For our Final Rider of the Month segment, we are excited to have had the opportunity to interview Avery Griesemer our first American-based rider for the series. We have followed Avery and her incredible horse Shes Epic competing and knew she’d have so interesting insights to share.
In this interview Avery shares insights on their journey, from finding inspiration, to overcoming challenges in achieving significant milestones like their first Grand Prix. Avery’s perspective provides a glimpse into the passion, dedication, and lessons learned in the dynamic sport of show jumping.
1.What inspired you to pursue this Show Jumping as a discipline?
My first horse and trainer till this day are my biggest inspiration. I started out riding western and the show jumping trainer at my barn was eager to get me to try jumping, I only have in because I fell in love with a horse that was a jumper, and it all fell into place.
2.Can you share a memorable moment or achievement in your show jumping career that stands out to you?
My first Grand Prix is without a doubt my biggest achievement. Making it under the lights and proving everyone wrong not only about myself, but my horse. Doing right by everyone who has been by my side and had my back through all of the hardships. Going through so much to get to that point made it that much more special for me.
3.What qualities do you look for in a successful show jumping horse, and how do you develop a strong partnership?
A horse with a big heart and will to please is so important to me. I believe that a good partnership takes time and patience, and being able to meet your horse in the middle is the key.
4.How do you prepare both mentally and physically before a competition, and do you have any specific rituals or routines?
I’ve always been very focused before my classes, and I’m lucky to never really have been nervous, but excited to show. I just make sure I’m prepared and focused on both myself and my horse. Being well prepared is what’s most important.
5.In the fast-paced environment of show jumping, how do you handle pressure and stay focused in the ring?
Taking your time and not rushing even when you may feel pressure from others is easier said than done, but it’s something you learn over time and experience. Taking your time will help you focus on the task at hand.
6.Are there specific training techniques or exercises that you find particularly effective in improving your performance as a show jumper?
Flat work is in my opinion the most important part of jumping. There is so much flat work before, in between, and after the jumps. When you have good flat work, you and your horse will be much more in tune with each other in and out of the ring.
7.What advice would you give to aspiring show jumping riders who are looking to excel in the sport?
Don’t let one thing get you down! Nothing is personal. It’s all about how you take it. Be willing to fail and learn from it. Once you can do that, you’ll be able to let go of the negativities that make this sport so mentally challenging.
8.Who is the rider you admire the most and look up to?
I’ve never had a rider in particular that I look up to, but instead, I think every rider has a quality to admire and look up to! Everyone has a different way of handling things, in and out of the ring, and on and off of the horses!
9.How do you approach course analysis, and what factors do you consider when strategising your ride in a competition?
I try to learn my course before I walk it, and if I can watch the riders before me to see how it rides for the type of horse they have and apply it to my own. Knowing the track you need to take depending on your horse's stride and adjustability is something I try to find in all of my lines and approaches as well.
10.As a show jumper, how do you balance the competitive nature of the sport with the well-being and care of your horses?
It’s all about doing what is best for your horse. You know your horse better than anyone. There will be days or weeks where your horse is tired and you may need to take a step back from showing. As hard as it is, your horse will thank you for it, and compete even better the next time around.
11.What is your favourite Equine Culture product?
My favorite is definitely the shirt! It’s a great sturdy material and is suitable for any kind of weather! It keeps you warm and can keep you cool as well!
We would like to thank Avery for taking the time to do this interview, to follow her journey click the link blow.