With Michael Jung’s recent Grand Slam win, and the Olympics coming up right around the corner, the eventing world is incredibly busy. The world’s top riders are in the spotlight, highlighting their journeys to the biggest events in the world.
It’s inspiring to hear about the struggles and successes of these athletes, and many prove that anything is possible with hard work and dedication.
Having our top riders popping up over every inch of our social media accounts has had me thinking about how important it is for them to have a good presence online, and throughout our community in general, as it has a strong effect on their fan base and support team.
It’s not only important for business, but also for the next generation to see. The current upper level riders are the role models for our next generation of competitors, and how they act is setting an example for the younger riders that will one day take their place.
I’ve been extremely lucky to have had some great role models, coaches, and mentors to help and support me in the process of fulfilling my goals. The people you surround yourself with really affects how you act and respond to different challenges.
A role model doesn’t have to be a top rider; he/she should just be someone who inspires you to work harder, laugh louder, and go for your dreams, whatever those dreams may be.
Role models are there to help you through the bad times, and cheer you on in the good times. Sometimes our role models are taken from us far too soon, as the eventing world has experienced at Jersey Fresh, and a few other times this year already.
The riders we have lost will live on with us, as we will continue to strive to make them proud and remember them as their bravery inspires us as we ride.
We need each other in this sport through the high points, low points, and suffocating heartbreak. We need to look up to those who push us to be the best we can be, but everyone has the responsibility to support our friends, competitors, and eventing family.
We cheer as one, mourn as one, and work as one. We’re all in this sport for the love of the horse, and we all share the same drive and passion. We can all be role models, friends, and family; together we are a team.