Plaidcast 362: Tonya Johnston’s Inside Your Ride with Avery Glynn by Taylor, Harris Insurance Services

Plaidcast Episode 362 Tonya Johnston's Inside Your Ride Avery Glynn


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Tonya Johnston, Mental Skills Coach speaks with top junior rider who recently became an amateur, Avery Glynn. Tonya also gives her top tips for making a new riding playlist to help you get ready for your rides in 2024. Brought to you by Taylor, Harris Insurance Services. Listen in!


  • Host: Tonya Johnston, Visit her Website, Facebook and buy her book Inside Your Ride
  • Guest: Avery Glynn is a lifelong equestrian, who grew up in northern California. Avery is the daughter of two professional equestrians, Hope Glynn and Ned Glynn. She is a two-time R.W. Mutch Equitation Trophy winner at Devon, winner of the 2023 Ronnie Mutch Equitation Championship at the Thermal Desert Circuit, 2023 West Coast Gladstone Cup champion, 2022 Hermes Equitation Championship winner at the Hampton Classic and has ribboned at all of the major indoor medal finals. Avery now rides for Auburn University as a freshman and competes in the amateur divisions.
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Tonya Johnston 
[00:00:34] This episode 362 of the plaidcast. I’m Tonya Johnston, mental skills coach, and this is inside your Ride. Today’s podcast is brought to you by the Taylor Harris Insurance Services and the Plaid Horse magazine. On today’s show, I speak with top young equestrian Avery Glynn, who just finished an extremely successful junior career and now competes for Auburn University. I’m also going to give you my top tips for making a new riding playlist to help you get ready for your rides in 2024.

Tonya Johnston [00:03:03] Thank you so much for joining me today. Happy New Year. I hope this finds you off to a great start to 2024. I mean, can’t believe it. Amazing time is really moving so, so fast. I don’t know if that’s been your experience, but it’s flying. Over here on my end. On a personal note, as we start the new year, I’m thrilled to report that after some time off and a little bit of rehab time, Cosmo is close to being back in full work, and we may even get to go to thermal at some point this winter, so I’m super excited about that. So that’s been my fall has kind of been organizing, with our team has kind of come back. He just wanted some time. So he took a little time this summer, which was fine. And I would say that the silver lining to time away is that it does help us step squarely into gratitude. Right? So being fully in the moment and appreciating all of the little things, I mean, honestly, getting to canter for a few minutes, a couple of weeks ago was like, every canter step was like, you know, I was smiling like from ear to ear. So anyway, we just we always appreciate things when more. Right when we’ve had time away. So I think it’s, it’s something to, to really embrace. Whether your time away was something you chose or something you didn’t choose, the effect can be positive and can be similar, right. So how about you? As far as the new year goes, what are you most excited for this year? What fun new adventures do you have planned with your horse, and are you ready to go after some new goals? I’m so curious. So I’m. I love hearing from you all. If you want to drop me a line, let me know sort of how you’re using your mental skills and what you’re going after. I’m always super excited to hear about that and, really value and appreciate people that check in with me. Because this is hard. You know, I do a podcast that I’m just talking out into the air and I can’t see any of you. So anyone that wants to wants to message me or share, I’m always glad to to hear any notes. So there’s a quote I love by basketball player Chris Paul who said, fall in love with the work and everything else will fall into place. I think that’s an excellent attitude to carry into this year. You know, continuing to love the process, the hard work, the polishing of both you and your horses skills is a place of strength and a positive perspective that will help you on the road to your goals. Right? So fall in love with the work and everything else will fall into place. On the mental skills coaching front. I’ve been so excited by the response to my two Mindset Boost group sessions that are kicking off January 9th and 10th, so there are still openings in the introductory level original session. And this is where I know I’ve had some questions and some people have written me, some messages about that group and it’s totally appropriate for anyone to join, so all are welcome. Please write me with any questions. I’m absolutely happy to to chat about it. And you don’t need any formal training or experience in mental skills work. And you can find all the registration details on my website at Tonya And so I’m scheduling. I’m also scheduling zoom and in-person workshops for private barns and teams. This is a busy time of year for that, but I do have dates available. All around the country people are joining and that’s the that is the value of zoom. I know I didn’t even know what zoom was necessarily, till a few years ago, but it does allow me to check in and, and have groups with people and in sort of far flung places. So it’s super fun. So please be in touch. If you have a group that would be interested in polishing their mental skills for this year. Now let’s go to my conversation with a very talented junior rider who recently became an amateur and team member at Auburn University. Avery Glynn right after these messages. 

