The Equestrian Journey: Lessons from the Saddle

Episode 2 Highlights with Aaron Englander

Hey there, equestrian enthusiasts! Welcome to the second episode of the Just Horse Riders podcast, where our very own director, Aaron Englander, dives deep into the world of horse riding. But it's not just about saddles and stirrups – it’s about life lessons learned on horseback. So, giddy up as we trot into some remarkable insights!

Consistency is Key: The Tale of a Dressage Competition

Aaron started the episode with a heartwarming story from the weekend – the final pony club winter dressage league competition. As Aaron puts it, "Pony club is like scouts but for ponies". This event wasn’t just about the ribbons; it was about the journey and the perseverance. As he reflects, "I was absolutely amazed... shocked even, not because [my daughter] isn't a good enough rider, but because... she wasn't coming first or second... but she came second overall!" This moment highlights the power of showing up and doing your best – a principle we deeply cherish at Just Horse Riders.

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A Community Like No Other

But hey, it's not just about the competition. It's about the community. "The kids absolutely love it... they've made loads of friends," Aaron shares. This isn't just a club; it's a family where friendships are as strong as the horses. The sense of belonging and support in the equestrian world is unmatched, much like our Horse Riding Boot Collection – unmatched in style and comfort!

Learning from Every Ride: The Importance of Effort

One of the key takeaways from Aaron's narrative is the importance of effort. "Just because you don't win doesn't mean you're not progressing," he says. Every ride, every effort counts. It’s about the journey, not just the destination. And what better way to enjoy this journey than by ensuring your hands are as comfortable as your spirit? Explore our Horse Riding Gloves Collection.

Parenting and Passion: Striking the Right Balance

Are Aaron and his wife pushy parents? Or are they simply nurturing a passion? In his own words, "We don't force them into horse riding; they want to do it." This is a crucial point for all equestrian parents out there. Encouraging a love for the sport is one thing; pressuring is another. Aaron's approach is a testament to fostering passion while respecting personal choices – something every parent can learn from.

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Winning Isn't Everything, But...

What does it mean to aim to win? Aaron delves into this, saying, "We're going there with the aim to win... but if we don't win, it's not a big deal." This philosophy is not just about competing; it's about setting goals and striving for them while enjoying the ride – literally! And for those who aim high in the equestrian world, don't forget to reward your four-legged companions with our delightful Horse Treats And Gifts.

The Just Horse Riders Vision: From the UK to the World

Did you know that Aaron's ambition for Just Horse Riders isn't limited to the UK? He's setting his sights globally. He explains, "I'm aiming to be the biggest equestrian retailer in the UK, and then, who knows, maybe the world." This spirit of aiming high is what drives our team every day, and we invite you to join us on this thrilling ride. Fuel your journey with the essentials from our Everyday Horse Vitamins & Supplements collection.

The Art of Progression: More Than Just Turning Up

Aaron hits the nail on the head when he talks about progression. "It's not just about turning up... It's about turning up, putting in the effort, and having an aim." This mantra is crucial, whether you're in the saddle or running a business. It's about consistent effort and clear goals – something we embody in our approach to offering the best in equestrian gear. Check out our high-quality Stable Rugs and Turnout Rugs for your horse's comfort and wellbeing.

Life Lessons from the Equestrian World

Aaron shared some profound insights on the broader life lessons the equestrian world offers. He reflects, "The horse world is filled with lessons... it’s a great industry, and I absolutely love it." It's not just about riding; it's about the values and experiences that shape us. Whether you're a seasoned rider or a newcomer, there's always something to learn from this passionate community.

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Success Formula in Equestrianism and Life

Success in equestrianism, as in life, is more than just talent. It's about effort, presence, and ambition. Aaron sums it up perfectly: "The formula of success? Turn up, put the effort in, have an aim." This simple yet powerful formula is something we can all apply, whether we're in the saddle, in the office, or facing life's many hurdles.

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Conclusion: The Equestrian Journey Continues

As we wrap up this episode, we're reminded of the joy, challenges, and lessons that come with being part of the equestrian community. Aaron's journey with Just Horse Riders is a testament to the perseverance, passion, and commitment that defines this world.

Remember, this is just a glimpse into the rich tapestry of equestrian life. For the full experience and more heartwarming stories, be sure to watch the full episode on YouTube or listen on Spotify. Join us on this journey, and let's celebrate the equestrian spirit together!

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