Pictured left is Triple Olympic Gold Medalist Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro. The most successful British dressage rider in the history of the sport and the winner of all major titles and world records in the sport, Dujardin has been described as the dominant dressage rider of her era. Why Charlotte above other riders? Natural Talent definitely is a factor, Charlotte’s talent was spotted by Carl Hester while she had a lesson with him one day during employment with him – now not all of us are lucky enough to catch Carl’s eye, so a bit of luck is also included.
However when riding a dressage competition, there are a few things you need to remember at all levels, whether you are at Prelim or Grand Prix, they are:
- Know your test inside & out – this enables you to be able to focus on riding your horse correctly without worrying about what comes next
- Make sure you ride accurately to all your markers – precision and timing allows for a fluid flowing test.
- Work in Harmony with your horse – this is a relationship between horse and rider, to produce your best and show off the talent of your horse, you need a true harmony – this is achieved through hours and hours of training and trust and a bond with your horse, it cannot be produced through fear.
The hours you put in to developing and training yourself as a rider and training your horse correctly and harmoniously from the beginning at Prelim level, will show as you migrate up the levels towards Grand Prix. Dressage training done correctly gives you and excellent gauge of how your horses training is progressing.
If i was to relate this to starting and developing a company from scratch, I would say one of the fundamental basics that needs to be in place from the beginning would be a carefully defined and planned bookkeeping operation. You need to know exactly how and what financial detail you want to track within your company, otherwise you have no way to measure the success (or failure, unfortunately) of your business efforts.
Bookkeeping when done properly, gives you an excellent gauge of how well you are doing. It also provides you with lots of information throughout the year so you can test the financial success of your business strategies and make course corrections early in the year, if necessary, to ensure that you reach your year-end profit goals.
My journey with my horse through dressage has meant that my horse has become my best-friend, he is there for me through the good and the bad, and together we learn what our strengths and weaknesses are and how we work through our problems, so I never take him for granted, I’ve taken the time to develop him and myself as a rider, with an expert instructor, giving us the best chance to get as far up the dressage levels as we possibly can.
Likewise Bookkeeping can become your best friend for managing your financial assets and testing your business strategies, so don’t shortchange it. Take the time – Like I am with Sharp (my horse) – to develop your bookkeeping systems with an expert in the field – for example Great Elm Bookkeepers – before you even open your business’s doors and make your first sale! Who knows… Your business may well become the next triple Olympic Gold Medalist of the business world!!