Tonya Johnston [00:09:44] Avery Glynn is a lifelong equestrian who grew up in Northern California. She is the daughter of two professional equestrians, Hope Glynn and Ned Glynn. She is a two-time RW Mutch Equitation Trophy winner, a Devon winner of the 2023 Ronnie Mutch Equitation Championship at the Thermal Desert Circuit, 2023 West Coast Gladstone Cup champion. 2022 Hermes Equitation Championship winner at the Hampton Classic and has ribboned at all of the major indoor medal finals. Avery now rides for Auburn University as a freshman and competes in the amateur divisions. Hi Avery, thank you so much for joining me today. 

Avery Glynn [00:10:24] Hi, Thank you for having me. 

Tonya Johnston [00:10:26] This is so great. I remember when you were teeny tiny in first getting started. It has been so amazing to watch your career and your development as a rider and all your success. So this is really, really fun to have you on the show today. Yeah. Thank you. Yeah, I was just remembering like when I was starting to gather ideas and thoughts for the show of like You on Wally and like being home and just being able to ride and watching you kind of just be able to get on so many different horses and ponies and, you know, just develop and experiment. Really. Do you know what I mean? 

Avery Glynn [00:11:06] Yeah, for sure. 

Tonya Johnston [00:11:07] Don’t you think that being able to live at the barn was was such a huge like benefit overall? 

Avery Glynn [00:11:14] For sure. I think living at the barn and having, two parents in the equestrian industry was a huge advantage for me in getting to know all different types of horses growing up. 

Tonya Johnston [00:11:24] Right? Yeah, that was that was fantastic. And so many great opportunities that you created for yourself and your parents helped you. Yeah. You know, a lot of I think a lot of time in the saddle obviously is helpful, but also just their sort of guidance and counsel, I’m sure, you know, like this anything. You know, I think we were we taught when we chatted briefly yesterday. We were you were talking about something like that you had learned around around around handling pressure. 

Avery Glynn [00:11:56] Yeah. Well, I think for sure, growing up, my mom’s been a really big influence for me, both inside and outside of the ring. But, my mom’s had so much, experience, like showing in big, important classes, so she’s really helped me growing up, on the mental side of things to be get more experience with that overall. 

Tonya Johnston [00:12:20] And what was her what what’s kind of the attitude she helped you with for, for the, for pressure in particular. 

Avery Glynn [00:12:26] What she’s always said and what I’ve always believed is she’s like at the big important classes at the big important shows, you’re going to be really nervous, which is a good thing. You just have to use it to your advantage instead of let it get you down. Other people are going to let it get them down. You need to be the one that learns how to use it to your advantage for sure, right? 

Tonya Johnston [00:12:44] Right. Well, and that’s like having a true mental advantage. If you can look at the situation in a you’re right that like you’re if you’re if your attitude is, hey, this is going to make me better, then you probably have a leg up, right and handling it. 

[00:13:00] yes. 100% every single time. 

Tonya Johnston [00:13:02] Was that something that do you remember like when you were when you were little a struggle with that. Like do you remember situations where you were like okay I’m trying to do that but I don’t know. 

Avery Glynn [00:13:13] A little bit. For me, it was that I kind of started believing at a good at a young age that I was going to be good under pressure and I was going to be good when I was nervous. And I feel like the more you believe it, you kind of fake yourself into believing you can do a little bit. Right. Just telling myself over time that I was going to be good under pressure. I was going to be good every single time I was nervous. It kind of taught myself that when I feel the nerves, when I get a little bit anxious before I go in the ring, like it’s going to go well. And now, like, I know when I get nervous that like, it’s time to do my best, I know, right? 

