Mental Preparation

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Find Your Focus in the Dressage Show Ring

USDF gold medalist Kim Herslow explains how mental preparation can help you ride a better dressage test.

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Addressing Rider Fear: Part 1

What are you afraid of? Sport psychologist Jenny Susser, PhD, discusses the individual and personal nature of fear.

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Create a Predictable Place for Better Dressage Training

Olympian Sue Blinks explains how to create a safe harbor for your horse by developing feel and focus and defining your standard of performance.

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How to Reduce Your Stress Level in the Warm-Up Arena

Managing your stress involves how you prepare and how you recover.

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Energize Yourself to Perform in the Show Ring

Harness positive thinking to become a stronger competitor.

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Coping with Judgment While Riding

A sport psychologist's advice on how to ride your best, even with an audience.

Credit: Terri Miller At home, your training goal should be to have a very good ride every day. Then, at a show, just ride as well as you do at home.

Jan Ebeling: How to Prepare for Show-Ring Success

Pan Am Games gold medalist Jan Ebeling shares tips on preparing the horse for competition.

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Emotional Fitness for the Dressage Rider

Jenny Susser, PhD, explores the capacity to tolerate and manage emotional stress in the context of dressage.

Credit: Terri Miller Ebeling and Rafalca, a 14-year-old Oldenburg mare, competing two years later in 2011.

Overcoming Adversity in the Dressage Show Ring

Adversity in the show ring taught this top rider how to be a better athlete, trainer and competitor.