Guest blog: Kieran Smith

SEP. 14, 2020

We are delighted to welcome for our first guest blog: British Showjumper and Heavy Horseman Kieran Smith is striving for success, not only for himself but also for those around him. As a social media influencer and riding instructor, he loves nothing more than to encourage and support others.

British Showjumper and Heavy Horseman Kieran Smith is striving for success, not only for himself but also for those around him. As a social media influencer and riding instructor, he loves nothing more than to encourage and support others. Kieran kindly agreed to contribute to the Riders Helping Riders industry professional guest blog:

“‘Treat others how you wish to be treated' is something I stick to strictly. With my 15 years of experience in the equestrian industry-which may not seem like anything to some-I have both witnessed and experienced bullying. We live and work in an industry that often lacks support and encouragement. In contrast, when surrounded by people who want to see you succeed, the equine world can be incredible.

There are many reasons to why someone might feel the need to be a bully. Perhaps due to lack of confidence in themselves, they might feel the need to make those around them feel as small as they feel. Those people need to be left in their own category. Someone who feels the need to belittle those around them to make themselves feel better, holds no place within our industry.

Bullying of any type should never be tolerated, I often wonder if we were all to support, encourage and celebrate each other's achievements, how far we could all go together. To enable ourselves to enjoy what we love most, we must take off our competitive heads and realise that everyone has feelings. We must remember that those feelings can be hurt by unwanted and unnecessary opinions or actions.

If you support just one person, and that one person goes out to a competition and comes first, know that you've played a part towards their success-you have helped create that feeling of joy when they get handed a red ribbon. That is a success within itself.

With small changes to our behaviours we can make our sport a more welcoming and enjoyable environment for all. Focus on yourself, and don't allow the opinions of those around you affect your success. We all started somewhere, and we should work harder to support newcomers who will be the future of our equine world.

Inspire, Motivate and Support one another. Supporting another person’s success won't ever dampen yours.”

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