Tonya Johnston [00:13:47] Right. So do you still feel like when would you say nerve, like in this last year? When would you say you felt nervous or like that? You use that strategy? Like, did you really feel that in certain places and times that you would call like recently? 

Avery Glynn [00:14:01] Yeah, I would say, the big medal finals this past year for sure. I think the nerves come out at big important classes such as Devon indoors, or I am just getting in to doing the bigger jumpers now. So it definitely comes out in the bigger jumpers as well. But for me, I try and tell myself it’s always like nerves of wanting to do well. It’s not nerves of being scared to be in the ring. I always, if for some reason I feel extra nervous, I can always remind myself that my trainers and me, we’re both not going to let me go in the ring unless I’m fully prepared. So. 

Tonya Johnston [00:14:40] Right. 

Avery Glynn [00:14:41] I try and really believe in myself and my horse, and it always ends up working out okay. 

Tonya Johnston [00:14:45] Right? Right. And that must have really been, super highlighted this past fall with your medal finals experience. I know there was some horse changes and some things that were maybe some, some added challenges in a way. Right. And and that I would imagine came to the forefront. Can you talk about like your fall? 

Avery Glynn [00:15:07] Yeah. For sure. So, my fall didn’t exactly look how I planned, but I showed up to, both the uset finals and the medal finals horse-less at the beginning of the week. So at uset finals. I showed up, and the horse I was planning to show, it just didn’t end up working out in the end. But, I had a couple other horses that my trainer was able to find me last minute, and one of them ended up working out for the final, but I had never shown him before, so. 

Tonya Johnston [00:15:40] Wow. Yeah. 

Avery Glynn [00:15:42] That horse really gave me a lot of confidence, honestly, to start off the indoor season, he was a Super scopey horse, which was really nice for that final. And then the next week I went to the medal finals once again without a horse. And my trainer had the idea to try a horse, that it was only his third show in the United States. He’d never done any sort of Hunter type medal final, but she really told me like to believe in this horse, even though he doesn’t have the experience. He’s every part as nice as any other horse I’ve shown that year. And honestly, I felt like just me believing in him gave both him and I the confidence to go out there like he was the most experienced horse in there. And even if he wasn’t, he definitely faked it really well, right? 

Tonya Johnston [00:16:29] That’s right. That’s amazing. So you really that I mean, that takes real mental strength, right? Because I’m sure there was a part of you that maybe there were moments where you had some, you know, disappointment of, like, I know the horse you were planning to do, you couldn’t do, like, do you know what I mean? Like to get beyond any of that reaction and get right into, okay, this is how I’m going to make the best of this is really a skill for sure.

Tonya Johnston [00:16:56] what helped You with that?

Avery Glynn [00:16:57] Honestly, it was hard not to get a little bit disappointed to not have a horse that I knew really well there. But both my trainer and my parents, they like, really reminded me. Like, I would still put my money on you like no matter what horse is out there. And I feel like just having their back really helped me through it. 

Tonya Johnston [00:17:17] Right. 

Avery Glynn [00:17:17] Gave me a lot of extra confidence for me to still go out there and really try my best and give it a shot. 

Tonya Johnston [00:17:24] For sure. Yeah. And as you look back are you like what are you most proud of in yourself would you say?

Avery Glynn [00:17:34] I would say honestly, watching the videos through indoors with that horse, like I felt like at the end it really looked like we were like, we’re working as a team and you could really see like how far both he and we came together honestly, right. I think I had a lot of people tell me how lovely the horse looked at the end, and that really, honestly meant the most to me probably. 

Tonya Johnston [00:18:01] Because that, you know, what that highlights then is like and I think this is something that gets lost for all of us sometimes is we’re all on our own journey. Right. So you, you and whatever horse it is and this could be you know, an amateur listening to this who, you know has had the same horse and, and in that adult hunters for a long time, you know, they’re on their own journey like they have their own things they’re trying to do and, and work on and progress that maybe only they can recognize. Maybe people around them recognize. But that’s something to feel so satisfied and happy with. Not just the outcome part. 

