Preparation is key for Emelie Brolin

Ask a question about preparation, and Emelie Brolin gets a sparkle in her eye.

– I start preparing for a competition at least a month in advance, says the experienced elite rider in dressage.

Never leaves anything to chance

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For Emelie Brolin, there are not seven, but eight sins of death. The eighth reads: To leave something to chance, not to strive for total control over what you can control. And when it comes to competing, Emelie Brolin has the power over everything.

– Everyone is good at different things. One of the things I'm good at is preparing for a competition. I have been competing since I was six years old, and I rode my first championship as a 12- year-old. When you have been competing for as long as I have, you work out different strategies for what makes you perform the best, and then do you what works best for you.

This weekend she'll take on another big arena

The upcoming main event this week is the Gothenburg Horse Show. There, Emelie Brolin will compete with her young mare Tesla, one of Emelie's latest acquisitions. As it is one of Tesla's first major competitions, Emelie believes it is more important that her horse adapts to the surroundings. This means less focus on results and more focus on giving Tesla a comfortable first experience GHS.

– It is about setting the goals for the individual. I want to go to Gothenburg and give the horse a good experience for the future. That means I will not stretch the bow as much as I do when I want to get the best results possible. Therefore, the training in the past month has been about focusing entirely on safety and confidence.

For competing, Scandinavium is also a very special arena, right?

– Yes, it is both a fantastic and tough arena because the crowd is so close, which is stressful for many horses. I want my horses to ride many times in those types of venues in the future so it is up to me they feel comfortable.

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A competition is planned in every detail

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You say you start preparing for a competition at least a month in advance. How does the preparation begin?

– Things like knowing where my jacket and helmets are being placed are important to me. I usually plan very well with lists and schedules. My packing list is very long, and I try to pack the same things every time. The same mascots, the same kind of unique white riding pants, specific protection for the horse when I warm up. You could talk about lucky mascots and lucky equipment and maybe call me superstitious, but for me, it is about something else. The fact that I always use the same things when packing makes me comfortable and get me the feeling of a competition that went very well to the next. I also write down in detail what the horse and I should do until the start, and since I am such a planner, I also start to mentally prepare myself.

Have you ever failed in your preparation?

– No, but it is interesting when the routines disrupt. It happened last fall when I was competing in Jönköping and felt it was hard not to sleep in the horse truck. I wouldn't say I like staying in hotels when competing. I met a mental coach and brought it up with him. He said: "Emelie, you train for the Olympics because, at the Olympics, you never live where the horse is." Now maybe I will never ride the Olympics, but it was still a funny parable, how he turned something I thought was a pain into something positive. It is essential to train yourself in situations that make you uncomfortable because one day you will come to a competition where you do not know things.

Five quick questions

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Your best training tip?

– Continuity. Regular training.

Your goals for 2020?

– I will invest a lot on my younger horses and try to compete them at some of the big competitions.

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You can frame one single memory from 2019 and make a painting of it. Which one do you choose?

– There are a lot of fun things, but I think that's when I made it to the final in Flyinge with our Ramble On, who finished nine. It felt huge as a rider to show excellent performance in that type of arena during competition.

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The world's best TV series?

– Suits.

Your favorite item from Uhip?

– Hybrid Jacket Iontex Edition. I use it all the time. I always wear it and never take it off.

The real dream of an own riding school

The journey goes along sand roads far out in the Småland terrain, but suddenly it's there.
The small riding school.
Jenny Johnson's biggest dream is fulfilled, and almost 90 equestrians come for lessons every week.

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From the beginning, there was only a residential building, an old barn, and a bus garage on Myrtorpet in Urasa, three miles south of Vaxjö. Today there are stables, a machinery hall, a paddock, and nice horse pens. Almost three years ago, Jenny Johnsson was taking a step towards her dream.

– I started my riding school in the summer of 2017 after maternity leave. For a long time, I had a dream about my pony riding school. I had previously been working at a riding school, and I felt that I wanted to do it my way, explains Jenny.

And now, she is doing it her way.

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My life is fantastic!

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If Myrtorpet had been a riding club, Jenny would have been its chairman, secretary, treasurer, and head coach, all in one. She gets considerable help from her husband Anders, especially now that their little son Titus, three months, requires a lot of Jenny's time.

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But she doesn't complain.

– My life is fantastic! It's' wonderful to be able to wake up, look out and see the stable, feed the horses, and talk to them. As a child, I dreamed of my horse, and now I have ten own ponies and two competition horses. I could never have believed that, says Jenny.

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Is it enough time for you doing something on your own?

– I treat myself by going to my coach at Oland at least once a month. It's my own time, so I use it for charging my mental batteries by exercising. Above that, it is always lovely to get out early in the morning or late evening and cuddle with my horses or go for a ride.

