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11 September 2017
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13 July 2017
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Equidays Top Talent Competition

Equidays Top Talent Competition...Epic experience!! Nothing I had tried to imagine it would be like was even close. We watch performers with their horses and don't think too much about the atmosphere because we aren't out there. But take a 5yo horse from Dunedin, who's had a bit of life experience but not so much exposure to a lot of people, who is very sensitive and responsive to my energy alone, put her into a packed arena with the energy of a lots of people and it hits home very quickly what a massive deal it is for them!!

I have learned SO much about what is required now, and I'm incredibly grateful to Equidays and the Wilson Sisters for putting this together and giving us this amazing opportunity.

At our 15 minute rehearsal on Friday night, Maverick was not able to cope with the lights and music. He was anxious and unable to stay focused on me. It was obvious to me that this was too soon for him, it's one of those situations where you don't know how they will handle it until you get in there. He was perfect at home and away from home, but I did know we hadn't had a lot of time to train things and have them solid, so in his best interests I decided it was not fair to put him in that situation and pulled him out.

Zefir on the other hand was ok with it, so I had to think a bit about what I would do with Maverick out now.

The night rolled around, and she was her normal self, We got ready and were just warming up with the other ladies outside the arena while the showjumping wound up, when Vicki (Wilson) popped out and said we could go in for a couple of minutes and walk them around. That was an amazing opportunity and it was a blessing for me.

When we rode into the arena Zefir was blown away and so was I, the energy hit us like a wave it was that intense. You don't realise until you go into that situation with your own horse whom you know so well what a massive deal it is for them. Zefir felt like she was ready to explode and I was barely keeping a lid on her. I hopped off and walked her around quietly for the 2 minutes but she was still on high alert.

As we went back outside I thought "Shit, this is going to be interesting!".... We were third to go and had about a 25 min wait so I went down the the practice area in the pitch dark and rode a few hundred transitions lol until we were back to normal and then quietly waited outside for our turn. I felt strangely calm, I'd had to make so many changes to my original plan, that I just needed to keep it together and think calmly about the things she could do well, knowing that it would probably be hard to keep her attention in there.

In we went, every ones eyes on us, back into the intense and electric atmosphere... I took the halter off, cued the music and we were into it. I opted to take Zefir round to the box first and let her stand there a bit, because it was familiar for her and I thought it might help her settle and take it in. "Stick with me buddy" I said, "We can do this"

Zefir did stick with me as we went through our liberty and bridleless . A few things didn't work, but I just moved on and other things that did. It wasn't as impressive as it would have been with Mav there, but sometimes you just have to roll with the punches. It was a very special few minutes we shared. For me horsemanship is about connecting to the inside of the horse, to their mind and emotions, and the quality of that connection will show on the outside in their physical body, through their softness, expression and freedom of movement. I am incredibly proud of Zefir and her composure under that amount of pressure, she is a wee champion in my eyes :)

For the judges Vicki Wilson, Warwick Schiller and Pia Steers to give me the feedback they did, showed that they could see what I am trying to achieve was present in Zefir...for me personally, that was a win :)

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Louisa Andrew
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