Avery Glynn [00:18:40] Yeah, for sure. And honestly, like, it is definitely hard to be there and to watch everyone else with horses that they know really well. And maybe they have 2 or 3 back ups there as well. But, you know, what helps me is I really just try to focus honestly, as much as I can on myself and my own horse and what’s going on with me, because there’s really nothing you can do with everyone else. The more you focus on yourself and how well you can do, the better you do. 

Tonya Johnston [00:19:09] Right, exactly. So how does that do you make a point of that at any at any time, like in a week of that kind of a show or I know that you’re very active, like social media wise, like do you try to just kind of dial it down and like, how do you do you know what I mean? As far as what you’re watching, what you’re looking at, what you’re paying attention to, does that kind of shift as you try to really like that? 

Avery Glynn [00:19:34] For me, I find that it’s more of just an overall mindset than it is. Any specific practices is kind of something I tell myself every time I go in the ring is like, I don’t get to be disappointed if I feel like a judge is doing something incorrect, or if I feel like they’re not judging me incorrectly. If I’m still making mistakes with myself because I want to hold myself to a certain standard, and if I do well and I feel like my horse did well, that’s a win for me. Whether or not that’s reflected in the results a lot of the time. So I’m someone that would much rather feel content with how I rode, how my horse is doing, than have the results always be another win. Like right for me. Like really a lot of the time bringing up a horse or the journey of that, the less I focus on results, the happier I am overall and honestly, the better I ride, I feel like. 

Tonya Johnston [00:20:27] Was that something you learned, do you think growing up was that like a process? Do you remember times when outcome got in your way or is that something that you’ve really carried with you. 

Avery Glynn [00:20:38] Yeah. I mean, I feel like personally, I’ve had the opportunity to bring a lot of greener horses up. And I think that the more I did that, the more that showed to me, because kind of seeing a horse at the beginning and the end of a long period of time, it really like seeing that journey that they go on more than even myself is such a rewarding thing. And I think that bringing up importing horses and bringing up some green horses with my parents really reflected that for me. 

Tonya Johnston [00:21:11] Right. That helped. It just helped sort of maybe highlight it for sure. Yeah. You saw it, like right in front of you. Yeah. Yeah, absolutely. So you’ve always been such a busy catch rider. And I’m wondering, you know, just about yourself as an athlete. Can you talk about how you learned to, like, manage yourself for all those long days and like, is there any sort of tips and suggestions and things you learned just to manage your energy and focus that maybe you could share? 

Avery Glynn [00:21:43] So I have a couple different answers to this question. I would say for one to manage my energy at a very busy show, when I’m riding for a lot of different people, what I do every single night before I go to the show is when I have times for the day after I write up a schedule on my phone that looks super complicated because maybe I’m showing in 35 rounds that day of the show at Thermal, but I’ll have what time I’m supposed to be at the ring and what ring I’m going to and what horse for the whole day. And honestly, just having that small like schedule really helps me. And if I’m going to have a conflict, I’ll make sure to tell my trainers ahead of time. So it’s not a surprise, kind of when it gets there. And I’ve definitely had moments at the shows where I feel extremely overwhelmed, or I feel like I’m just running around like crazy, but I think it’s also important to just take at least a moment at some point in your day, make sure you get some food, make sure you get some protein, because I’m definitely someone that is running a little bit too thin on that at the shows and that I’m not competing to my best extent. I feel like just remembering, like those small tips really helped me a lot. And honestly, all the different trainers, even when I’m running for a bunch of different people, they’re all there to help me. So honestly, just remembering that really helps for sure. 

Tonya Johnston [00:23:08] Yeah, yeah. So this is like eating like, you find time, like, do you have food in your backpack? Like, as far as, like. 

Avery Glynn [00:23:16] Yeah, I’ll have, like, a couple protein bars in my backpack. I always make sure to eat something. Like when I’m leaving my house in the morning. Even if it’s at 5 a.m.. 

Tonya Johnston [00:23:29] Right? 

