This week I’m thrilled to be chatting with the hugely talented 17 year-old FEI dressage rider, Aubrie Miller. Based in her hometown of Winnipeg in Canada, Aubrie looks set to have a very successful future having already competed successfully at Young Riders and has ambitions towards competing at senior Grand Prix in the future. Read on to discover more about Aubrie, her ambitions, and top tips for success
Tell us about you
My name is Aubrie Miller, I am a seventeen year old Canadian FEI dressage rider. I have competed up to young riders at Global dressage festival located in Wellington Florida. I have hopes of competing in the U25 as well as senior grand prix with the years to come. My hometown is Winnipeg MB, Canada.
How did horses come into your life?
Horses came into my life at a very young age, I would go on pony rides at fairs and birthday parties, but when I knew I was vested in this sport was when I turned five years old; I started taking weekly lessons, then leasing horses, eventually leading to buying my first horse. From there it hasn’t stopped.
How long have you been riding?
I have been riding 12 years
When and where do you ride?
My horses and I are based in Wellington Florida.
I train with the wonderful Shayna Simon located at Equidae Dressage.
What do you love about riding?
The thing I love most about riding is the special bond you create with the horse, and the partnership that forms.
What you would you like to be doing in the future and do you have any goals?
This coming year my goals are to qualify for FEI juniors and FEI young riders and compete at NAYC, following by the U25 and then eventually move up into the senior grand prix with hopes to compete in Europe at some of the bigger competitions.
Have you ever had to deal with nerves in riding?
Yes! Many, many times. It’s not uncommon to have nerves while riding or going up the centre line at the show, I typically have nerves the first centreline of my test as I am just hoping to remember my test. To help these nerves I just keep saying the pattern in my head and focus on my horse. Usually after the first movement they go away
Your Top Tip
My top tip to other riders would be, don’t care what other people think about you or say about you! Focus on your horses and goals, don’t get distracted by what other people say about you.
Down the Centre Line
Who would be your dream horse to ride?
Definitely Lottie Fry’s Glamourdale!
Who is your equestrian hero?
I don’t think I could pick just one, but Catherine Dufour, Lottie Fry, and Charlotte Dujardin.
Favourite colour horse?
My favourite colour horse would be grey, or black.
If you could have 5 people to dinner, who would it be?
Catherine DuFour, Lottie Fry, Charlotte Dujardin, Isabel Werth, and Carl Hester.
Favourite horse event?
Even though I have not competed there yet, my favourite venue that I have seen would be the World Equestrian Centre in Ocala FL.
Chocolate chip waffles
Favourite way to relax?
Listening to music while driving with friends or going to the beach.
If you enjoyed meeting Aubrie you might like to view more dressage rider “chatting with” interviews here You can keep up with Aubrie’s progress and check out her instagram page here