Who’s on My Team?

A Team. That is what you need in competitive sport. For athletes going to the Olympics that team will be a bigger one than I need but I need a team nonetheless.  So who is on my team?

MY HUSBAND

David is willing to get up at 4am and drive me to the show grounds to start grooming and braiding if I have an early ride time. Other things he does: makes sandwiches, brings a cooler with cold drinks, refills Biasini’s water buckets, looks after our little dog Tia, and is just generally supportive.

    MY COACHES

In Florida for the winter season I train with Luis Reteguiz Denizard. He’s Lou to his friends.  He will warm me up before I go into the ring and will be there for a de-brief after my ride.  If he is also showing himself and is not able to warm me up then I will be expected to tell him how the warm up went, how the test went and we will discuss the plan for the next day’s showing or the plan for what we will work on at home. I have trained with Lou for eight years now . I started with him at  USDF First Level with my horse Tommie.  So we have come a long way together.

 

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The de-brief with Lou Denizard

 

At home I train with Belinda Trussell. My horse Biasini was trained by Belinda from a youngster so I could not have asked for a better start for him. When showing at home Belinda will warm me up and watch my ride and then we will have the post ride de-brief. When I am showing in Florida I will send her texts to let her know how the show is going .  I am very fortunate that she and Lou communicate well and so the transfer from one to the other is pretty much seamless.

 

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The de-brief with Belinda Trussell

 

 

 

HORSE CARE ASSISTANTS

Unlike many people who show in Florida I do not have a full time groom. Nor do I have a part time groom or even an anytime groom. But I do have the assistance of Lou’s professionals Lindsay Dance Sanderson and Ene Gorrotxa.  They make all the difference to David and me because they look after the duties of stall cleaning and feeding. That means that if I have a later ride time I do not have to be at the show at the crack of dawn to feed and then have to muck out the stall . Or if my ride time is early I can go home after lunch and Biasini will be given a hand walk and be fed and settled for the evening and his feeds for night check and breakfast will be prepared and left out for the  Equine Nanny service that checks on the horses through the night.

At home Erin Haug has helped with looking after Biasini in the early morning before I get to the show.  David and I are Senior Citizens and this kind of help makes the difference between being able to show and not being able to show.

SUPPORTIVE FRIENDS

At my last show at White Fences my friend Nancy Kleiner, who is a judge, coach and trainer from Indiana who trains with Lou during the winter season, was my ‘eyes on the ground’ for my warm up when Lou was riding.  Given her level of expertise in dressage I am very confident  that Nancy can give me the right pointers to take with me into the ring. Also she is a very positive person and positive people are the ONLY people to have around when showing.

SPORT PSYCHOLOGIST

I am only an amateur so why would I need a sport psychologist?  Couldn’t I just keep calm and carry on? Well, yes, of course I could. But I am 67 years old and I do not have decades stretching ahead of me to train and show at the level I am at now. I want to enjoy my training and my showing. I want my head to be in the right place so that I can enjoy the excitement of showing, deal well with the frustrations of showing, and bring my A Game to each test for myself and also for my horse Biasini. So this year I started to work with Dirk Stroda , a mental coach.  Dirk has been the mental coach for Equestrian Canada through the World Equestrian Games, Pan Am Games and The Rio Olympics. There is no doubt in my mind that he has helped me to be more positive, more efficient and more stress free and therefore having a better time both training and showing.

So those are the members of My Team! I thank all of you for your help and support. Without  my team I would not be showing. It is as simple as that.

 

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Left to right: My husband David, Friend Nancy Kleiner, Biasini and me and coach Lou Denizard.

 

 

 

28 Comments Add yours

  1. I want you to enjoy all that life has to offer for your shows!..This is incredible and you are so fortunate!You’re such an outstanding woman Anne. Thus uplifting. All the best for your shows and thank you for sharing…

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  2. I wish you all the best for your shows!

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  3. Anne i wish you best of luck for your shows and really you are quite lucky😊

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you. I am grateful for the good fortune in my life and I give thanks every day. And thanks to you for the follow!

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      1. I wish you do the same for me too that’s follow😝😝

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  4. Alli Farkas says:

    67 is the new 47. Carry on! And think of Laura Graves while you’re caring for your own horse…she still does most of the grunt work for Verdades herself. Maybe that adds a critical aspect to their partnership?

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    1. anne leueen says:

      I agree that it does add to the partnership with the horse. Also I find it relaxing to do the grooming and braiding before the test and the bathing afterwards. And at 67 I feel in great shape. Never better really. But I do think it s important to be realistic about endurance and I want to save my energy for the riding. Thanks for your nice comment .

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      1. Alli Farkas says:

        Totally get it. I’ve only got you beat by one year… 🙂

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      2. anne leueen says:

        We are both good vintages.

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      3. Alli Farkas says:

        Forgot (!) to mention I got the 2016 USDF Yearbook today and saw the photo of you and Biasini–congrats on the silver medal and the Master’s Challenge awards!!

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  5. Now what more can be a better read for a ‘V-day’ occasion? This was such an adorable read. 🙂

    Many wishes.. 🙂 There is a supportive company out there!

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  6. Absolutely wonderful!
    I love it that you’ve stayed for so long with this trainer, and Belinda too – it’s clear signs the fit is just right!
    Now, do tell dear, how does hubby stay entertained dieing these shows?
    Of course, helping, supporting, snacking, relaxing, I get all of that. But still, for someone who’s not a horse person I know the hours can get loooong.
    Any tips for how to get my husband to stick it out for more than 40 minutes? 😉

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    1. anne leueen says:

      My husband David says this: video the test, have a small dog to walk around the showgrounds. And enjoy people watching. From me I can tell you he takes a nap in our truck and I give him a list that has my timetable on it. Then he knows exactly what is happening when ( ie if he will be needed or can go for a coffee) David is also very social. At the last show he would sit with the grooms and horse husbands over lunch ( I was with my rider friends) and he got them to form a Union of grooms and Horse Husbands. They were going to demand higher wages for reading tests etc! He says that if he has jobs he is given then he feels he is part of it and not just an observer. He also says if your husband wants tostart a California chapter of the union he can give him some tips!!!!

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      1. I love it!! The Horse Husband’s Union. Scared of them though… The demands might just increase, better hours, more perks and time off 🙂

        My husband first would need a lesson in socializing, while I’ll talk to just about anyone at the showgrounds, he’d rather hide in the back – well, until it’s time for him to leave after 40 minutes of course. I think my first step may have to be to hook him up with another horse husband friend, so he can see how it’s done 🙂

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      2. anne leueen says:

        I have another friend whose husband has a horse husband support group! They meet for dinner once a month!

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      3. I need to step up my game!!!

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  7. Wow, you are well organised. It’s good to have people around you who know what they are doing. That’s the only way you can give your all in the ring! Awesome!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Yes it helps me a great deal and reduces my stress level which is important! Thanks for stopping by,

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      1. I agree, the stress level is very important because the animals, in your case horse, feels your stress and reacts on it without you even noticing it.

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  8. Avery says:

    This is great and you are so fortunate! My fav pic is the one of you, B, and Belinda. So relaxed

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you. I actually remember the test that I had just done before that photo was taken. Biasini had been rather opinionated and the two of us were laughing about it.

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  9. Nurul Lubis says:

    You’re having a great time.. You’re lucky, Anne 😊😊

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you! I think we are both lucky. I enjoy seeing all your travels to places I have not been to.

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  10. You’re such an admirable lady Anne. And so inspirational. All the best for your shows and thank you for sharing.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Many thanks Susmita for your kind words.

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      1. My pleasure. You deserve it.

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