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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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