Busy days

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We guess you must have plenty to do, from early morning to late at night. Is the tempo high?

– It is. I have pretty busy days, and some people get surprised when they see that I sent them an e-mail at half-past two at night. At that time, I send invoices or reply to a submit request; it's the way to go for business. It is nice to have control over everything yourself and, at the same time, difficult to be free. But I get lots of help from many girls who line up and relieve. Anders is my sounding board; I want to go, and he pulls the brake. Sometimes it can feel a little frustrating, but it is a nice combo, says Jenny with a smile.

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The small riding school has quickly gained popularity

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The groups practice Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, and special activities are organized at regular intervals.

During one week, Jenny has almost 90 mountings with students between the ages of two and 14.

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, and right now, there is no room for more. Training groups are occupied; over 30 children are on a waiting list.

Jenny is living her dream.
– Running my riding school is the only thing I do, and it's great to be able to do it every day.

 

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The idea is that a young child should come here, start riding, and feel that it is fun to train and learn how to live with animals.

I hope it creates an interest in taking the next step a few years later and maybe start competing on one of my ponies. It would have been fun to have a student who goes all the way to the Swedish championships one day.

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What kind of training do the youngest get, the children who are only a few years old?

– We're riding without stirrups, work out balance, playing games like imitating aircraft, trees, helicopters, and safaris, with helmet covers that represent sharks and crocodiles. I continuously try to find new pedagogy for toddlers and look at how they do in other places and also how preschools work to get children to collaborate and grow. The important thing is that the children should feel that they are seen, that I am there for them and told that they had done something right.

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Since Jenny is a dressage rider, most training consists of dressage, even if jumping elements are present. During the long days, especially during a wet winter like this year, it is essential to put on the right set of clothes. Uhip's collection fit perfectly into Jenny's riding school day.

– I like Uhip's clothes, they have useful features and are perfect as layer-on-layer clothes. I use the hand warmers very often, either when I ride in snow or rain or when I train and do lessons. Then it is helpful to pull down the warmers over the mittens. Many students have seen me in both skirts, jackets, and coats.

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How do you combine a skirt, jacket, and coat?

– I start with a thinner layer that still keeps riding if I need to take off a garment. When I'm standing on the ground, I put on my coat and fold the hood down when it blows. Last week we had snow here, and I had four hours of lessons. Then I had Ice Jacket, skirt, pulled down hand warmers, and Muckboots on my feet.

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Stable Pants is your latest item from Uhip. What do you think?

– Very nice! The pants are very elastic and feel like riding pants. I live in riding pants for twelve hours a day, and these felt very comfortable, pleasant, and compliant. I may not be able to carry a full dressage pass in them, but they work fine if I want to show some practice details during the lessons.

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The Uhip skirt

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Horses and horseback riding - a complicated art that requires both knowledge, patience and lots of time. For the ride to be as pleasant and rewarding as possible, it is especially important to sit comfortably and to be sure that the riding clothes are resistant to all kinds of weather.

UHIPS RIDING SKIRT - "THE ORIGINAL"

For almost a decade we have found inspiration in everyday life where we have taken new fresh ideas to design clothes that will meet the rider's needs, says Ulrika Falkman, CEO and founder of Uhip. Uhip's real classic is the cover skirt, and it was with the skirt all started. We are therefore particularly proud of the skirt – the garment our customers quickly renamed and now called a riding skirt or Uhip skirt in the vernacular. The skirt keeps you warm and has a lot of smart features, Ulrika continues.

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SMART FEATURES

Equipping yourself as a rider with stylish clothes that keep you warm and gives you a lot of smart features in horse life is Uhip's guiding principle.

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Adjustable at the waist to be able to adjust the size so that it sits perfectly.

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The two-way front zipper is divisible at the top so you can take off your skirt while sitting in the saddle. The divisible front zipper and the high, flexible scowing at the back allow you to sit in the saddle and let the skirt hang down the bottom sides.

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The elastic leg bands that can be adjusted with push buttons on the inside of the skirt hold it in place "in open position".

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Uhip has skirts in models for all needs. Our rain/wind skirt is, lightly lined, and as the name suggests, it protects you from rain and wind. Uhips Trench Skirt is a water-resistant thin trench-style shell skirt that you can complement with a liner skirt if you desire more warmth. Otherwise, we have skirts with different levels of insulation and protection against rain and wind. Read more about our various families and their characteristics.

Skirt + Jacket = A match made in heaven

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A "perfect match" is to combine your riding skirt with a matching jacket. The advantage of choosing such a combo is that you can create the feel and look of wearing a coat but at the same time have the ability to adapt the upholstery to your needs by taking off your jacket or skirt.

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