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In Brief: Elisabeth Hardy (23) from Belgium

Name: Elisabeth Hardy
Age: 23
From: Belgium

Notable achievements / palmares of Elisabeth Hardy.

Endurance World Elisabeth Hardy. Podium.Top 20 world ranking rider for two years.
Silver team medal in the European Championship for young riders in Kreuth – GER 2010.
Ninth in the World Championship for young riders in Abu Dhabi – UAE 2011 and first European rider.
Silver medal in the World Championship for young horses 2017 in Brussels – BEL.
Winner of Compiegne – FRA, Monpazier – FRA, Brussels – BEL, Fontainebleau – FRA, Mont Le Soie – BEL, Cirencester – GBR.
Podium places in Florac – FRA, Castelsagrat – FRA, Madine – FRA, Negrepelisse – FRA, Argentan – FRA, Dubai – UAE, Santo Domingo – CHI, Ermelo – NED, Euston Park – GBR.
European speed record in 120km, Windsor – GBR 2017.
Competed in four different continents: South America, Europe, Asia, and Middle East.

Endurance World Elisabeth Hardy. With flag.When did you start riding?

I started riding when I was six years old, no one in my family is a horse rider, but I don’t why, when I was six I pushed my parents to enrol me in a riding school, I wanted to try… That’s where all began. I didn’t stop since then. I am very lucky because I came across amazing horse men and teachers who believed in me, pushed me, and taught me the right things. Also, I have amazing parents who always follow and support me even if they don’t like too much horses…. but I think I gave them a little bit of my passion hahaha.
I started riding in a very simple riding school, and I did a lot of jumping and endurance at the same time. When I started university I had to make a choice because I couldn’t have time to do both. It came naturally to choose for endurance. In fact, I love this discipline, the respect of the horse you need to have, the technicity to prepare a horse at its best to run 120 km as fast as possible passionate me. I always try to better understand how a horse works from inside, why he doesn’t eat well, why he is lame, why he doesn’t recover well, why he uses his body in this specific way…. It became a lifestyle for me, I love to read about technical things, talking with other riders and trainers about their experiences, trying to find solutions, trying to evolve to be the best… I love to look at my horses, I can pass hours to look at them, see how they act, how they eat, drink… I always try to apply new things to be better. Because I believe that if you do what all the others are doing, you will not be better. You have to be special to be better. Endurance is a very technical discipline if you are trainer, and this is really what I like.

Endurance World Elisabeth Hardy. In the sand.Own horses or ride for somebody else?

I went to some professional riders’ stables in France to learn and see other things. In 2013 I had the chance to begin a collaboration with Emaar stables, in Dubai. I stayed three seasons in the UAE and I really learned a lot. I met many people, many trainers, saw many things, it’s amazing how I evolved since then. I try to listen, watch and apply what I feel is the best for my training.
This year I decided to stay in my stables in France the whole year and not go back to the UAE. In fact, I think I am now ready to start my own stables in France. I have some nice owners who trust me and amazing people behind me.

What else does Elisabeth Hardy enjoy?

I enjoy doing sport in general, I like running. Running helps me to better understand my horses. I also used to love doing basketball.

Endurance World Elisabeth Hardy. Finish.Educational background?

I have just been graduated this year in a master of international business at the English Heriot Watt University of Dubai. My parents pushed me to study and I am finally very happy to have this background.

What one or two things do you currently do in your training that are keys to your success?

I really believe that the key to success is always trying to evolve. It’s basic but I feel many trainers just continue their way to train and don’t want to change. But the discipline is changing a lot, it became very fast, very high level now. Yet I think the key to success is to observe and have the good feeling with the horses. I saw many good riders but without feelings they don’t succeed. Finally, I think in endurance you need to be very patient, otherwise don’t do endurance hahaha.

Endurance World Elisabeth Hardy. Well done.What would be the ultimate achievement for Elisabeth Hardy?

My dream would be to win a championship. I believe I can do it, but I still have many things to learn. I also need to find the good horse and keep him, which is difficult … But it will come in the good time, I just must continue my job, continue to work hard and learn. The rest will come.

 

How would you rate your desire and determination to succeed?

200% but always with the respect for my horses.

