was given the opportunity to ride such a nice pony.

Tequila was sold and Stephanie lost some of the spark for riding. However, she then bought her first big horse, a 3-year-old but which she unfortunately had to sell as a 4-year-old due to family reasons.

Stephanie then took a 100% horse break and spent the time building herself up with amazing support from her siblings where she also got to live. She graduated and then started working at the supermarket. As she sat at the counter, a former acquaintance, horse breeder Görel Nyman, showed up regularly and tried to lure Stephanie back to the saddle again. Stephanie said thanks for asking again and again, but no thanks.

This went on for a year or so but in the end it was something that made her go away and ride anyway and it all ended with a big smile.

She started riding 4-7 horses a day at Görel at the same time as she started to get tired of working at the supermarket. A friend of Görel's worked as a dentist and Stephanie got the chance to come and practice, which resulted in her now studying to be a dental nurse.

She now has one year left on her studies but still rides 4-7 horses a day. Stephanie, like many others, has not had a simple childhood and we ask her what her tips are for young riders today:

  1. Focus on the possibilities, not the problems. Everything from a horse you're toiling with to finding other adults to talk to if you don't have parents to turn to.
  2. Train for someone new when you feel like you're standing still. Preferably for someone you don't really "dare" train for.
  3. Challenge yourself, even if you can't afford to buy your own horse, dare to dream and believe in yourself, be your best self.
  4. Create target images. I've always put target pictures in my head. From short realistic goals to big dream goals that have sometimes been unrealistic goals. Write these down if it works better for you."

Stephanie's dream is to work with horses full-time and to become a Grand Prix rider in the future and to continue to train young horses.

Stephanie's own arrangement is to train once a month for trainers where she asks to bring five homework and train herself until the next training session. She describes herself as an emotion-driven rather than results-driven rider. Rather train a year on a horse without competing until she feels that feeling is there.

She rides dressage two days a week on her horses and the rest she rides out, jumps one day a week etc. She still enjoys riding a pony from time to time.

She sees herself as a real planning freak. Hippcrate's system proStable and the new whiteboard planning for each horse's activity give her a calm as it is not always herself who performs all the activities on the 7-9 horses she is responsible for per day when the school must be allowed to take her time.

Of course she wants to be a skilled rider and ride the Olympics and world championships but that's a bonus. The most important thing, as I said, is that the feeling is good.

Hippocrates ProStable has really become a helping hand for me in the daily work with the horses. It helps me with:

– To get a structured training schedule for the horses that I have in training. Where the owners can see the arrangement of the individual horse and be involved in what the horse does.

– To have full control of everything administratively around the horses such as the horse's temperature, when it is time for vaccinations and other information that is important to know when you are not there.

Planning is incredibly important to me. It takes a huge amount of planning and structure in everyday life to be able to train against the goals I have together with the horses, which proStable helps me with. I am a control freak when it comes to my bet and the horses I have in training so being able to take notes around each horse is very important to me. Then I will always be able to go back and see if there have been any changes that make, for example, the horse a little more alert for a certain time or if it has been a small uphill climb and what might have caused this.

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