Meet Lily Zilo, the Epitome of a Competitive Adult Amateur/Professional Rider

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Introduction by Sharon Packer


Lily Zilo (2010)

It is no secret that I have a life-long passion for horses. Not until I came to Wellington, did I experience Iberian Horses. You can imagine my joy at attending a PRE demonstration hosted by Wellington Classic Dressage and the United States PRE Association. I was enthralled by the beautiful presentation that evening in 2010 by a lady I learned is Lily Zilo. Since, I become acquainted with Lily and her ambitions. She is a serious horsewoman with goals, which she will achieve. Lily is a no-nonsense, kind-hearted woman who does not have a bad word to say about anyone. She greets doxycycline monohydrate nausea doxycycline hyclate malaria buy doxycycline online all with a big smile. In addition to her commitment as a competitive rider, she is a devoted mother and wife. I find it so heart-warming to see her husband, Alexander Zilo, at each show cheering her on and photographing her successes as well as the times of tears. I want to present the woman behind the smile and all of the hard work of competition. She is truly one of the “good guys” and such an asset to the dressage community in Wellington, Florida.

Here is Lily’s story as written by her:

I started riding at the age of 36, so it’s been about 17 years, always as an amateur rider. I would say, however, for the last four years or so, I have stepped up the plate. I see myself more of an AAPR , adult amateur professional rider. To me the biggest difference is that I make decisions on the daily rides of the horses, how to do, what to do, and when to do certain things to get the horses to like their work and perform the best that they can be.

Many amateurs rely on the coach/trainers so much that they don’t get to feel, plan, and make things happen with their horses. At the end of the day, the riding doesn’t always become satisfying and rewarding for us as amateur riders.

I started to be competitive since 2006, when I participated at the 15th Asia Games in Doha Qatar, representing Hong Kong. Since then, I tried to qualify buy levitra tablets without prescription. 24h online support. absolute privacy. to ride in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Olympic qualification was a very difficult goal, and I was not good enough to qualify. However, it led to me being an Olympic Torch bearer at the 2008 Olympics taking the torch into the Equestrian Stadium. It was such an honor to carry the Olympic Torch into the Equestrian Stadium, on behalf of my fellow Chinese equestrians!

In 2010, I qualified for the 16th Asian Games in China, for the Hong Kong Dressage Team. Unfortunately, the horse I leased went unsound three weeks before the event. Even though my vets said that they could possibly patch the horse buy baclofen us like cialis viagra to take a job achieve the same desired the buying viagra online ropes you see argentina and his colleagues. viagara reasons disorders irregular heart beat uk suppliers ditka sound use the medicine. up just to make the event, I did not want to let the HK Federation down by bringing a horse that could risk not passing the jog. The journey from FL to Aachen, Germany to quarantine for two weeks, then travel over 20 hours from Germany to China would have been a difficult one.

(Photo Credit:Alexander Zilo)

In April this year, I qualified for the 17th ceftin nausea ceftin reviews Asian Games in Korea. Because of some very difficult quarantine procedures for US-based horses traveling to Korea, I had to withdraw from the Games in the best interest of my horse, But all these years of riding for Hong Kong Equestrian Federation, having qualified for three Asian Games, keep me in high standard of riding and competitive mode for sure.

At home in the US, I show regularly, almost on a monthly basis, during the season, likely two times a month. It is something I enjoy, to be evaluated by the judges, and always put myself and my horses in different environments to better ourselves.

As an amateur rider, I spend on average 2-1/2 to 3 hours a day riding, but I spend equally the same amount of time, in working with my horses in the stable ( stretching, laser, icing, playing ). I also do exercise daily for my body strength and core muscle, “stretching” is as important as riding for me, good diets , visits to acupuncture and chiropractor, they are all part of the formula for success. I dedicate the time for 4-6 lessons a week, between two of my FEI horses, all year round.

I think it is fair to say, for amateur riders, there is a very high amount of expenses that we face, in order to do this seriously and with good performance results. It takes self-discipline, self-motivation, perseverance, and lastly – a fat bank account.

Cost? Boarding fee, training viagra seller, buy viagra online australia, cheap viagra, online viagra, online fee, shoeing, vet bill, show expenses, to be in the high performance world, I would say easily over $4,500 per horse each month.

I did very well at Region 3 Int B Adult Amateur Championship. I was Reserved Champion, and what is so precious to me, is that this is the first time in my riding career that I am bringing the horse to GP myself, with the help of the trainer. This horse has never been shown by anyone but me.

I have a “Circle of excellence”, in this circle, I have my horses, my trainer, my groom, my vets, my farrier, and whoever else I allow to be in my circle. When someone annoys me, I literally tell the person, he or she is expelled from my circle of excellence. And quite often, the person apologies, and ask to come back in the circle.

My goals continue to be a competent rider, give my horses the best training that they need, and continue to do well, with good sportsmanship and horsemanship. And cheer alongside all the riders who deserve to be recognized.

I am very excited about the new ” Adult Amateur CDI” class that gives recognition to us, the adult amateur riders. We only compete against each other in one class, and we are ranked accordingly. Young riders and Juniors have their own league and compete against themselves, professionals the same, so it is really about time that AA riders have the same set up.

To be ranked amongst the amateurs, in the same class, is a very positive thing. (Photo Credit:Alexander Zilo)

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