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Eventing behind the scenes: Britain's big "B" courses

Before 5* eventer Sarah Olivier (nee Stretton) became a mum, she had ridden most of the United Kingdom’s most challenging courses and produced a number of tricky horses. Sarah’s riding aspirations haven’t changed, but now, with her two-year-old daughter in tow, it’s all about finding the perfect eventing equilibrium.

Sarah shares the gamechanger that helped with the rehabilitation of her horse, Lazy Acres Skip On (Bob), as well as some lightbulb moments on pushing through injuries, self-doubt and life-changing events. 

  • Hear how a veterinary physiotherapist plus a saddlery innovation unlocked Bob’s potential to become a 5* eventing horse.
  • Do you remember your first saddle? Both Sarah and host Bex Mason started out in a Bates Caprilli!
  • Find out why a casual conversation with six-time Olympian, Andrew Hoy, has made all the difference to Sarah’s mindset in the start box at events like Badminton and Burghley.
  • Try not to “aww!” aloud, as you’re taken through Sarah’s pre-ride ritual to psyche herself up for cross country.
  • Are you a busy mum too? Sarah’s number one tip on finding her balance between family and horses might just be what you need to hear.

All this and so much more in this episode of THE EQUESTRIAN EXPERIENCE.

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