Avery Glynn [00:23:29] I’ll probably, like, make myself eat a protein bar or make myself have, like, some yogurt or just some things that there’s something in my stomach. Right. Because maybe I’m not going to have the chance to eat for another few hours. And then if it’s getting late in the afternoon, I’ll send if there’s anyone there to, like, go get me. Maybe just like some easy a salad or something to eat for lunch. It’ll take two minutes, but if I can just send someone to grab me some food like that is makes the biggest difference for me during the day. But I definitely think, like, trying to put some small things in my bag. That definitely helps. 

Tonya Johnston [00:24:07] Right, right. Absolutely. And it’s so important. I think people forget to treat themselves like true athletes who are doing hard work, who are whether you’re showing as many as you are or even even just someone with one horse, but who’s on their feet all day long, you know what I mean? And like walking the show grounds and watching friends and like, that’s burning through so much energy. And sure, we have to remember, you know, that we would never, you know, for example, send our horse in the ring without it having its proper and normal and regular meals and treat, you know, all of the care that we give our horses, we got to remember like we’re athletes too, and we’re a team. And it’s important to us, to hold up sort of our side of the bargain, you know, because you’re not doing your horse any favors if you’re going in the ring kind of like zoned out or kind of loopy, like low blood sugar, you know what I mean? Like they’re like, yeah, they can tell, you know, when you’re not focused for sure. 

Avery Glynn [00:25:03] Oh, yeah, I can feel it for sure. It’s definitely a lot harder to focus. Yeah. It’s just overall a lot harder to ride your best if you’re not treating your body right. Yeah. For sure. 

Tonya Johnston [00:25:15] Yeah, yeah. Know for sure what? You know, one thing that I think is super, inspiring. One sort of, you know, class that maybe we could talk about a little bit is the Ronnie Mutch class at thermal and your experiences in that. And I know that you’ve done that multiple times and had a variety of experience. And it just, I think is such a great illustration of kind of your resilience as a rider and like, you know, taking experiences and learning from them and growing with them. Can you kind of talk about that progression? 

Avery Glynn [00:25:47] Yeah, a little bit. For me, that class was definitely. Not one that I was riding my best in, in the past, the first few years I did it. I just had honestly just really major errors. Like, I’m pretty sure I went through one of the jumps the first year. I trotted before the first jump. Another year, like I it was just a little bit that class that I just kept screwing up every year. And then there was Covid and a couple different of like, then I didn’t. There was two years that I didn’t show in the class, and then after that it was already like my final junior year. So I was like, okay, I only have one more shot at this, and it was a class like at the beginning of circuit. I kind of like set my mind to like, I really want to do well in this class. I want to have at least one year I can want like that. I can say I did well in this class. And it was a little bit like when I went in that class, I reminded myself again, like how I think of like. I’m going to go out there and do my absolute best and do my best to put in a solid round, and I kind of that’s a class that we don’t have trainers. And you do your own warm up and everything. So I watch the other riders, but I didn’t exactly base my ride based off how they were doing. I went in and executed my plan and did it to the best of my ability, and it ended up all working out and which was really exciting and relieving that I, I did that class correctly for a while. Yeah. But yeah. 

Tonya Johnston [00:27:26] Did you have any ghosts of, you know, sometimes people really let things like that get in their head and, and almost like becomes this mountain to climb of, like, oh, this is the class I don’t do well in. Like, did you have any of that self-talk that you had to sort of squash? 

Avery Glynn [00:27:42] For me, I really try and not even let that get in my mind as much as possible. So for that, because I don’t actually I don’t feel like I did, which is probably an improvement for me, because I think that something like that would have happened a few years ago. But I’ve definitely made an effort, especially in the last probably 2 to 3 years, kind of just not to let anything like that stand in my way, because all it’s going to do is take back from my riding. So. Right. I really just focused on trying to put in, solid rounds and kind of not worry that too much about the fact that I hadn’t done well in the past. 

Tonya Johnston [00:28:20] Right. Yeah. Excellent. So you just like I think and I think that that is a such a good example of something that’s out of our control is the past. So if we think about it, we’re basically spending energy on something and we can never change anyways. So it’s not exactly productive right. 

