Come join the Illinois Dressage and Combined Training Associatin (IDCTA) on February 16th, 2023 at 7 p.m. CST to hear about Abigail’s journey through her competing years, what she’s overcome, and how and what she has to share as a Sports Psychologist.Learn tools to overcome some of your anxieties and become the best you in and out of the show ring.
She’s been there. Abigail has been an athlete and competitor from a very young age. Abigail was fourteen when she competed in her first CCI three day event and sixteen when she won her first national title. She was short-listed for the US Olympic team in 1992 and 2004, and was selected in 2000, although an injury to her horse kept her from being able to compete. She has competed in the World Championships and won both gold and bronze medals at the Pan American Games. Abigail qualified for Boston in her second marathon and advanced to Cat 2 in bike racing in only eighteen months of competing. Abigail not only knows the pressure and anxiety of competition, but she knows firsthand how to use these to create success.
She can relate, not just as a sports psychologist, but as an athlete. Throughout her years of training and competing, Abigail has experienced setbacks and injuries, and then rebuilt her strength and confidence to go on to greater success. She has battled through times of physical fear as well as fear of failure. She honed her mental skills during these times, and used them to her real advantage upon her return to competition. In her years as a mental skills coach of novice athletes up to Olympians, Abigail has refined and enhanced these skills to help clients achieve their goals.
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Has this horse quality? The answer is definitely yes. This first impression is so important. As a selector for the Goresbridge Go for Gold Event horse sale, I have an abbreviation ‘GPO’ which stands for "Good Pull Out." It means that the first look prompts the potential client the need to bring the horse out of his box for a further look.
It was a beautiful but chilly weekend in the pines at the Setters' Run Farm Carolina International. After a record-setting 19.4 in the CCI4*-S dressage, Will Coleman became the first three-time winner in the event's history when he led from start to finish on Hyperion Stud's Chin Tonic HS.
West Coast eventers experienced tremendous success in 2022. Tamie Smith recorded top-10 finishes at Badminton in England, at the FEI World Championships at Pratoni in Italy, and at the Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill. Helen Alliston won the $60,000 Adequan USEA Advanced Final, and Tommy Greengard captured the USEA Intermediate Championship at the USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC), presented by Nutrena Feeds. James Alliston returned to the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event for the first time since 2017 and finished third in the CCI4*-S.
I first met Moose (JC: Plain Brown Wrap) when he was an 18-year-old lesson horse in April 2020 in Texas. I was a 40-year-old mom of four young girls who had stopped riding before my 20s but had somehow convinced my husband to buy a pony for our girls two years earlier. But once COVID hit, to get some “me” time, I started taking jump lessons at the eventing barn where we boarded our pony.