EFO's October ROM
We are very proud to announce our October 'Rider of the Month', Nyomi Yzerman. Nyomi, is a young rider joining our ROM team and we could not be more excited to share her interview.
With determination in her heart, a love for horses from a very young age and big goals set, Nyomi is someone you want to keep on your radar. She is a rising star and an up and coming rider who we hope to see in the Grand Prix rings soon. Keep reading to find out more about her!
- How did you enter the Equestrian Industry?
My mother was the person who introduced me to horses and the Equestrian Industry.
- What is your first memory you have with horses?
My first memory with horses would have to be our pony named Rexs. He was a very stubborn little guy and loved to run wild in the paddock. He also adored getting treats!
- Do you want to be working with horses as a profession?
When I grow up I definitely would like to be a professional horseback rider. I am working hard every day with my coaches to achieve that goal!
- What does an average day look like for you?
An average day for me consists of going to my coach’s barn (Beda Wachter) and then returning home to spend time with my horses, grooming them, giving them love and always a treat be for I leave.
- What are the most common challenges you face?
Holding the reins evenly in both hands, one rein always seems to be shorter/longer than the other.
- Do you have any suggestions for young riders aspiring to become professional riders?
I currently can’t think of any suggestions, but I am always welcome to hearing suggestions and advice from others.
- If you could spend a day doing a different sport, what would it be and why?
Cross country running. It is something I am good at and it helps me stay fit for riding.
- If you weren’t in the Equestrian Industry, what do you think you would be doing instead and why?
If I wasn’t aiming to be in the Equestrian Industry, I don’t really know what I would be doing instead. I might know in a few years but as of right now, I am working hard to make my dream of becoming a professional rider come true!
- What accomplishment are you most proud of within the Equestrian Industry? (Does not have to be show related)
I am very proud of myself for doing ‘Children’s’!
- The most memorable horse which you have owned or ridden is _____ and why?
It would have to be Secret Agent. He taught me a lot. He helped me learn how to jump and took good care of me while I was figuring things out.
- What is the one thing you can never go to a horse-show without? (i.e. lucky socks)
My royal blue show jacket!!!
- Do you have any horse-show rituals? (other than getting Tim’s at 4am)
I love learning my course early and ahead of time, so I know when I do my course walk I already know what I am going to do.
- What is your favourite post-horseshow thing to do? (i.e. relax with a glass of wine, unpack the trailer etc.)
After showing, my favourite thing to do is to walk in for the victory gallop. Knowing that my hard work has paid off, the feeling of the victory gallop is like none other!
- Does your horse have a favourite treat? If so, what is it?
Chip loves carrots, apples (especially honey crisp) and bio bit!
- What do you like to do when you manage to get some time off and away from the barn?
Going to the lake or going to Curacou are my favourite things to do when I am not at the barn.
- Describe your dream vacation (does not have to be horse related)
If I could, I would travel the world with my horses.
- What are you most grateful for at your barn?
My coaches, Beda Wachter and Lynne Stephenson. Of course, I cannot leave out my horses.
- Describe the funniest wardrobe malfunction that you have had when riding?
One time I was riding Jeeves and in slow motion I slid off of him, saddle and all! It was very funny!
- What is your go-to late night snack?
Apples! Apples! Apples!
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Thank you so much for taking the time to sit down and answer our questions Nyomi, we are so proud of how far you have come and cannot wait to see where you will go next. We wish you the best of luck in and out of the show ring!
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