We caught up with local showjumper Rebecca Daniel to talk us through her routine on the build up to a show.
I’m Rebecca Daniel and I’m a 22 year old Show-Jumper based in the West Midlands. I have two horses Euro and Noble which I’m out competing every weekend across the country, as well as competing most weekends I am also one of the selected riders to be on the academy at Hartpury College where I’m currently studying, this has helped me enormously with having valuable training through this fantastic opportunity.
Euro is my main horse (and my pride and joy) then we have the newest member of my team an exciting 5year old called Noble who is quite a character to say the least!
For me, the preparation before shows is very important to make sure both the horses and I are ready to compete, so gridwork and hacking are my main ridden exercises during a week, before a big show at the weekend. I like to make sure the horses are allowed a couple of relaxed days work and I think hacking is really good for this, I can use the hills to help build muscle as well as having a blast across the common (Very lucky to be able to ride for miles on the common and the Malvern Hills) which the horses love too! Gridwork has worked wonders for my baby (Noble) teaching him to stay straight, and stay elastic when jumping. I also use Gridwork exercises for my more experienced horse Euro to keep him focused and snappy.
The Hardy Etc range is perfect for not only training and competitions, but all weather conditions too; not to mention it looks super smart and everyone likes a matchy set no matter what discipline you participate in! We certainly do …