Life Lessons

Sunday, December 5, 2010
Posted by Holly Jacobson

Anna Marek - Dressage Rider/Trainer

“As I dive deeper into the horse and competition world, I realize that challenges arise everyday, big and small. I see challenges everyday training the horses and dealing with people.” The horse world operates as it’s own microcosm and community with the highs and lows, dreams and drama that mirrors life. Marek understands that risk is very much part of the game. “There’s no such thing as guarantees, whether it’s a lame horse or a sale horse no one’s interested in.”

One of the biggest disappointments Anna had was with an injured horse. When she was 15, she had a schoolmaster all ready to do FEI Juniors. She had practiced the tests and signed up for the show. The Monday before the show a swollen leg led to a sprained suspensory diagnosis. “Right then, the vet pretty much nixed any plans of showing that whole summer. I was absolutely devastated and it was the best lesson I could've had so early on. The horses aren't invincible and anything can happen. Mentally, I need to be prepared for that.” Marek treats all her horses as the hard working athletes they are with constant attention. “I need to be aware of their aches and pains and do as much as I can to prevent something...well preventable!”

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