Lara Edwards started in PC as a young rider in eventing. When she was 22 years old she imported her first dressage bred horse and never looked back since.
Why do you ride?
Enjoy the connection between horse and rider and it is my “me” time without horses I think I would have too much time on my hands to do my second hobby – shopping !! OUCH!! Now i just like combining the two and horse shop!!!
How has riding made an impact on other parts of your life?
Riding is my downtime so this is what keeps me going every day. From the minute i get up to the minute i go to bed horses are on my mind!
What would you like to improve in your riding and why?
Everyday I like to feel like im improving on the day before, I never feel i will ever stop improving until I am the next Charlotte!!! Everyones allowed a dream!
What do you want to achieve within 5 years and why?
Senior selection onto a team, already competed for GB, but I would like to be selected for a team competition.
What was the most challenging moment in your riding career and why?
Having a skiiing accident meaning I was out of the saddle for 11 months, it was a form of torture.
How did you got your current horse(s)?
I’ve got four horses. Felix (Jazzed up) was given him as he was tricky and exceptionally sharp. My second horse Bodyguard was sent over for me to train and sell on………… I just didnt quite manage to sell him on (oops ;)) And Kiki and Kaydans are homebred by my own stallion Cadans and Bodyguard.
What can you tell me about training your horses?
My horses are really keen to learn and very good at learning so you always have to teach them something new the right way. As once taught they won’t forget it!
Which discipline do you follow?
Why did you choose this discipline?
At a young age I got to advanced level in eventing but wasn’t enjoying the SJ. Yet, always loved the dressage aspect of it so carried it on.
What is the least favorite thing about your discipline?
Judges – or the lack of contiunity in some! 🙁
If you could try any other discipline which would you have choose and why?
Polo because of the team aspect, always loved being a team player!
Who is your biggest inspiration in riding?
Has to be Charlotte!
Who influenced you the most?
My trainer Rhett Bird, changed my way of training from thinking harsh achieves results to actually getting the horse to do it cause they want to not cause you are telling them too.
Who is your biggest supporter?
Husband (most of the time!) and my parents. I love the support of my family!
What is your relationship with plaiting?
I love it, for me it’s that half hour with the horse just before you get on to compete that connects that bond between horse and rider.
How do you plait your horse?
I split the mane into seven and eight with the forelock then plait them down and roll them up put the Quick Knot in and away you go – easy and quick!
What is your best plaiting experience?
Having four horses to get ready and with the Quick Knot it takes ten mins a horse.
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