Overtaking Other Riders
Experienced riders learn to develop “eyes in the backs of their heads” to navigate traffic safely and smoothly. Until you reach that point, you may find it helpful to have your trainer or another helper serve as your eyes on the ground. Ask her to stand outside the arena and let you know what riders around you are doing. For example, she could call out loud to you, “It looks like this rider on the gray is going to turn across the diagonal, so make a circle.”
Speaking of speaking up, if another competitor is behaving in an extremely inconsiderate or dangerous manner, don’t be afraid to bring it to the ring steward’s attention. It’s the officials’ job to monitor the warm-up arenas and remind riders to be more con-
Even though Hannah has plenty of space to pass me on the outside track, she calls out, “On your right,” as she approaches me. This common courtesy prevents me from being caught by surprise and from unwittingly drifting into her lane. As she passes, I will turn to look over my shoulder to acknowledge her presence and check that I’m still maintaining two horse widths between us.