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eventing

Rider: Rebecca, Eventing
Horse: Libby, ISH Mare 15.3hh 8yo

Background: Rebecca has been eventing for several years. She bought her mare, Liberty Bell III as an unbroken 5 year old. Rebecca backed and produced Libby herself taking her through the levels from BE80 to BE100 before working with Helen.

Session Type: Skype

Goals: To help overcome anxiety in the showjumping phase to improve her performance and results.
How Helen helped: Helen gave Rebecca techniques to help her reduce anxiety, improve her confidence and focus throughout the showjumping. She helped Rebecca improve her mental preparation by setting clear goals and creating visualisation routines. Helen also developed a rider success formula for Rebecca to use at ODEs and at CCI 1* events to help her remain confident and focused.

Results: Following her first 2 sports psychology sessions, Rebecca stepped up from BE100 to Novice level for the first time and earned her first BE point towards a CCI 1* qualification. In the next 6 Novice runs, Rebecca achieved a top 10 finish at 4 events by applying the techniques Helen gave her to help her control her anxiety and focus. Within 2 months of stepping up to Novice level, Rebecca had earned sufficient BE points to qualify for the CCI 1* at Osberton and she finished the season achieving her goal for the 2015 season. This was a big achievement because Rebecca was attempting Novice and CCI 1* qualification for the first time. It was also the first time that her horse had been asked to perform at that level.
What Rebecca said at the end of the 2015 season: “As a result of working with Helen, I’ve improved my show jumping performance at competitions and after stepping up to Novice level, I’ve achieved several double clears which has enabled me to qualify for my first 1* event at Osberton. It has completely changed my performance and competition results for the better because the techniques I’ve learnt have helped me ride to the best of my ability. These techniques have proven to be so valuable that I will be using them in the rest of my competing career.”
During the 2016 season, Rebecca completed her second CC1* event at Houghton Hall International Horse Trials achieving new personal best scores in the dressage and showjumping phases. She jumped double clear to achieve an impressive placing of 33rd out of 76.