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The final entry from Asmar equestrian-sponsored rider, Sophie Wells, from the Frankfurt 2011 Young Riders World Cup Final

Asmar equestrian-sponsored rider, Sophie Wells, recently attended the Frankfurt 2011 Young Riders World Cup Final in Germany, which was held from 16 – 18 December 2011. We have been serialising her diary entries, and this is the final entry.

The day of the kur, or dressage to music, and I was drawn first – typical, but my own fault as I had to draw the ball out of the hat!! But i’m all about setting the standard on the day as that’s something we cannot control! Noki felt good warming up, and when we went around the arena, it was really buzzing in there as it was a Saturday evening and many people had come to watch. When Noki heard his music he got a little excited, which was lovely because he does love his music, but it did ‘up’ him 3 gears. It caused a few mistakes, however it was an amazing opportunity to be put in that situation, being exposed to it and to experience it, and I have no doubt we will have come out of it stronger. We dropped one place in the freestyle to 7th, but in the scheme of things, being the World Cup final, I was very pleased with it. The judges were all very complimentary about us, and obviously we are different, with me being a para rider at an able bodied major competition; however we seemed to be received really well.

Noki really showed off in the prize giving doing the biggest extended trot I’ve ever sat on, he felt incredible. I’m so pleased he enjoyed it too, as I so enjoyed it, and I’m glad it didn’t stress him out, he looked very pleased with himself after. Ann Kathrin Linsenhoff had arranged for each rider to have a photo printed for when we came out of the prize giving in a specially engraved photo frame, which I gave to Noki’s owners Jackie and Neil, as they have allowed me to ride him and are so supportive. We went out for a celebratory meal that night with them before they had to fly back home and it really was lovely, I really appreciate all the hard work everybody who supported me out there, Jackie, Neil , Ange and Mark, had done and made it such an enjoyable and memorable trip.

I feel it has been great preparation ahead of London 2012 this year and our campaign for it will get under way now. I am trying to look at my finances to see whether it is possible and figure out where would be the best to be based next year. Angela Weiss has been amazing in her training, and help and support over all the years she has helped me, and I feel basing with her in the run up to London will give more continuity and enable her to overlook every aspect of training and care of the horses for next year. We are a fantastic team and I couldn’t do it without her!

Sunday morning we did some shopping before we left, it was quite sad to leave as I had enjoyed it so much! We hit blizzards on the way home coming through France, but we did get into the Christmas spirit when we stopped for fuel….

Thank you to everyone, all my sponsors and supporters, amazing team, family, friends, who have made this year possible. Next year…..here we come!

I was able to wear my new Asmar Equestrian Hunter Jacket, which has my sponsors’ logos on the front and back -it was great to wear around the venue and when I was riding.

Entry 4 from the diary of Asmar equestrian-sponsored rider, Sophie Wells, from the Frankfurt 2011 Young Riders World Cup Final

Asmar equestrian-sponsored rider, Sophie Wells, recently attended the Frankfurt 2011 Young Riders World Cup Final in Germany, which was held from 16 – 18 December 2011. We are serialising her diary entries over the next week:

It was the trot up day, so I rode in the morning, and it was absolute chaos. People jumping, tractors in the warm up, which was only about 30×30 with a pillar in the middle. At one point, everyone had to go around the same way until someone shouted to change the rein and everyone proceeded to go in the other direction, it was incredible, and like nothing I had ever seen before! However, it made me access my warm up as it was limited what I could do, and made us concentrate more on ourselves rather that the other 50 horses around us. Noki was a saint and trotted next to people leaping over jumps, and was not phased in the slightest. It was almost as if he got into his own zone too.

The trot up went well, and my trainer Ange did a great job with turning him out so smart, I had clipped him the day before we left which helped, but the pressure was on to get every single hair!

We then headed back to the hotel for an early night as my class was in the morning the next day, and I wanted to do the arena walk at 6.30 to get him into the arena again. The arena walk was also amazing as we were in at the same time as the senior dressage riders were training; so many famous faces, and horses to admire and get inspired by.

I was drawn straight after the break in my class, but just before the break was the European champion, German rider Sanneke Rothenburger, which was quite a tough draw. However we didn’t let anything phase us and Noki warmed up really well. We put the double bridle on half way through to let him get used to it, but he was opening his mouth quite a lot. I much prefer to ride in a snaffle, as I can hold the reins better; Noki feels more comfortable in a snaffle, but for international able bodied competition, it is compulsory.

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Diary of Asmar equestrian-sponsored rider, Sophie Wells, from the Frankfurt 2011 Young Riders World Cup Final in Germany – 2nd post

Merry Xmas to our followers!

Asmar equestrian-sponsored rider, Sophie Wells, recently attended the Frankfurt 2011 Young Riders World Cup Final in Germany, which was held from 16 – 18 December 2011. We are serialising her diary entries over the next week:

En route to Germany and we had stopped off in Reims in France for an overnight stop; I was feeling proud of myself that I had driven the lorry for an hour in France.

Everybody was quite tired by then; I took Noki for a little wander around the yard’s indoor school while my trainer Angela Weiss and my transporter Mark got the stable ready. Noki didn’t seem phased at all by the journey, and looked great getting off the lorry.

The next day was an early start again after a few hours sleep to crack on and head for Germany. We passed the German/French boarder and Mark said it was tradition to stop for ice cream there, so at 7am we were having ice cream….

We arrived in Frankfurt in really good time, it just took us an hour to find the right entrance to get into the complex; it was very confusing!! Eventually we got there at lunch time, and found the stabling was in a massive multi story car park. We were one of the first to arrive, and could choose any stable we wanted, this obviously took us ages to decide! Quiet enough to sleep, airy but not cold, good light, not too far from the wash box and warming up, and enough space to get him in and out….we found the perfect one and mark reversed the lorry into the car park to unload!

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Sophie Wells to feature in new Olympic TV programme

Horse & Country TV is delighted to present Getting to Greenwich, their new eight-part series on prospects for the British equestrian team in the run-up to the London Olympics.

Our very own Sophie Wells will be starring in the episode on Monday 5th December.

Each episode explores the hopes and dreams of a potential contender for Team GBR. Getting to Greenwich features two riders from each of the three Olympic and one Paralympic disciplines of dressage, showjumping, eventing, and para-equestrian dressage. The series is sponsored by NAF, the UK’s leading manufacturer of equine feed supplements and Official Suppliers to the British Equestrian Team.

The first episode aired on Monday 28th November, but don’t worry if you missed it, episodes will be repeated each day during the first week of transmission.

Don’t forget to support Sophie Wells, Asmar Equestrian’s sponsored rider on Monday 5th December at 8pm. Let us know what you think of the programme.

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Asmar-Equestrian sponsored Sophie Wells picks up first able bodied win abroad, at Compiegne

Asmar-Equestrian sponsored dressage rider Sophie Wells recently enjoyed a very successful dressage campaign at Compiegne CDI in France.

Sophie was part of the sixth-placed British Young Rider team and came third in the individual test. She was also delighted to win the Young Rider freestyle to music competition, riding Jacqueline Walker’s 14-year-old gelding Pinocchio to collect a score of 70.16%. “The British contingent scooped five wins across the senior and young rider classes in total, which is brilliant. The freestyle was our first able bodied win abroad so I am especially delighted with this,” Sophie said.

Sophie was competing against able-bodied riders, and is a Grade IV Para rider – she is the first Para rider to be selected to compete for both Para and able bodied teams.

“We are so proud of Sophie as she is an extremely hard working rider and a wonderful example to riders everywhere,” said Asmar Equestrian’s Noel Asmar.

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