In Europe the level of competition is quite high - there are so many incredibly talented riders! When I first competed in Europe it was definitely a wake up call and really motivated me to improve my riding. The level and intensity of competition can only strengthen you as a rider and give you a new perspective on what it takes to be at the top of the sport. I think the more experiences you have as a rider in a diverse set of venues, the better off you are. Competing in Spruce Meadows, for instance, has been a hugely valuable experience for me.