Riding and the Young Norfolk Sports Academy

As written by India Bussey (M5V)

I started riding from a very young age, following in the footsteps of my mother Louise. My international debut was in 2015 when I was a part of the silver medal winning Children On Horses team at the European Championships in Austria with my current top horse Westwinds Ego, after jumping the only double clear for Great Britain on the Nations Cup team in Holland.

 After joining the Young Norfolk Sports Academy (YNSA) at the end of last year, I have benefitted greatly from the weekly lectures and from being in such a focused environment with a group of such excellent sports men and women. The lectures have helped me to channel my energy and prioritise things in my busy lifestyle, looking after myself and my string of horses. I have found the psychology lectures particularly interesting; it is really important for me to stay confident and positive in my riding so that only that energy feeds through to the horse. 

 Thanks to the YNSA, I have started Strength and Conditioning sessions with Ashley Cook after a screening with Lisa Hayward, using the facilities at Norwich School. From this I have already seen improvement in my performance and look forward to seeing more benefits in the long run. 

I have recently been competing at POYS over the Easter weekend. I came 4th and 6th in the Children On Horse (COH) Grand Prix, along with 9th in the JC Grand Prix. My little sister Atiya, who is only 11, also came 3rd in the Novice Grand Prix and 3rd in the COH Prelim. We have just started the outdoor season and this is a busy time of year for us. We are building up to the first viewing trials for the European team selections at Chepstow International CSI** at the end of April. After being on the COH team last year, I have moved up to Junior level for 2016. This is an exciting yet challenging prospect and I can't wait to get going.'

 I am grateful to the YNSA for their support which has already seen such a benefit for my performance. I would also like to thank my sponsors and owners; without these I would not be able to continue competing at this level and for this reason I am always looking for new owners for horses and sponsors to join our team. I would also like to thank my parents and everyone behind the scenes at Wodehouse Stud, I am so privileged to have these facilities and a positive team of people behind me. Team work makes the dream work!