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In brief: Manuela Valenzuela

We take a moment to learn more about young female rider, Manuela Valenzuela from Santiago, Chile.

Manuela ValenzuelaBasic details:

Rider: Manuela Valenzuela
From: Santiago, Chile
Age: 21

For how long have you been riding?

I belong to a family where my parents are horse veterinarians. My mom rides endurance horses, and that’s the reason why I’ve been riding and practising equestrian sports since I was six years old.
My first race was in the year 2003 because of my mom. Since that day I’ve been practising this sport and training with her support.

Why horses and why endurance?

The contact with nature and horses is the reason that I take part in this unique sport. As you are not alone, and your horse becomes your partner, you need this special connection with each horse, to trust it and be a complement so that you make a team work for each race. This is how distance and time regulates yourself and your horse. The way you give your devotion and trust in the animal so that you can both finish the whole race successfully is what captivates me.

Do you own and train your own horses?

Actually my horses in Chile are trained by a groom, however, I think that it’s very important that the horse-rider link is established before the race. Training must be the instance for mutual knowledge and learning. This is why, as I’m a student, I always try to supplement the training of my horses.

In Chile, I ride my own horses, but I’m always ready and available to ride others’ horses.

Manuela ValenzuelaHow have you furthered your endurance career?

In the last year I made some trips to professionalize myself as a rider, to learn from experiences and strategies of riding, to know the endurance world and learn from the best to grow as a rider day by day.

For the 2016-17 season I’m in the UAE, training at the Al Kamda Endurance Stables. I also had the opportunity to train with an Emirates stable in Spain for a month in 2016, and I had the privilege to assist with many world championship events to give support and company to my mother. I was also selected for the Chilean team at Chile’s WEC 2015.

Today I’m training in the UAE. I recently rode for Kamda’s team in the H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid festival race for ladies, finishing in 30th place.

The level of training and riding in UAE is without any doubt very impressive. It helps me learn and develop as a rider. The speed here is enormously higher than the rest of the world, and here is where the best horses are, and that’s the reason why training here is so different to in my country. This makes me learn new strategies as I watch the best horse trainers in the whole world.

What’s your philosophy on racing?

The rider that I am today has been formed by every horse I’ve ridden, and is thanks to every race, completed or not, the perseverance I’ve put in at every training session, and most importantly always learning from others.

As it’s a sport with strong-willed animals, it means that there will always be highs and lows in terms of results, but perseverance is the quality that makes you a successful rider.


Instagram: @manuvalenzuela

FEI Database: Manuela Valenzuela

 

Image credit: Francisco Boetsch Tagle

In brief: Manuela Valenzuela

We take a moment to learn more about young female rider, Manuela Valenzuela from Santiago, Chile.

Manuela ValenzuelaBasic details:

Rider: Manuela Valenzuela
From: Santiago, Chile
Age: 21

For how long have you been riding?

I belong to a family where my parents are horse veterinarians. My mom rides endurance horses, and that’s the reason why I’ve been riding and practising equestrian sports since I was six years old.
My first race was in the year 2003 because of my mom. Since that day I’ve been practising this sport and training with her support.

Why horses and why endurance?

The contact with nature and horses is the reason that I take part in this unique sport. As you are not alone, and your horse becomes your partner, you need this special connection with each horse, to trust it and be a complement so that you make a team work for each race. This is how distance and time regulates yourself and your horse. The way you give your devotion and trust in the animal so that you can both finish the whole race successfully is what captivates me.

Do you own and train your own horses?

Actually my horses in Chile are trained by a groom, however, I think that it’s very important that the horse-rider link is established before the race. Training must be the instance for mutual knowledge and learning. This is why, as I’m a student, I always try to supplement the training of my horses.

In Chile, I ride my own horses, but I’m always ready and available to ride others’ horses.

Manuela ValenzuelaHow have you furthered your endurance career?

In the last year I made some trips to professionalize myself as a rider, to learn from experiences and strategies of riding, to know the endurance world and learn from the best to grow as a rider day by day.

For the 2016-17 season I’m in the UAE, training at the Al Kamda Endurance Stables. I also had the opportunity to train with an Emirates stable in Spain for a month in 2016, and I had the privilege to assist with many world championship events to give support and company to my mother. I was also selected for the Chilean team at Chile’s WEC 2015.

Today I’m training in the UAE. I recently rode for Kamda’s team in the H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid festival race for ladies, finishing in 30th place.

The level of training and riding in UAE is without any doubt very impressive. It helps me learn and develop as a rider. The speed here is enormously higher than the rest of the world, and here is where the best horses are, and that’s the reason why training here is so different to in my country. This makes me learn new strategies as I watch the best horse trainers in the whole world.

What’s your philosophy on racing?

The rider that I am today has been formed by every horse I’ve ridden, and is thanks to every race, completed or not, the perseverance I’ve put in at every training session, and most importantly always learning from others.

As it’s a sport with strong-willed animals, it means that there will always be highs and lows in terms of results, but perseverance is the quality that makes you a successful rider.


Instagram: @manuvalenzuela

FEI Database: Manuela Valenzuela

 

Image credit: Francisco Boetsch Tagle

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