It’s a long way from Leyland, Lancashire to the Equestrian Village in Wellington Florida but that is the life journey British show jumper Amanda Derbyshire has made. And it is not finished…she has her sights set on the Olympics in Tokyo 2020. I had the opportunity to speak with Amanda recently about her journey. But before I get to that I’d like to show you this video of Amanda riding Roulette on the Derby field in Wellington . The riders will have had the opportunity to walk this course. Each rider will know the horse they will be riding and know the length of the horse’s stride, what fences will be easier for their horse and which will be harder. The rider will decide how many strides will be needed in the jump combinations and where they can make tighter turns to save time. In this video at minute 1:46 watch how Amanda takes a tight turn and rides on to the next fence. This is the gutsy riding that can lead to show jumper glory.
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