Congratulations to Yazmin Pinchen on a flying start to the Season - International Showjumping Arezzo, Toscana Tour! Yazmin shares her top competing tips, some personal nuggets and who she has her eye on…
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We wanted to put something together for riders who are looking to push themselves competing and give them some advice, food for thought, even a giggle! Yazmin also gives incredible insight into what it’s like to compete at top International level. Something for passionate riders and aspiring amateurs alike.
Yazmin’s given us great answers to a number of questions we asked her – we’ll share them over the next couple of weeks…Enjoy the first instalment!
- When did you know you wanted to showjump professionally?
I was lucky enough to be chosen to jump at the Children on Horses European finals when I was thirteen years old in Turkey, we won Team Gold and I won Individual Silver. After that I qualified for the World Championships for Children on Horses and getting to travel to Mexico showed me that this lifestyle, the feeling and the partnerships with horses was what I wanted to do and have everyday!!
- Who or what has been you biggest inspiration?
My biggest inspiration is my father, he is not a showjumper but I really look up to him for everything in life. When it comes to riding it has to be Penelope Leprevost. She is a French rider and she is just incredible. So stylish, elegant and has such a natural talent!! I love to watch her ride.
- What has been your personal biggest achievement to date?
I personally feel like although its not my best result, my biggest achievement was coming 9th in the Global Champions Tour Grand Prix in Monaco. I think because it was a 5* and I was competing against the people I look up to and the best in the world. I was so happy. I cannot explain this day, I had a time fault in the first round so it put me down to 9th position, without that time fault I would have been 3rd place. I was so close, yet so far. I have set this year to be my year.
- What one piece of advice would you give to riders who have to take time off because of an injury or procedure?
As most of you know I recently had a knee operation, it was so, so, hard to sit inside and not ride. When I had had my knee operated on, it was very sore and I had to rest for six weeks. In my fourth week I felt a lot better with plenty of movement, but I had to be really patient. It was hard to watch all the other riders out there competing; I wished I were doing the same. I am not one to be obsessed with ranking points but I did drop six places in a few months and it was really hard to see that and know that there was nothing I could do at the time. I thought: when I am back riding I plan to have a fantastic year and get back up there!! [And indeed you have, Yazmin!]
- What up and coming riders have you got your eye on and what makes them special?
That’s a really hard question! An up and coming rider I have noticed is from the UK, a young girl called Emily Ward, she won the under 23 Class at Olympia when she was only thirteen years old. Since then she has gone on to win National Grand Prixs and proving she has a lot of potential to be a top rider!! I see that as an incredibly brave achievement. When I was thirteen I was afraid to jump my pony around an 80cm course, let alone a 1.40m track against people ten years older than me. So massive congratulations to Emily for that!! I’m sure there are more but as I don’t live in the UK I have not seen so many young people at shows, so it was difficult for me to answer this question.
- A few words about your next competition in Arezzo, Italy on 18 March.
I am so excited that in a few weeks we will be setting off with eight horses to Italy. We go every year to the same tour; it is mainly because the ground is perfect there and its good competition. It’s a great atmosphere and lovely people. Who wouldn’t want to spend a month surrounded by pizza and pasta!! I am taking horses from five years old to sixteen years old, a big variety for different classes. I use this tour to get the young ones going and prepare the older horses for the 5* global season ahead. Fingers crossed all goes well…
Yazmin answered this question before setting off to Italy and it really looks like 2014 is going to be a great year for her. In her first competition since coming back from her knee operation with 4 months off, she went on to come FIRST in her first International Class 1.40m… Now that’s talent. Not only that, she’s continued to do fantastically well, coming second in a 1.35m speed class. We are keenly watching Yazmin to see what the rest of the Intentional Competition in Arezzo holds for her, as well as the year ahead.
We wish her all the success she deserves in 2014!
Next time we’ll share a juicy Part 2 focusing on Showjumping Competitions, insider peeks and much more!
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