The problem with pursuing perfection

The problem with pursuing perfection

Hi my name is Andrea and I’m recovering perfectionist. Just kidding. But in all seriousness I often joke about the fact that I’m a perfectionistic overachiever. Within the equine world, dressage riders are often known for being the detail-oriented  perfectionists. And similar things are often 

Confidence

Confidence

I should preface this by saying that I have never been a confident person either in or out of the saddle. But I’ve been thinking a lot about confidence recently. Not the type of confidence that sees you standing down your fears. Nor is it 

When you cannot back yourself

When you cannot back yourself

The last few days have been a whirlwind and gave me one very important lesson. Pick a person who backs you even when you don’t feel able to back yourself. It’s probably not entirely clear how a dressage competition and realising just how lucky I 

What your horse cares about

What your horse cares about

This post was originally posted on my Instagram account @the_sand_arena_ballerina I’ve seen comments from people recently that have been bugging me a bit. It’s this idea of letting your horse down by not being a good enough rider or not being committed enough.I recently had a week where I rode a grand total of 

Confession time – My worst habit as a horse rider

Confession time – My worst habit as a horse rider

Ok guys, I’m taking a leaf out of A Timid Rider’s book and I’m confessing. It’s about my worst habit as a rider. No it’s not about the fact that even after riding for twenty years I still frequently pick up the wrong diagonal on the 

Five ways to turn a bad ride around

Five ways to turn a bad ride around

We’ve all been there, the bad ride that turns into a bad week of rides. When your having a challenging time in the saddle, its easy to get stuck in a rut. Here are five strategies to help you turn a bad ride, or a 

The Ups and the Downs

The Ups and the Downs

I had a funny blog post all set to share tonight, but instead I want to talk about something else – the ups and the downs of this sport. As some of you may have seen from my most recent blog I’ve had a funny 

What will matter in the end?

What will matter in the end?

The past week has been a challenging one. I’ve been running on a little less sleep than what I arguably need, work has been full on and I have a partner who has been sick with a bout of gastro. It’s pretty unsurprising that I’ve 

The year I fell in love with competing

The year I fell in love with competing

In 2015, I fell in love with competing and in doing so, I fell in love with dressage all over again. While this may not seem like a big revelation, for me it is. Throughout 2014, I questioned whether I would ever compete again as 

Comparisons & Equestrians

Comparisons & Equestrians

I have long compared myself to other riders. The hallmark of these comparisons has been a sense of not good enough-ness. In years gone by I’ve felt the need to justify where I am on my journey in comparison to others. My sense of self-worth