Heidi Troniseck, groom to Richard Davison: the medallist’s secret weapon

  • Richard Davison, who was a member of the British silver medal-winning group on the dressage World Championships in Herning in August, has a secret weapon in his travelling groom, Heidi Troniseck.

    In an interview on this week’s episode of The Horse & Hound Podcast, Richard reveals that Heidi not solely cares for his home-bred trip Bubblingh, but in addition has an important function in supporting his coaching and growth of the horse.

    “She’s going to stroll Bubblingh out a number of occasions a day at a present, clearly on a head collar, however not simply to present him grass and get the sunshine – which is what all people ought to do with their horses after they’re stabled at reveals – however to assist his coaching in order that he learns to face nonetheless,” explains Richard.

    “He’s obtained a really large flight intuition, so while you’re strolling him round on an enormous showground with numerous folks and noise, that flight intuition will be triggered. When the flight intuition is triggered, horses transfer their legs very quick, so she trains him to take care of what could be a set off of flight – the flapping flags or the noise or the loud music – however truly to maintain his legs nonetheless.

    “That groundwork is essential, very useful and important to his efficiency at reveals.”

    Richard Davison goes on to elucidate that his groom Heidi Troniseck will generally be alongside Bubblingh in the principle enviornment at an occasion.

    He says: “If the organisers let me, she’s going to come right into a prize giving with the horse or no less than the start of the prize giving. That isn’t as a result of I want the horse held as a result of I would fall off – contact wooden – however as a result of there’s a psychological affiliation for the horse that together with her alongside and on the bottom [he should stand still], as a result of she’s performed a lot groundwork with the horse. A giant prize giving will be very scary, particularly indoor ones, for horses, due to the noise from the folks, the applause, the highlight.

    “Likewise generally once we’re allowed to coach in the principle enviornment, she’s going to lead Bubblingh across the enviornment relatively than me using. So she’s placing him in that environment, however there’s the affiliation together with her on the bottom.

    “It’s a really holistic job growing a contest horse – it’s all about what’s happening contained in the horse’s thoughts.”

    Hear extra about grooms’ function in Richard’s group, his experiences on the World Championships and his subsequent plans for Bubblingh by tuning into episode 125 of The Horse & Hound Podcast right here or search “The Horse & Hound Podcast” in your favorite podcast app.

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