Avery Glynn [00:28:34] Yeah. It’s funny something that. I actually feel like this would be something that maybe some sort of mental coach would recommend me doing. I’ve heard this is a good practice, but it’s just something I’ve done forever, is if I have a really bad round or something that’s super disappointing happens in the ring, I’ll come out. My mom always taught me like, it’s really important to have a good attitude as soon as you come out of the ring, there’s trainers and your peers are everywhere. You really want to make a good impact that, I mean, I’m mature and I’m mentally strong enough to be fine coming out of the ring, but it’s always been that I have. I give myself five minutes and it’s usually that I call my mom and I’m super disappointed over the phone. I get super disappointed. And then after that phone call, it’s over. I’m not disappointed about it anymore. Like that’s in the past now and that’s done. I don’t give myself more than like 20 minutes to be disappointed about it, because it’s not going to do anything else for me right at that point. Like, I take what I can out of the round to get better, but I don’t dwell on mistakes because I do think that that’s probably that would definitely bring me down. 

Tonya Johnston [00:29:47] Right? No, absolutely. That’s great. It’s so important I think, that you to your point, yes. That is something that that I will talk about of just like setting a time limit and having a routine for it, whether it’s, you know, you get to go walk two laps, the warm up ring, or when you get back to that, when your boots hit the ground, it’s over. Or like you said, like a certain amount of time. It’s so beneficial because at that point all it is, is can I if anything happened in that mistake or in that round that I can learn from, that’s what I’m going to think about and take forward. And the rest of it needs to be left. 

Avery Glynn [00:30:19] Yeah, right. I do think having a time limit on being disappointed is something that’s helped me a lot in the long run, right? Like just something like that. It really keeps you from letting the mistakes drag you down. 

Tonya Johnston [00:30:33] Right? Right. Absolutely. Which I think if you tell me. But in, for example, with your days where you have a whole ton of rounds or you’re catch riding a bunch of different horses, you know, it’s really important not to carry one experience on to the next horse. Right? Like, isn’t that part of the strategy? 

Avery Glynn [00:30:54] One hundred percent, I mean, my mom’s even always told me growing up, like the horses can feel if you’re anxious, like the horses can feel it. So if I need to get on a horse and tell them I’m confident and then they’re going to be confident too. Yeah. So if I have a mistake on one horse, I really, really try and not bring it on to the next one because all it’s going to, it’s a little bit of a domino effect. It’s just going to keep bringing down my day if I let it. So if I have a mistake, I immediately put it behind me and just move on to the next thing. 

Tonya Johnston [00:31:25] Yeah. Awesome. Yeah, that’s really important. Absolutely. So I know that you’ve just transitioned to riding for Auburn. Congratulations. That’s so exciting. And, can you talk about like that shift and what it’s been like to sort of shape and adapt to that new environment and that new team atmosphere and the way the college games are run. 

Avery Glynn [00:31:52] Yeah. So college riding is a lot of the same and a lot of the different kind of. Yeah. But for sure the biggest difference for me would be that it is both English and Western, all competing on one team together. So there’s between like ten and 15 riders usually that compete in the events. But like, when I go in the ring, I’m not only riding for me, but I’m riding for all 40 girls on the team and all our coaches and everyone at the school. So it’s a little bit of a different kind of pressure. 

Tonya Johnston [00:32:28] Yes. 

Avery Glynn [00:32:30] than riding individually, because you’re not just riding for yourself, you’re riding for everyone else also. So I do think for me, honestly, it’s a little bit more nerve wracking because I can’t just immediately get over it because it’s not that I just made a mistake from myself, it’s that I made a mistake for a lot of other people. So for that, it’s a little bit just remembering the same. Like you can only control what you you can only control so much. You can’t always do everything. And that’s actually something our head coach always tells us is there’s only a certain amount of things you can control. So just make sure you do those things correctly and everything else is going to fall in place. 

Tonya Johnston [00:33:12] Right? 

Avery Glynn [00:33:12] So honestly, my team has been super supportive of me, which has been really helpful through this transition, and I’ve really been enjoying it so far. 

Tonya Johnston [00:33:23] Oh good. That’s awesome. It’s it’s so great to see, you know, because every transition maybe the requirements become different. Or like if you start riding at a super high level in the jump ring or, you know, being on the team, or if you turn professional down there, like there’d be different challenges, but the mental strengths that you’ve learned go with you. And it’s sort of like, how do I adapt, you know, my mental strength to fit this new environment and these new demands. It’s not that you have. It’s not like reinventing the wheel. It’s more just learning to be flexible and adaptive, I would say. 

