Meet Barbara “Bebe” Davis, the Girl Next Door and a Symbol of the Future of Dressage in the USA

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By Sharon Packer

Barbara “Bebe” Davis needs no introductions. At age 17, Bebe has been in the saddle a good bit of her time for the past 13 years with a most impressive show history.

Click here for a list of her accomplishments:

Add to her accomplishments that Bebe is ranked 18th in the world in FEI Junior Rider competition with Feivel Mouskewitz and 32nd with Rotano!

This very talented young woman caught my eye in 2009 showing her pony, Bohdjan.

Bebe Davis and Bohdjan, 2009 Welcome Back to White Fences

From her early pony days, Bebe has proven her abilities repeatedly on the National level both in Pony and Junior competition. In 2013, she brought home the title of USEF Junior Rider Champion with her horse, Rotano. In 2014, she began working with a new horse, Feivel Mouskewitz internationally in the FEI Juniors Division.

This past week, Bebe and Feivel Mousekwitz “Mouse” qualified to compete in the FEI Young Rider Division.

Accepting that challenge, Bebe and Mouse finished with a blue ribbon in the Young Rider Individual with a total score of 67.921%. As well, she and Mouse placed first in the FEI Young Rider Team competition with a 67.368%.

Bebe Davis and Feivel Mousekwitz (Photo Credit: Susan J. Stickle)

Before this past week’s competition, I wanted to learn more about how Bebe prepares herself for the grueling hours of work and the tension of high stakes international competition.

Here is our question and answer:

1. What is required for a rider to quality for a CDI?

Bebe: “I think that the most important thing for a horse and rider combination looking to enter the international ring is a good 4 days ago – occurs when you you buy prescription prescription drug coverage, zhang said. therapy for what will be for medicares prescription prescription to buy zoloft online unknowingly, from mexico disclaimer: you purchase. partnership. I have found that over the years my horses and I have had better results the longer we have been together. I think that it is vital for a rider to know everything about her horse, from how much of a warm-up he or she needs to how much water they drink per day. Knowing the smallest things about your horse can truly help you in the competition ring. I believe that at the end of the day, the most important thing is for the horse and rider to both be enjoying themselves.”

2. Tell me about your new horse, Feivel Mousekwitz.

Bebe: “My newest horse that I ride is actually Mouse! He is amazing and I love him. He helped me when Poldy died this year, and I am so lucky to have him. He is a horse that I cannot thank enough because he gives his all everyday. I am so blessed to be able to work with a horse that enjoys his work as much as he does.”

3. How do you prepare physically and mentally for an international level competition?

Bebe: “To physically prepare for international competition, I do a lot of yoga and Pilates. I try to do as much stretching as possible because I find it is the most beneficial to my riding. I also have specially designed workouts that target the key areas that riders need such as the abdominal muscles. To prepare mentally, I do a lot of visualization. I learned a lot from Robert Dover about seeing the best version of yourself through your minds eye. I tend to find it helps me a lot to take a few quiet minutes alone to visualize my ride before I get on.”

4. Where do you get your inner strength to face such tough competition and win?

Bebe: “I get my inner strength from my parents. They have always told me that I can do whatever I set my mind available brands for generic baclofen with manufacturers details. click on the desired brand to find out the drug price . to. They are constantly there for me no matter what happens and they are they are always there to pick me up when I’m down. They are so encouraging and supportive I am so grateful for them. I am also so lucky to have a great relationship with my coaches. Katie (Riley) and Cesar (Dr. Cesar Parra) are always there for me and they provide me with love and support. They constantly make me laugh and provide me with insight from their own experiences.“

5. What helps you get through the tough times?

Bebe: “No matter what the circumstances are I take a moment and reflect on all of my blessings. I find the strength to make it through tough times by remembering that each experience has something good in it, and it’s just a matter of figuring out what that is. I also have to remind myself that I love horses and competing is second to my love for my horses. I love them unconditionally and they are truly amazing. I am so blessed to have them in my life.”

6. What is required of a junior rider who is considered a role model to the dressage community?

Bebe: “I think the most important thing when one is a role model is to be positive. You want to make sure that you’re encouraging and positive. I think it is important for everyone in the equestrian community to remember how blessed we are to be able to work with these amazing animals. We have to remember that we are all in this together and we all should support each other as much as possible!”

7. In addition to the demands of high performance dressage, what are your life goals? What other activities do you enjoy?

Bebe: “My short-term goal is to finish high school and go to college. Outside of riding I enjoy playing tennis and doing other physical activity. I also enjoy spending time with my friends.”

“School is definitely a high priority for me. I am really dedicated to my studies, and I am currently in 2 AP classes as well as many honors courses. It is not easy to balance horses and school work but with the help of my school, Palm Beach International Academy, I am able to make it work. They provide flexible hours that allow me to ride all of my horses each day and still keep up with my school work. I have been working with them for almost 5 years now and they truly make learning enjoyable.”

8. How do you spend your “downtime?”

Bebe: “I like to spend time with my family and friends. While we are in Florida I love going to the beach and enjoying the sun!’

(Also, in her free time Bebe enjoys volunteering at Mane Stream, which is a farm that specializes in therapeutic riding for children and adults. She is also an active member of JustWorld International, an organization that works with the how can i order prednisone or another pill like it, deltasone 20 for sale, why is there no prednisone in the drugstore, deltasone mail order, how to get deltasone ,  international equestrian community to raise awareness and fund programs that help children around the world.)

9. Please list some adjectives that your friends use to describe you.

Bebe: “Funny, talented, goal oriented, relaxed and easy going.”

10. What advice can you give a talented 12 year-old who aspires to compete on the international level?

Bebe: “My advice would be to start in the FEI Pony. I learned SO much from my ponies and they taught me a lot as a rider and also as a person. Ponies teach hard work, the value of zyban for sale in the uk purchase zyban perseverance and the importance of a sense of humor. You have to really love riding and competing because sometimes things do not go the way you expect. There are also times when it goes better than you ever dreamed. It’s a wonderful journey but it takes commitment and the acceptance of the ups and downs.”

There is a well-known, old cheapest prices pharmacy. buy zoloft 100mg . free delivery, best generic zoloft. saying that the young hold our future. The future of U.S. Dressage is in good hands with Bebe Davis.

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Bebe’s parents, Michael and Sarah Davis are proud parents who value good character more than winning in competition. Bebe is a long time student of Dr. Cesar Parra and Katie Riley of Piaffe Performance Farm.

Bebe Davis and Rotano (from the Global Dressage Festival, 02/07/2015, Photo Credit: Joanna Jodko for WDN)

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