A DAY IN THE LIFE; By Chrissa Hoffmann- Family First
As part of an ongoing series, 2KGrey asks ambassadors to record a day in their lives. They will share their ups & downs, challenges & achievements and daily duties in their lives as equestrians. This week Chrissa Hoffmann, Mom, Wife & Head Trainer at CFH Dressage.
The most important thing to me is my family. Their love and support drive me each day to be the best I can be as a mother, wife and trainer. I am currently focusing on my top two up and coming horses, Scrabble, a 12 year old Hanoverian gelding and Faustaus, a 12 year old gelding.
6:30 am: My typical day starts, I throw on my 2KGrey Ava breeches and a tee and get my husband and 11-year-old son breakfast.
7:45 am: Drop off my son, Fields at school
9:00 am: Arrive at the barn. Thanks to my wonderful assistant Mel Hitchcock, my first horse is ready to go.
9:15am: I’m on Scrabble, my top Grand Prix horse. I like to ride him first as it’s a bit cooler first thing in the morning. If I had my druthers, I’d be on him at 7am, but family comes first. I typically ride him anywhere from 25min- 45mim depending on what day it is. On Monday’s my routine for all of them is to come out and get the muscles warm and lose. Whether it’s riding a 4yr old or a Grand Prix horse, my routine is all very similar. The horse must first go forward to the hand. Then he must be lose in his body and yield from leg aids. Half halts must ridden in all gaits to adjust the balance and recycle the energy. Once the horse is completely listening and on the aids and all of this feels easy and in harmony, I put him up. Monday’s are my Check Point for this guideline.
10:00 am- 1:00 pm: Once I get off Scrabble, Mel has my other horse ready and so forth and so on. She works like clock work to get everyone groomed, tacked, cooled and bathed. I could not do this without her. During season, I typically have around 8-9 horses a day so my day runs longer than this. Each horse is ridden depending on what he or she needs for the Monday Check point to be established.
3:00 pm: I finally leave the barn. Run home, change my clothes then head to the gym, before I have to pick my son up from school.
3:30 pm: At the gym. I walk at a very high speed (most people’s running pace) 4-5 miles. Usually takes an hour.
4:30 pm: Pick up my son at school and head home to help him with homework, I get to take a shower, then start on cooking dinner.
8:30 pm: My sons bedtime.
9:00 pm: My bedtime. A lot of my friends poke fun at me because I go to bed so early, but as you can see after reading this, my day is non stop and very physically demanding.
I’m a big believer of going to the gym. Being as physically fit in muscle and cardiovascular fitness is a must for riders in top sport. It’s not just the horses that need to be fit, we as riders must be as fit as they are, as we are athletes as well.