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Alexa Fairchild

From dressage to the fashion industry it’s only one step and Alexa made it when launching her own brand which is inspired by both her passions to get the best of it. She started competing at 8 and thanks to hard work she rides her first European Championship at 12. She now organizes her schedule between international competitions and meeting in Milan and Copenhagen for her brand.

Hi again Dan,
Technology can be very useful such as training radios, cameras that follow the rider. Another form of technology that I like to use for my horses is the magnetic/massage blanket. I think that it helps them before training and after training. Heart monitors can be interesting if your horse has heart issues otherwise I don't find it necessary to use all the time.
Thanks,
Alexa

Hi Dan,
my business isn't specifically equine, it is fashion related. My overall advice would be to follow your gut instinct and your heart and to be true to yourself. My company is influenced by equestrian sport and my love for fashion. It takes a lot patience and rigor to get it where you want it to be.
Thanks for your question.

Alexa

Hi Kim,
I have already stopped my studies to be able to focus on my horses, my training, as well as my fashion brand. There have been a few times where this sport has been very difficult and has slapped me in the face. At those moments it would be easy to quit, although I really dislike quitting as I feel like I haven't proven my best. It actually motivates me to get back up and do better. Without these failures, we wouldn't learn. My goal is to get to the Olympics one day and I do not plan on quitting till I get there :)
Thanks for your question,
Alexa

Hi Yentle,
My new horse Romy is doing really well. It is just taking me a bit of time to really get to know her. I am really enjoying riding her and I am learning a lot from her already. I am attached to all my horses, so I am not really sure which one I would like to go to the 2020 Olympics with. I guess it will really depend on which one I perform the best with and which one takes me the furthest and to the highest level :) I don't know exactly which competitions I will be doing for this season yet. I still have to discuss with Anky but I would love to make it to the U25 European Championships. Therefore I need to get all my selections and hopefully will start competing with all three horses very soon :)
Thanks for your questions,
Alexa

Hi Amy,
For the moment I train three to four times a week with Anky. During these lessons I am learning how to master my horses and extremely important technical aids to help me ride better. I am also learning how to execute my dressage exercises in the best possible way. There are two days a week Anky rides my horses, to make the process move a little faster. They all get one day off a week and normally go out to the fields. My goal for this year is to get to the U25 European Championships. Therefore I need two national selections as well as two international selections. I hope to perform at my best. Once I have gotten good results in the U25 level, I will then go onto the Grand Prix Senior level. I hope to compete at grand prix level and build up my results so that one day I can get to the highest international level. Along the way I would love to compete at a Senior European Championships and a World Equestrian Games. My biggest dream is to get to Tokyo in 2020, I will be training intensely and hope to make it :)
Thanks for your question,
Alexa

Hi Levis,
My ultimate goal for my 2017 season is to get to the U25 European Championships. To be able to get there, I first need to get my two national selections and then my two international selections. Once I have all my selections, I need to be in the top four of Belgium to make it to the Europeans. Therefore, we have decided to work backwards from the Europeans and choose the international competitions that I would like to compete in to be able to make it. We have not confirmed my choice of competitions yet as we need to discuss with Anky.
Thanks for your question,
Alexa

Hi Lauren,
I normally first choose the choreography of my test, which my mom films. I then go to a specialist for freestyle musics, that looks at the video and puts musics together that go with my horses strides. He normally gives me two different options. We then have a meeting together, and choose which music I prefer and discuss the details of certain sounds in the freestyle.

Thanks for your question,
Alexa

Hi Will,
The typical training week for my horses is:
Monday: They go in the walker in the morning. Anky rides all three of my horses. They go to the field in the afternoon and are hand walked for 10 minutes.
Tuesday-Thursday:They go in the walker in the morning. I have training lessons with Anky and all three of my horses. They go to the field in the afternoon and are hand walked for 10 minutes.
Friday:They go to the walker in the morning. Anky rides all three of my horses. They go to the field in the afternoon and are hand walked for 10 minutes.
Saturday: They go to the walker in the morning. Depending on my schedule, I ride all three of my horses or Anky rides them. They go to the field in the afternoon and are hand walked for 10 minutes.
Sunday: Day off for the horses. They normally go in the field or have a light lunge.

Thanks for your question,
Alexa

Hi Norman,
The highest quality for my mare Sunrise would be her trot lateral movements. She has incredible freedom in her shoulders which allows her to have beautiful half-passes.
The highest quality for my gelding Newton would be his flying changes. He has beautiful big flying changes and when you ride them you feel like you are flying.
The highest quality for my mare Romy would be her piaffer. It is very regular and active and it seems so easy for her to do it.
The highest quality for my young mare Ida Selly A would be her hind leg activity. She has incredible activity in all her gates.

Thanks for your question,
Alexa

Hi Philippa,
I would say that when I first learned dressage, I learned more from a classical standpoint and have evolved to a more modern approach. Ultimately, my goal is for my riding to look as effortless as possible.
Thanks for your question,
Alexa