Meet Our Rider: Stephanie Scott (New Zealand)

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Your name, country of residence, and age?

Stephanie Scott, 27, from New Zealand

 

How long have you been riding horses for? - how many horses do you own?

Riding since I was 3, competing in eventing since I was 14. Currently, I own four horses.

 

What are your main motivations for entering The Gobi Desert Cup?

The love of adventure and travel, the personal challenge, and experiencing the thrill of endurance horse racing.

 

What have been your major highlights/achievements in endurance riding/equestrian sports

For me, the greatest achievement is bringing on a young horse and giving them the tools and confidence to compete successfully in whatever discipline they are most suited to.

 

What are your long-term goals in the sport?

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I used to want to make it the  Olympics. These days I'm just aiming to successfully compete at 2-star level eventing. 

 

What do you fear the most about the race?

The physical and mental challenge of so many consecutive days racing in the heat. 

 

What do you feel are your main strengths for The Gobi Desert Cup?

I feel that I have good mental stamina and determination and an ability to ride a wide variety of horses. Of course, though, only time will tell!

 

What areas do you feel that you need improvement in before the race?

Physical fitness and strength is an area I would like to improve dramatically. It is such a specialised type of fitness to ride 80km a day, then get back up and do it all again for so many  consecutive days

 

Do you currently do any other kind of training beside riding horses? If yes, provide details.

I always do a small amount of additional exercise, including walking/running and yoga, though as the race draws nearer, I would like to start increasing the intensity of these workouts and add some strength training too

 

How much are you riding in preparation for the race, what is your training plan?

 

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Not as much yet as I would like. Currently building the fitness of my horse and myself and trying to locate venues to ride longer distances over, hopefully doing a couple of multi-day rides as we get closer to August  

 

 

Finally, what would be a successful ride for you?

If we're talking about a successful gobi desert cup ride. A successful ride would involve crossing the finish line happy, healthy, and ideally somewhere in the top 20 (😜)

 

By Heather Wallace