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Days 1 – 15 of the Horse Riders Challenge

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Written by Andrea Parker

What is the Horse Riders Challenge?

The Horse riders challenge is a 31 day photo based challenge for yup you guessed it – horse riders. It was started by Becca Hart (aka @the_farriers_wife) in response to other photo challenges she had seen and enjoyed following.

When my friend Lindsey of Alta Mira Horsemanship nominated me, I was excited but unsrue if it would be a good idea for me to participate. I’ve tried to do challenges before and lost momentum after a couple of days. However I am please to say that I have almost finished (insert happy dance), although I did skip one prompt later on in the challenge and didn’t quite manage to post every day, we got there in the end.

Day 1


Day 2


Day 3


Day 4


Day 5


Day 6


Day 7

The prompt for day 7 of the horse riders challenge was to share a quote that you love. ‘Success doesn’t come from what you do occasionally. It comes from what you do consistently.’ I first heard this  quote from my wonderful coach Dani Keogh, and I instantly loved it. When it comes to horses consistency is everything.

Day 9


Day 10


Day 11


Day 12


Day 13

Riding is a tough sport, it’s physically demanding as well as mentally challenging. Particularly if you are facing a difficult period in your riding. I like to think of these difficult times as period of growth, no quote captures it better than this one from the lovely @al_capony_dressage “Sometimes what seems like a major speed bump is actually a much needed springboard to improvement”. So my top tip for day 13 of #thehorseriderschallenge is to pay attention to your mindset and focus and be sure that your not missing out on an opportunity to progress.

Day 14


Day 15


In the next few days I will have finished my The Horse Riders Challenge, stay tuned to see days 16-31.

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About the author


Andrea Parker

Andrea is an Adult Amateur dressage rider who competes at medium level on her 13-year-old mare Mon Ami. Andrea shares her journey through the equestrian world on her blog The Sand Arena Ballerina and is working on an equestrian podcast called Equestrian Pulse.