What is the best part of being a rider and trainer?
Nowadays I have become far more a trainer than a rider. I think that as a trainer, my favourite thing is to analyse a rider/horse combination, ask the client which are his/her goals and then create and apply a sustainable strategy to deliver these goals.
You have students all over the world, tell us how Ridesum helps you in your everyday work?
I have lived in my life in Italy, Portugal, Belgium, France, London, Sweden, New York, etc and therefore have trained riders all over the world. Ridesum gave me the possibility to reconnect and train again these riders. More particularly during this Corona time, Ridesum has allowed me to continue training all my Swedish clients even if I was in lockdown in Belgium.
What qualities do you think is necessary to become a good rider?
Before anything consistency and mental strength and balance; also, patience, determination and empathy/sensibility.
You have been coaching a lot of digital sessions this month, do you have any tips for our other Ridesum trainers?
In May, I will reach 100 lessons by Ridesum. I would recommend the trainers to help the riders to overcome their fear of being trained digitally by explaining them thoroughly how easy it is and helping them to install the app.
What’s the biggest challenge with being self-employed in the equestrian sport?
I suppose the challenge is financial most of the time for many, and also the obligation to adapt to the availability of the riders, that provokes very long days of work.
Who inspires you and why?
Late Nuno Oliveira for his art; dressage olympian Tinneke Bartels and Imke Schellekens-Bartels, for so many reasons; late cellist Jaqueline Du Pré; my partner Jamie who is an utterly exceptional human being in so many ways (and a very cute one 😊)