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Olivia's Guest Dressage Blog - 2017 comes to a close...

It’s great to be back blogging for eGlove as I start reflecting on my busy dressage season that is drawing to a close coming up to Christmas.

This year has been incredible. Mine and Worldly Wises partnership has developed more than I could have wished for. Every competition I have attended has been another opportunity to learn something new about my Will. For instance, looking back at the difference from Keysoe CDI to Hickstead CDI (four months apart) shows me how without the constant arena experience it wouldn’t have been possible to develop and move from getting average scores to ones that made me a contender at an international.

Other than junior internationals this season, we have been working towards our Young rider debut next year (PSG level). With the help of my amazing trainer David Trott, our hard work in training resulted in us winning the Petplan festival at PSG level. We are now waiting to hear if I will receive a wildcard for the finals next April, however this has all been valuable experience to kick start my Young rider qualification in January at Addington Manor.

Another focus in the last couple of months has been Dressage to Music at Advanced medium level. After my first try during Keysoe CDI, it made me realise another side to dressage that I wish I had done a long time ago! My music consisted of Pirates of the Caribbean and The Great Gatsby coupled with a challenging floor plan that in two outings qualified me for the regionals with two 68% scores. Recently, I have been working on a new floor plan for PSG level ready for internationals next season.

Other than a busy dressage season, in July I finished my A levels and got my grades for my first-choice university at The London Institute of Banking and Finance to start September 2018. This means I have a whole year of focusing on my horses, continuing my teaching and reaching my dream of attending the European Championships for Italy as well as a bit of traveling now I have the time.

However, all of my achievements wouldn’t be possible without the support of my sponsors, family and friends. I cannot thank you all enough for being right behind me with everything I’m lucky enough to be doing. I finished the 8th best Italian Junior rider and moved up 127 spaces in the world FEI rankings. My next big competition will be at Addington Premier League in January where I hope to achieve my two scores to attend Keysoe CDI 2018.

Until next time…

Olivia x