Featured Rider July 2019
AADA Featured Rider
Name: Jennifer Andrews
Currently living: Magnolia, Texas
Horse’s Name: Delilah
Horse Breed: Friesian Mare
Riding Age: 58
What or who inspired you to ride Dressage?
I am inspired by the bond between horse and rider. To be able to trust your horse and have them trust you is the ultimate goal and leads to greatness. This is done through fair and positive training, never through force or pain.
What is your occupation that allows you to ride?
What have been your best riding moments?
My best moments come when my horse and I are on the same page and achieve forward, light movement where the “tricks” become secondary and easy.
What have been you aha moments in training?
I have had many Aha moments. The first time I truly had control of my horse with my core and not my hands. The first time I felt a particularly effective half halt. The first time I realized that I could just let go and follow my horse and not be afraid.
What is the most difficult thing and riding dressage?
At this point in time I do not really have difficult times. I still struggle with nerves and have to force myself to relax on a daily basis so that I do not inadvertently transfer this to my horse. I never progress from warm up if I am feeling any kind of stress, both in myself and in my horse.
Which trainer(s) have you worked who have made the most differences to you and your horse(s)?
I can honestly say that I have learned something from everyone that I have trained with. I tend to focus my attention towards trainers who stay positive. For me, the key is how do I feel when I complete each ride? Do I feel inspired and ready for more, or do I feel exhausted and frustrated? I want to feel inspired every day.
Your Other Interests:
I spend my non-horsey time with grand kids and family. I also keep a saltwater aquarium with live corals. It takes up a bit of time.
What advice can you give other amateurs based on your experiences?
My only advice is to find a barn, trainer, horse, friends who inspire you to be your best. Remember that this is supposed to be fun and enriching. Do not try to ride above your abilities, but instead embrace the process and enjoy every day with your horse.
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