Iconic horseman Bernie Traurig and I discuss his take on the importance of preparation and the most valuable mental skill –> as well as how he used it in his own riding career and encourages riders to use it today.
Taylor St Jacques shares some the mental preparation and strategies she used to go an amazing 5-for-5 in the equitation at Devon last week! ????
And I respond to a listener question about how to focus when you hear someone else’s scores as you head into the show ring.
True athletes have a deep motivation to learn, develop and grow throughout their careers. Hope Glynn talks here about triathlons and what she has learned through her experiences in a new sport:
“You get a real strong sense of accomplishment when you have overcome something that is scary and difficult. And scary and difficult may be the long stirrup to one person and the AO hunters to another. I can promise you that the first triathlon that I did was the short stirrup triathlon if they had a name for it… I told someone I was so happy to just to have finished it — which was so different from my other sport!”
Five-time Olympian Anne Kursinski speaks about mental strength with Tonya Johnston. Tonya shares a recommendation for “MindGym” (a book everyone should have in their mental skills library) and answers a listener question on the mental side of riding. Listen in… (more…)
So excited to share my first Inside Your Ride podcast episode… – John French talks about what he does to get himself into the right mindset before a big class, how every rider has their own zone, what he does to challenge himself, and how to handle pressure. – Kristin Keim and I discuss my favorite meditation app Headspace and the importance of mindfulness training for athletes. – I answer a listener question about how you can tell the difference between nerves and excitement. So grateful to my awesome guests and everyone at Horse Radio Network and the Plaid Horse who helped make this episode so much fun to do! Looking forward to many more podcasts as part of the Plaidcast.
Plaid Horse presents the first “Inside Your Ride” with mental skills coach Tonya Johnston. Tonya speaks about the mental game with top Hunter Rider John French, speaks with Dr. Kristin Keim about mindfulness and her app “Headspace”. Plus, Tonya answers listener questions on the mental side of riding. Listen in… (more…)
Appeared on ProEquest.com, January 2016 By Tonya Johnston, MA
Your potential buyers just called from the airport to say they are on their way. You may be at a horse show or at your barn at home, but either way you have everything lined up and in tip-top shape. Though you never know exactly how it will go, you are excited for them to arrive. Oh wait, there it was again—was that actually excitement? Or did you just tighten your stomach and clench your teeth? You have a lot at stake with this deal, so there is a good chance your optimistic outlook is accidentally morphing into negative feelings of pressure as you wait for them to arrive.
There is an aspect of performance in selling horses that can create an underlying (and understandable) sense of anxiety. For example, unlike at a new-car dealership, your horse may not start up or perform exactly the same way on any given day. In addition, when you are competing your sale horse at a show with buyers watching the color of the ribbon you win (or do not win) can potentially influence the process.
Appeared in iJump Magazine, January 2013 By Tonya Johnston, MA
Going to horse shows with your friends can be a fantastic, fun experience. You get to root for each other, be silly together between classes, clap and whoop after each other’s great rides, and help one another through the occasional rough patch. Some days, however, having to compete against your friends can feel like a distracting challenge. Who will have to go first? Who will ride well? Who will get more attention from the trainers? Who will be champion? It can catch you off-guard to feel competitive with people you consider good friends, and you may feel strange, vulnerable or disloyal in those instances. If this sounds familiar, and you have occasionally felt off-kilter when competing with your friends, here are some ideas that can help you stay focused and composed.