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Alexandra Ledermann

She amazed us by winning a bronze medal at the Atlanta Olympics, Alexandra Ledermann is one of the most iconic figures in our sport. She is a real business woman who has managed to handle many activities in parallel with her career: world-famous video games, clothing line, or partnerships on derivative products with groups like Quick. She is now devoting herself to the work of young horses from her family breeding and to coaching.

Hello Dinanne,

I trust Royal Horse since 20 years, we don't change a winning team! It helps to have my horses in good shape and it supports them during the season. I also work with @ravene , it's a really good team and they take care of my horses' health!

Alexandra

Hello Amber,

Not at all. My parents supported me and encouraged me. I owe them my career, they are riders and had good results in big classes. Since I'm very young, they helped me, when I was riding ponies, then horses, and they're still supporting me. I have a lot of luck, and it matters a lot.

They have always been there with their talent and their expertise with horses.

Alexandra

Hello Evie,

I clean my leathers when they are dirty, my groom and I use water to clean and then glycerine' soap (not fat) to nourish bridles. For my saddle, I use the @selleriebutetsaumur 's cream.

Alexandra

Hello Levis,

The video games' world can really bring a lot to our sport, like any other communication, however it is very difficult to find the best way to do it.
This is a big topic but I do not know if there is a solution, few people seem to have found!

Alexandra

Hello Anna,

I don't feel a lot of anxiety before shows, but I sometimes feel it. I have the chance to have many years of experience, so I try to reassure myself by telling me that I already did it so there's no reason I would fail now.
In my mind, I'm telling myself that stress is negative, so I have to get it out of my mind, it sounds silly but it works!

But on the other hand, I ride better when I'm quite stressed. The bigger the show is, the better I ride!

Then, preparation and training are essential, you have to tell yourself that if you worked well before the show, that you couldn't have done better, it helps. There's also a part of luck that you have to accept.

Horses who rushes before fences are horses who try to avoid the rider's hand, either the current hand is too hard, or the previous hand was too hard. Hands stop the horses from handling their jump well, because the contact between the hands and the mouth is direct, and the mouth is very sensitive. If the horse know that he's going to be hurt when he jumps, he'll try to flee.

Most riders with hot horses try to hold them far from the fence, but it'll get worse.
You have to let them free with their neck, while trying to stop them from rushing too much in the last strides.

It's a long work, and it can be complicated for a non-professional rider. You have to be trained and helped. You have to don't be afraid of telling yourself that the more you'll canter, the less your horse will rush.


You can also work on a circle, but you have to be helped by someone who's going to tell you if you have too much hand or not. First, you have to do flat work, you horse have to be able to canter without you holding him.

Alexandra

Hello Summer,

When Rochet M retired, I had other Grand Prix horses at that time but Cook du Midour, Rochet's successor, had health issues 15 days before the European Championships, and his career stopped there.

Then, I had another Grand Prix horse, who had a heart attack and died at the age of 10. The owner of my 4th Grand Prix horse entrusted him to another person. It was a bad period.

I had other 6 and 7 years old I was preparing, but they also had fragile health, who couldn't continue their career.

Then, it was kind of complicated, we depends on great horses!

Now, I am back because I have a great horse: Requiem de Talma, but it wasn't just a bed of roses with him.

Alexandra

Hello again :-)

The preparation is established with the coach, a year before the competition. We prepare a program to prepare the horse. You need a program before and after the selection. For me, it was a little bit different between the two Olympics, for the first one, my horse was 13 years old, a normal age, for the second one in Sydney, he was 17 years old. It changed a lot of things for the preparation, we didn't want to tire him before the Olympics.

The two countries in which I participated to the Olympics were far away, with 15 days of quarantine. We had to go there 1 month before the Olympics, so it doesn't require the same preparation as a show in a nearest country.

My horse needed to compete every 3 weeks to stay good, and we had to have 5-6 weeks without any shows before the Olympics. He wasn't as good during trainings as during shows, so we couldn't train so much.

Alexandra

Hello,

For clothing, it's my brand only: AL Sportswear!
For my equipment, I ride in @selleriebutetsaumur for 28 years, they are the only saddles on which I feel well, free and close to my horse. That's not the case with other brands.
For the rest of my equipment, I use the ones of maison @guibertparis .
These partners never gave up on me, whether it was a good or a bad time. We don't change a winning team!

Alexandra

Hello,

Most of the time, in showjumping, it's 3 years old. We prepare them and they are supposed to start small competitions at 4, during a small season, without the final as a goal. It gets them used to travel, to see other arenas. I think that young horses competitions are very well. Breaking them and working them late isn't a good idea, the younger they are manipulated (not necessarily ridden), the most clever they become. We see it in sport in general (tennis, football,...), it's easier when you start early.

Alexandra

Hello,

The first obvious advice is to have a good broodmare. You can have the chance to have a mare who's not very good but who will have a very good foal, but it's rare!
You need a mare who has great results in 1.30m classes. Mares who doesn't have results because they stopped their career after an injury can be good broodmares if they have a great bloodline.
It's really important to have great horses in the mare's bloodline, who were performing in 1.30 or 1.40 classes.

You also need a mare who is well shaped, because it's easier for non-professional riders.

A mare who moves well with a stallion you love, and it's a great start!

You need to know the pros and the cons of your mare, so that you can discuss with the owner of the stallion.

You also have to listen to your heart, if you have a mare you love who doesn't win big classes, you can have a foal with a really great stallion like Kannan!

Alexandra