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Suzi Hext - Against the Odds - Brand Ambassador

Meet Suzi

A 2017 Round Up!

2017 couldn’t have turned out much better- Gaining a place on my first championship team, winning 3 Gold medals at the Europeans, being moved up onto the National Lottery World Class Podium squad, receiving a BEF Medal of Honour at Olympia, treasured time spent with my family and friends, invites to various events such as BBC Sports Personality of the Year, winning a swimming competition and to top it off ending the year as FEI World Number 1 in my Grade…

To begin I just want to take this time to thank a few people who I couldn’t have done this without- Pammy/ Charlie Hutton, Henrietta Cheetham (The Lady Joseph Trust), my incredible family and friends, my sponsors, the Lottery Funded World class support team, doctors, nurses, and Dal and Rob at Oaksey House that keep me in one piece and tame my uncooperative body!! No words truly justify how grateful I am for all your support.

New Year, new goals…

Now it’s time to set new goals, analyse and focus on any areas that will help make marginal performance gains over the coming year. I have been working extremely hard over the winter in the gym/ pool on my overall fitness and I’ve also made sure I have had some down time for once. Some of which was enforced rest when I was snowed in! (I did however manage to build a slightly dubious looking snowman outside my front door!)

As always my main focus is to continue to be passionate about what I do, I think this is a fundamental part of gaining any success. Early mornings, late nights and the tough times, are all made a lot easier and put in perspective if you love what you do. One thing I have certainly learnt from my accident is to cherish every moment, and that life’s far too short to sweat the small stuff. You have to make memories and treasure them, I never want to look back in years to come with regret that I’ve not given it everything I’ve got. ‘365 new days, 365 new chances’…

My philosophy in terms of ‘my zone’ for Sport Psychology, has always based around ‘Core values’ and what is important to me. Most of all enjoying what I do…

So, what are my main focuses, aside from the above in 2018- Allowing my body the time it needs to rest and structuring in some down time (this will be music to my physio’s ears!!), my nutrition (pre planning and increasing my daily intake), looking at starting an open university degree, looking for the next up and coming superstar para horse, and continuing to work on my overall fitness. Only a few area’s to work on!!

Oh and obviously a little added challenge for the year- aiming to compete in my first team Triathlon, for a bit of fun with Imogen (Vet at B&W) and her partner, and my physio’s at Oaksey House have also mentioned doing a competition with me!

Sid’s back- Massive Thank you to B&W Equine Vets…

When I returned home from the Europeans with Abira in September, I quickly realised that Sid wasn’t quite himself. I couldn’t put my finger on it, he was just getting extremely tired and didn’t have any spark.

We ran some bloods and over time he began to go downhill and it became clear that he was suffering from ‘Liver disease’. I don’t think we will ever know how he’s contracted liver disease, but after a stay in B&W Equine vets for a week and various setbacks, he’s now on the right track and he has just started back in walk work- although he definitely thinks walk work is pretty boring already!! Fingers crossed he continues in the right direction.

I can’t thank everyone at ‘B&W Equine Vets’ enough for all their help. In particular Imogen Johns for treating him and continuing to stay positive throughout. I certainly miss not working amongst such a fantastic team, however, I know it was the right decision to focus on my future as a para athlete and see where it takes me.

Search for next Para Superstar continues…

I’m also currently searching for my next para superstar. I’m a Grade 3 rider, which means our tests are walk and trot, as such the horse MUST have an exceptional walk and trot with a WOW factor. Aged between 6-10 years old, 16-16.3hh and must be safe and have a good temperament. Naturally forward going, as I have very little use in my legs.

Please contact me if you know of any possible horses for sale- suzannahext@hotmail.co.uk

‘Your future depends on what you do in the present’…

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