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How to beat your competition nerves

As riders we all understand the feeling just before we enter the competition arena, the butterflies in the stomach, the jelly legs, the racing heart, these are just some symptoms of anxiety. We do need a certain level of anxiety to help us perform to our best BUT too much anxiety can cause us to umm…. A brain fart… an error of course, do the wrong movement or completely forgetting your dressage test… we have all been there. A study was done on professional dancers, these dancers reported they all experienced some degree of anxiety before and during their performance but viewed it as an accepted and positive part of performing, providing they were able to maintain control over the...

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