“Amazing Horsewomen”: US Equestrian Christian Simonson Applauds Unsung Heroes Whilst Sharing Valuable Training Insights

Published 01/07/2024, 10:45 AM EST

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In 2023, Christian Simonson had a phenomenal year. His presence at the 2023 PanAm Games left attendees mesmerized by his outstanding performance and graceful demeanor. Simonson and his partner, Son of Lady, played an instrumental role in securing Team USA’s gold medal at the tournament. Though uncertainty clouds Simonson’s participation in the upcoming 2024 Olympics, the indelible impact of his recent teachings resonates deeply within the equestrian community.

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Christian Simonson recently shared an Instagram story, unveiling the significant training resources that have shaped his journey. In this tribute to the training courses, he credited two pivotal individuals in his life who have been instrumental in teaching him all of this.

Equestrian insight on encouragement

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In a recent Instagram story reshare from Horse World TV, Christian Simonson was seen gracefully riding a horse while sharing insightful words of encouragement. “Words of encouragement are crucial,” Simonson expressed as he gently scratched the horse’s withers. “That’s probably one of the most important things I think happens with us training courses,” he added. Recognizing that effort plays a pivotal role in fostering their willingness to try, it constitutes a fundamental aspect of our partnership. While urging them to achieve remarkable feats on a global scale, they also require affirmation.

They need to sense our dedication to standing by them. Consequently, they reciprocate with their utmost. As riders, fostering this mutual respect and acknowledgement holds utmost importance. However, the caption of the story was, “Such an important concept I have learned from amazing horsewomen @adrienne.lyle and @katie duerrhammer. Even if they get it wrong that’s ok what’s more important is if they tried to get the right answer.” Additionally, it’s worth noting that Christian has been a student of Adrienne Lyle, while Katie Duerrhammer has been his fellow rider.

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Christian Simonson receives 2023 Lionel Guerrand-Hermes trophy

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In January 2023, Christian Simonson was honored with the esteemed 2023 Lionel Guerrand-Hermes Trophy by the United States Equestrian Team (USET) Foundation. This recognition, received during the Gold Medal Club Reception in Wellington, Florida, celebrates his embodiment of sportsmanship and horsemanship ideals as a junior rider in Olympic disciplines.

Acknowledging the influential guidance from his trainer Adrienne Lyle and fellow rider Katie Duerrhammer, Simonson expressed gratitude for their mentorship, attributing much of his success to their support and aiming to continue his journey by upholding the USET Foundation’s standards.

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Maleehah Shakeel

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Hey, I'm a fervent US sports writer at EssentiallySports, where my passion for sports seamlessly intertwines with the art of storytelling. I've honed my skills in crafting engaging narratives and offering insightful analysis within the realm of US sports, with a special expertise in equestrian sports. Equestrian sports aren't merely a fascination; they hold an irreplaceable spot in my heart.
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