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Ask Nicole Bellissimo: What do you think can be improved in the US showjumping system?

Ask Nicole Bellissimo: What do you think can be improved in the US showjumping system?
Thank you so much for the answer, it's really interesting to have the point of view of someone inside this system!
Hey Tessy,

Great question! I have always admired the way in which European riders are able to breed and develop young horses to the top level, and I think that is something that is really missing in the United States. Especially with our younger riders, there is a bit too much of an emphasis on immediate results and buying the most experienced horse without complimenting the rider's education with bringing along a young horse. I have really tried to focus the last few years on bringing along 6/7 year old horses to the FEI level, and am now trying to learn and develop the skills to bring along even younger horses. My fiancé (Charlie Jayne) and his family run Our Day Farm and they have placed a big emphasis on breeding the last few years, so I am having a lot of fun learning about the process and seeing how they work with their young horses from when they are born.

Nicole