This week I’m chatting with 16-year-old Polish international dressage rider, Caroline Pawluk. Read on to discover more about Caroline, her ambitions, and top tips for success
Tell us about you and your horse
Hi, my name is Caroline, I am sixteen years old and from Poland and Germany. I compete internationally and I am a member of the national squad for Poland in the junior division. Some of my biggest achievements in the sport have been a gold and bronze medal at the Polish Championships and two nominations for the European Championships, all of this I was able to achieve with my heart horse and sports partner of already five years Fatum.
How did your horse come into your life?
Fatum came into my life when I was around the age of twelve years, from the first time I tried him up until this day he is the perfect match for me and I am so thankful to have learnt so much from him.
How long have you been riding?
I have only been riding for about 6 years now and started competing internationally in 2021.
When and where do you ride?
If possible, because of school work, I ride around five times per week, but this also depends on my horses schedules.
How did you start riding?
My younger sister always loved horses so when she started riding she convinced me to come to the stable too and from the first contact with horses I fell in love with them.
What are you and your horses currently working on?
It changes everyday as all of my horses have different needs and different abilities but generally, I always work on keeping them motivated and happy and I like to playfully include exercises from the tests in training.
What do you love about riding?
There’s nothing that I don’t love about riding, it’s so rewarding as a rider to see improvement within your horse and to build a connection and trust with them. I love that all horses are individual and that every ride is unique and when I’m riding that nothing else matters.
What would you like to be doing in the future and do you have any goals?
In the future I’d like to go to university after I finish school and I would like to combine studying with riding.
Have you ever had to deal with nerves in riding?
Definitely, I think it’s normal though. I think it’s important to have a way of dealing with them to deliver your best performance.
How do you deal with them?
When I get nervous at shows I like to listen to music before my tests.
Your Top Tip
Strive to be better than you were yesterday.
Down The Centre Line
Who would be your dream horse to ride?
Who is your equestrian hero?
Jessica von Bredow-Werndl and Cathrine Dufour
If you could have 5 people to dinner, who would they be?
Jessica von Bredow-Werndl, Catherine Dufour, Isabell Werth, Lottie Fry and Rafael Nadal
Favourite colour horse?
Black and dark bay
Favourite horse event?
European Championships, Aachen Youngstars and CDI Kronberg
Favourite way to relax?
Go out with friends
Right now I like the series “Breakpoint” on netflix
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You can keep up with Carolines’s progress and check out her instagram page here