Avery Glynn [00:34:00] Yeah for sure, 100%? I agree with that. 

Tonya Johnston [00:34:02] Yeah. And so as you look forward, kind of what what are the next big challenges that really excite you or that feel fun to you at this point? Obviously the the team for sure, but like even further down the road, what what sort of in your in your sights?

Avery Glynn [00:34:21] Yeah. It’s funny. So I just finished my first semester of college, but a little bit the first semester I did feel like I was running around back and forth from school, indoors everywhere. So yes, in the near future, I am looking forward to spending a little bit more time actually at college and kind of really taking more time to get the full experience and doing team. And then, I’m not 100% sure after college if I’m going to turn professional or if I’m going to work in a different field. But if I do decide to turn professional in the future, just kind of doing that as seamlessly and as professionally as I can. But I definitely think that each stage of life has different questions. And definitely being mentally tough helps you in all aspects. 

Tonya Johnston [00:35:14] Yeah, no. Absolutely no. You’re a great example of that. And it’s like I said, it’s so fun to watch you. And I’m I’m so excited for you and and happy for all of your success. And I’ll, I’ll keep rooting for you. And thank you so much for being on the show today. 

Avery Glynn [00:35:32] Yes. Thank you so much for having me. 

Tonya Johnston [00:38:05] Tip of the month How to Make a Horse Show playlist for the New Year. So, this tip of the month, I wanted to discuss how to make an optimal and super useful and valuable horse show playlist for 2024 sort of best practices, if you will, for how to organize your music and use a playlist. And I would imagine that most of you listening have made a playlist to help you get ready to ride, right? It’s such a great way to focus, organize your energy, and get ready for your time at the barn or the show. So making a playlist for the barn might be a familiar idea, but did you know that there has been increased research in the past two decades that supports the benefits of music as it pertains to sport performance? So studies have shown that music can provide benefits such as lifting your mood, creating positive feelings, increasing your strength and endurance, having more fun with your process, and minimizing your experience of effort. So all kinds of amazing things that music can help us with, right? So I wanted, I thought it would be a good time because this is something that I personally do as well. So that was sort of front of mind for me. So I was because I was thinking, okay, what should the tip of the month be? So I really thought, okay, this could be something that I could talk about, sort of best practices and sort of encourage all of you to kind of go at this, maybe with some fresh perspectives. So here are some of my suggestions. Ideas you’ll pick and choose. Obviously there are exceptions to everything I’m going to say. So just know that you’re going to do your own creative things obviously. But let’s go through some of my best tips for making and using your playlist. So as I mentioned, it’s ideal to start with fresh music every year, right? So each season you’re creating new experiences, learning new things, and going after ever evolving goals. Right? So you want to pick music that is new. And has never been on one of your playlists before. This is ideal, right? So it’s best that the music doesn’t make you think behind you. I want it to be, you know, it’s it’s more important that it puts you in the present moment rather than taking you back to old memories, relationships or events from your past. You want it to be fresh, right? You want it to be something that can support you. Having new things and new ways to accomplish where you want to go this year. So you want to think of it as creating, a movie soundtrack. Right. So the playlist becomes your soundtrack for the year. You want it to trigger a positive mood and energy. Good vibes, mental clarity. It’s the background for this year’s story where you and your horse are the main characters. Right. So as you start building your playlist, it’s okay if it only has a few songs for a while. Like, let me just say you won’t sit down and hammer this out in an hour, right? It’s going to be a process. It’s going to develop slowly and it takes time. And I, I it’s really important that you let it unfold and not force it. It’s got it. This is where we’re starting to tap into a bit of your intuition. Right. It’s got it intuitively feel right. I suggest that you name the playlist something aspirational and put the year on it. Perhaps, you know, that’s something you can play with, be creative with. I think that it’s really good to let yourself let your mind kind of be free about it. Oh, in 2020, I’m going to give you a personal example. 