Countdown to the Ring

T-MINUS 30 DAYS 1. Stage a “test” performance Riding under pressure is a skill. Like any skill, it needs to be practiced. Would you rather walk into the ring hoping you won’t crumble, or knowing you can cope? Simulating the competition experience can give you an idea of where you are with your showing skills ahead of time. 2. Create some pressure Invite people to your test performance. If you can, invite a lot of people whose opinion you value highly to watch you do your thing. Crank up that pressure until you can feel the heat. Maybe jump a bigger course or do a harder dressage test. 3. Decide on your pre-performance ritual and practice using it A pre-performance ritual is something you use just before entering the ring. Its purpose is to connect you with that confident, capable part of yourself that knows exactly what to do. You…

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