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Iden­ti­fy­ing the strengths and weak­nesses in your ca­reer your hobby your re­la­tion­ship etc. is a great skill to have. each of these facets of life re­quires flex­i­bil­ity and the abil­ity to as­sess what you’re good at what you can do bet­ter and some­times what you need as­sis­tance with. that last one can be a hard pill to swal­low—es­pe­cially if you have trou­ble ask­ing for help and want to be able to do ev­ery­thing your­self. (i speak from ex­pe­ri­ence. But i have of­ten found that once i ad­mit that i’m not great at x yorz an di find some­one who is it makes my life so much eas­ier.

this month Olympian sue Blinks takes a look at this topic in “Cre­at­ing ex­cel­lence” on p. 24. in this two-part se­ries Blinks re­views seven qual­i­ties that rid­ers need to ac­quire on their road to suc­cess from what it means to be an ef­fec­tive horse trainer to how to de­velop peo­ple skills. while there are some rid­ers who pos­sess all seven qual­i­ties (“we’re likely to find her on the podium” says Blinks there are oth­ers who may have five out of the seven or six out of the seven and for those folks Blinks of­fers sound ad­vice.

One of the seven pieces of the puz­zle she talks about is “the emo­tional As­pect.” Blinks says that when faced with a dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tion—a re­sis­tant horse who lacks for­ward­ness or what­ever sit­u­a­tion your horse presents—you have to re­tain your emo­tional sta­bil­ity. she stresses that pos­i­tive emo­tions need to rule your horse life. “it’s im­por­tant to be a per­son who learns from mis­takes and turns fail­ure into growth” says Blinks. All rid­ers have dis­ap­point­ments but her phi­los­o­phy is that you’re al­lowed to be dis­ap­pointed and go into the fe­tal po­si­tion for 24 hours but you can’t linger there. you need to carry on with pos­i­tive think­ing and a new ap­proach. Be sure you don’t miss this ar­ti­cle—it’s des­tined to be­come a DT fa­vorite.

Also this month is an ar­ti­cle about Adult Ama­teurs who have learned their strengths and used them to ex­cel at the top level of the sport. most ama­teurs jug­gle their love of horses with fam­i­lies and ca­reers tak­ing lessons af­ter long hours at work and work­ing long hours in or­der to af­ford their love and yet an­other horse show. On top of the self-in­flicted de­mands many Adult Ama­teurs also deal with pre­con­ceived no­tions about their abil­ity to suc­ceed in the show ring. so free­lance writer Jen­nifer Keeler spoke with two suc­cess­ful ama­teurs Alice tar­jan of Old­wick new Jer­sey and Char­lotte Jorst of reno ne­vada (Jorst is now a pro­fes­sional about how they’ve han­dled the crit­i­cisms and taken what they know to be their strengths and put them to good use. you can read their sto­ries on p. 42.

we hope this is­sue helps you iden­tify your strengths and weak­nesses and how you can work with them both.

un­til next time

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