Featured Rider May 2019
AADA Featured Rider
Name: Alana Andrews
Currently living: Green Township New Jersey
Horse’s Name: Lord Snow
Horse Breed: Oldenburg
Riding Age: I started riding at 5 years old. Though took a break from 18-30
What or who inspired you to ride Dressage?
I do not come from a “horsey” family, and have not really had any support in that way for my ambitions which makes it a bit difficult. But I have a great support system at my barn and through great friends. I am inspired by the dance, learning the training scale and building up my horses from young ages. I’m motivated to instill proper training through classic methodology geared to the individual idiosyncrasies of each of my horses.
What is your occupation that allows you to ride?
What have been your successes in the show ring?
As an amateur, my first recognized shows where with my two oldest horses at Global, my first time ever in Wellington. We earned some blues at training and first level.. that was a major fuel to my fire! Both of those horses are now retired/ into other things in life, though still with me at my barn. I love taking my new young horses to their first shows, and building the relationships with them that will hopefully allow us to succeed at the upper levels!
What have been you aha moments in training?
Sometimes you need to let go. It has NEVER benefit me or my horse to hold them back. Especially a hot horse. So sometimes we gallop lol, and just have some fun. Sometimes we jump so we can laugh and just get out of the same routine. An unhappy horse wont want to work with you, so sometimes whatever I may have in mind for the day gets scrapped and we do something to reset the brain.
What is the most difficult thing and riding dressage?
Getting back into riding after a long break. It’s been 7/8 years now, but there has been a major learning curve. And I also love a challenge, my passion is young horses, correct basics and foundation, and allowing them to teach me as much as I am teaching them.
Which trainer(s) have you worked who have made the most differences to you and your horse(s)?
I’ve worked with several trainers that all had positive impacts on my riding and ability to think for myself and read the horse. It has always been important to me to be able to no be dependent on a trainer but instead to be able to call upon a coach to tune up things that I know can be better!.
Your Other Interests?
Architecture, art, history and most recently dog training! I also really love interior design!
What advice can you give other amateurs based on your experiences?
Listen to your horse, and dont be afraid to take a step back and reset. Give yourself the permission to know you dont know it all and can find a better way. And mostly, spend time watching your horse- In the field, in their stall, look into their eyes. That quiet time with them is irreplaceable.
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