5 Tips to get rid of show nerves

I was never one to really get nervous about competing, at least not in the normal sense of ”not wanting to get in the ring” or ”being afraid of not succeeding”. I always though about my ”show nerves” as my fuel, wanting to win completely set’s me on fire and I get excited to get on and forward.

When I didn’t compete alone and had barn friends to compete with (and my trainer to help us), I remember clearly that I used to go around and reassuring pretty much every one of them that it was going to be fine. And that’s the honest truth, even if you don’t win the show, everything will still be alright.

Maybe I have this vision because since I was never able to compete a lot, each time I went to a show I appreciated my time in the ring even more.

I want you to feel the same way I do about competing, that’s why I collected 5 simple tips that I hope will help you cope with the butterflies you feel in your bellies. They are super simple, but I assure you it will make a huge difference!

  1. Arrive early to make sure you can do everything without hurrying.
  2. Get a good night sleep (I admit, this one is the tougher one for me)
  3. Don’t forget to BREATH, every time you feel anxious just spot and have a deep breath!
  4. Close your eyes and draw your course/test in your head.
  5. Confidence is like a muscle, the more we use it, the stronger it gets.

Bonus Tip:

Apreciate it all, you’re living the dream no matter the level you’re competing in. Everything will be fine in the end, as long as you have fun doing the things you love. You can apply this to anything in your life!

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  1. Awesome tips, not a rider myself but will probably get into it, eventually. Keep up the good work.

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  2. Thank you for this! Most of the time I just think to myself “act like it’s a training session and ride like you do normally”, and I have learnt not to push limits. My trainer also taught me to ride as I always do, that is more natural. And I definitely need to learn to breathe.

    1. Yes! For me, that’s hard because my horses are not really used to being ridden around other animals, and that makes it a bit tricky, but I do try to keep my ridding as normal as possible!

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