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Nadine Schwartsman

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Team Uhip Nadine Schwartsman

2024-07-03

How does a normal day look like an International Grand Prix rider? Below, Nadine tells us a bit about herself and gives some good tips on how to success in the sport. 

Tell us briefly about yourself

My name is Nadine Schwartsman. I’m an International Grand Prix rider and trainer, USDF Gold, Silver and Bronze medalist, and Diamond Achievement recipient. I graduated from the L program with distinction and was recently accepted into the “R” judges program. I’m originally from Germany where I received my classical and horse welfare centered Dressage education. I immigrated to the United States in 2008 and since 2012 I have owned and operated my Dressage training stable, Les Bois Dressage, in Eagle, Idaho.

How long have you been riding?

I started riding and competing in Germany at age 5 and ever since then horses have been a huge part of my life!

What does a typical day look like for you?

My day starts at 5:45am, answering the overnight emails and texts. I arrive at the barn around 6:30am and bring in and feed the first few horses on my list for the day. My staff team arrives at 7:00am and provides the support that I need in order to ride 10-12 horses before 1:00pm. From 1pm to 7pm I teach lessons and finish up the work day by organizing the next days schedule. Then it’s back home to get dinner ready for my family. I spent the evenings working in the office and whenever possible I try to squeeze in an extra workout.

What has been your greatest personal achievement in equestrian sport?

Apart from my wins at national and international competitions I would consider training many horses from youngster to Grand Prix my greatest achievement. No matter how many times I take a horse that I have trained for the first time down centerline at FEI it still feels magical to me.

What motivates you in the sport?

Becoming a better rider and trainer for my horses and students motivates me. I have been a Dressage trainer for over 20 years now and have never once been bored. Every day brings a new adventure and every day I learn something new!

What are your top tips for someone who dreams of a successful career in equestrian sport?

Be prepared to work hard every day and always be ready to learn. Find a great mentor and learn their system. Always put the horses ahead of the sport. Don’t forget why you got into the sport in the first place: your love of horses!

What are your future visions and dreams?

My goal is to represent my chosen home, the United States, in international competition. But I make sure to enjoy the journey every day and find happiness in the little things.

How do you prepare for competition?

I typically ride through the tests or freestyles two to three weeks ahead of a competition. After that I just fine tune things and keep the horses happy and feeling their best. I’m a planner so I like to be completely packed a week before a show so I don’t have to worry about forgetting anything. I’m the queen of lists and have check lists for everything! The night before the competition I visualize every test that I’m going to ride the next day. Thankfully I don’t get nervous at competitions. I truly enjoy the experience, especially being able to spent more one on one time with the horses.

What are your favorite Uhip products?

I absolutely love all the Uhip technical tops. I wear them for training and as show shirts. Idaho can get quite hot in the summer and jackets are often waived so I have been showing quite a bit in my Uhip tops! In the winter I live in my Ally coat. I have one for the barn and one for “real life” and wear them 7 days a week!

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