First of all, I want to congratulate
you all for making it to the National Championship. It is a great accomplishment and you
should be very proud.
I have a few words of wisdom I would
like to share with you. Since I was a little girl I had a dream of going to the Olympics.
When I made the Team in 1992 and arrived into Barcelona I felt like I had reached my goal.
I was so ecstatic to have made the Team that I enjoyed every single moment during the 3
week stay in Barcelona. It was the most fantastic time in my life and gave me life long
friendships and memories which I will always treasure. The fact that our Team won a bronze
medal, was an added bonus. What I am trying to say is to enjoy every moment here and no
matter how you do in the competition, you have already won just be being here. Goal
setting is very important, but as long as you enjoy the journey, the disappointments are
not so bad.
The thing that makes you a winner is not how you
ride, but how you conduct yourself. Let's all show the greatest sportsmanship and
camaraderie. Help and support each other. Sportsmanship is to win without gloating, to
lose without making excuses, and to show respect for you fellow competitor.
Another thing to remember is all the
people involved in this event. Say "Thank You" to the show manager, facility
owner, office staff, volunteers, etc. A lot of work has gone into this event and a
"Thank You" goes a long way. Most likely your parents also deserve a big
"Thank You" as well. Always remember the people who helped you along the way.
If you get interviewed try to stay
with the positive. Present your sport in a very good light. A good rule I try to live by,
even though it can be hard is, "If you don't have anything good to say don't say
anything at all."
Last but not least, remember your horse is your partner, and the
more time and effort you put into his well being, the harder he will try for you when it
Your Chef d'Equipe,