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In Brief: Elisabeth Hardy (23) from Belgium

Name: Elisabeth Hardy
Age: 23
From: Belgium

Notable achievements / palmares of Elisabeth Hardy.

Endurance World Elisabeth Hardy. Podium.Top 20 world ranking rider for two years.
Silver team medal in the European Championship for young riders in Kreuth – GER 2010.
Ninth in the World Championship for young riders in Abu Dhabi – UAE 2011 and first European rider.
Silver medal in the World Championship for young horses 2017 in Brussels – BEL.
Winner of Compiegne – FRA, Monpazier – FRA, Brussels – BEL, Fontainebleau – FRA, Mont Le Soie – BEL, Cirencester – GBR.
Podium places in Florac – FRA, Castelsagrat – FRA, Madine – FRA, Negrepelisse – FRA, Argentan – FRA, Dubai – UAE, Santo Domingo – CHI, Ermelo – NED, Euston Park – GBR.
European speed record in 120km, Windsor – GBR 2017.
Competed in four different continents: South America, Europe, Asia, and Middle East.

Endurance World Elisabeth Hardy. With flag.When did you start riding?

I started riding when I was six years old, no one in my family is a horse rider, but I don’t why, when I was six I pushed my parents to enrol me in a riding school, I wanted to try… That’s where all began. I didn’t stop since then. I am very lucky because I came across amazing horse men and teachers who believed in me, pushed me, and taught me the right things. Also, I have amazing parents who always follow and support me even if they don’t like too much horses…. but I think I gave them a little bit of my passion hahaha.
I started riding in a very simple riding school, and I did a lot of jumping and endurance at the same time. When I started university I had to make a choice because I couldn’t have time to do both. It came naturally to choose for endurance. In fact, I love this discipline, the respect of the horse you need to have, the technicity to prepare a horse at its best to run 120 km as fast as possible passionate me. I always try to better understand how a horse works from inside, why he doesn’t eat well, why he is lame, why he doesn’t recover well, why he uses his body in this specific way…. It became a lifestyle for me, I love to read about technical things, talking with other riders and trainers about their experiences, trying to find solutions, trying to evolve to be the best… I love to look at my horses, I can pass hours to look at them, see how they act, how they eat, drink… I always try to apply new things to be better. Because I believe that if you do what all the others are doing, you will not be better. You have to be special to be better. Endurance is a very technical discipline if you are trainer, and this is really what I like.

Endurance World Elisabeth Hardy. In the sand.Own horses or ride for somebody else?

I went to some professional riders’ stables in France to learn and see other things. In 2013 I had the chance to begin a collaboration with Emaar stables, in Dubai. I stayed three seasons in the UAE and I really learned a lot. I met many people, many trainers, saw many things, it’s amazing how I evolved since then. I try to listen, watch and apply what I feel is the best for my training.
This year I decided to stay in my stables in France the whole year and not go back to the UAE. In fact, I think I am now ready to start my own stables in France. I have some nice owners who trust me and amazing people behind me.

What else does Elisabeth Hardy enjoy?

I enjoy doing sport in general, I like running. Running helps me to better understand my horses. I also used to love doing basketball.

Endurance World Elisabeth Hardy. Finish.Educational background?

I have just been graduated this year in a master of international business at the English Heriot Watt University of Dubai. My parents pushed me to study and I am finally very happy to have this background.

What one or two things do you currently do in your training that are keys to your success?

I really believe that the key to success is always trying to evolve. It’s basic but I feel many trainers just continue their way to train and don’t want to change. But the discipline is changing a lot, it became very fast, very high level now. Yet I think the key to success is to observe and have the good feeling with the horses. I saw many good riders but without feelings they don’t succeed. Finally, I think in endurance you need to be very patient, otherwise don’t do endurance hahaha.

Endurance World Elisabeth Hardy. Well done.What would be the ultimate achievement for Elisabeth Hardy?

My dream would be to win a championship. I believe I can do it, but I still have many things to learn. I also need to find the good horse and keep him, which is difficult … But it will come in the good time, I just must continue my job, continue to work hard and learn. The rest will come.

 

How would you rate your desire and determination to succeed?

200% but always with the respect for my horses.

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