Our last podcast for 2021 is sponsored by the Boehringer Ingelheim. In this episode, Stephanie and Aviva wrap up the year, and Aviva answers a two-part question about dealing with nerves prior to a competition, whether it be judging or showing. Then Stephanie talks with up-and-coming dressage star AnnA Buffini.
AnnA, who lives in San Diego, CA, made a statement in dressage as a young rider. In 2014, she rode her Dutch Warmblood gelding Sundayboy to wins in the FEI Young Rider Team and Individual Tests at the U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions. That same year, they were members of the gold-medal team at the North American Youth Championships. She placed first and second in the USEF 2016 Young Adult Brentina Cup Dressage National Championship with Sundayboy and Wilton II, respectively. At the 2019 USEF Festival of Champions, she came back with Wilton II to win the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle 16-25 en route to becoming Brentina Cup Reserve National Champion. The last two years she has been competing her Hanoverian mare FRH Davinia La Douce at the Grand Prix level, including her first trip to Europe this past summer.