2020, my playlist was called Yes We Can and 2021 it was challenge accepted. That was the year my big goal was going to Capital Challenge. So like that’s a good example. Like you can tie it, you know, make it thematic, make it relevant. It’s it’s fun. This should be something that is again, the one of the biggest reasons to do this is for inspiration. So really play with that. And I think that it’s really good to add songs throughout the year. You collect songs collecting new songs in a variety of places, maybe from movies you like, movies like music you hear in different parts of your life, perhaps at the gym or on social media or with your friends. You know you can use them to grab new songs for you, you know? For example, you might be out and hear a song and you know what I mean? Like, I’ll tell again. I’m apparently sharing a lot of personal examples today, but I love a good one for this, which is we were, on vacation and in I think it was, I think we were in Maui, which is one of our favorite places for sure. And we because, you know, I’m not that young anymore. So we were out somewhat early, to, to a place and there is music playing. And so we’re in this really cool bar, and there weren’t many people there, at all. And, and the, the music that they were playing was super fun. And so I asked the bartender because the bartender was the one doing the music. I said, hey, if you were making yourself if you’re a professional athlete and you were making yourself a like, get psyched, like pump up playlist, like, what kind of songs would you put on? And so he started like shuffling through and was like started to play all these great songs. It was such a great way to hear someone’s take on, you know what? What is inspirational? What is like going to get your energy up. And so I got some great ideas from that. But I just think it’s it’s fun to have specific links to the songs that you choose that align with what you’re doing with it. You know what I’m saying? Like, so you have a memory and that’s where like a song from a movie can play in if there if that would be a good example of something where you’re inspired, you’re motivated, you’re like, it’s something positive that you’re watching, that you’re, excited by that. Something to include. So I’m, I’m sure I’m, I’m a little bit preaching to the choir here. I would imagine that a lot of you have done things like this, but let me talk about also a little bit around like sort of there are some rules, right, for when and where you listen to this music in order to maintain its power and energy. Right. So therefore, the only times you’re allowed to listen to these songs, okay, is at a show like sometime in the day before you ride, doesn’t matter where, when, but just as part of your preparation, right? While you’re working out, walking, running, you’re on the elliptical. Whatever it is, when you’re putting in that sweat, when you’re putting in that hard work, you’re charging that music with. This is me getting ready, being strong. You know your experiences of yourself as being strong and resilient. When you’re listening to your music during that, you’re sort of infusing the music with that intention, which is really powerful. And you can also listen to it when you’re driving to the barn for a lesson or to school your horse. Right. So but keeping those boundaries around that, those are the times you use this music will harness it and keep the purpose like connected to the music. Right. So it’s about intention. So this is not sort of mindless daydream music for when you’re folding laundry or standing in line at the grocery store. Right. So, you know, driving to the horse show from the hotel at zero dark 30 in the morning, great fabulous time. You know, you’re walking back to the barn to get dressed for your class at the horse show. Awesome. You know, driving to the barn after work, needing to sort of re sort of restart your day. Almost like putting your work thoughts to the side, like using your music as a way to change gears and get excited for your lesson. Like, that’s a great idea. So you you get the drift. I’m sure that this these are things that maybe have occurred to you, but I just want to put them all together here for you today. And I also a couple more things I want to note. So please, this list is not precious. Make sure it serves your purpose. So if a song loses its mojo for whatever reason, we’re deleting it. We’re not superstitious about this. We are practical. We are decisive. We are like, okay, it’s not working anymore. Or I had a bad experience with this. Boom, it’s gone right? And also don’t share this music or play it for anyone else, right? I really want you to treat it with kid gloves and protect the excitement and positivity and vision it creates, right? It’s personal. It’s powerful. I keep it for you. And okay, this one might be totally obvious, but I also want to mention that as your mental skills coach advisor here, I do not advise you listen to this playlist while you’re writing, right? I don’t believe in people listening to music when they ride or having headphones of any kind. It can be way too distracting and downright unsafe. So your playlist, as far as what I am advising you, is for when you’re unmounted only. So lots of information there. I hope you can pick and choose your way through. Maybe you got some new ideas for this. And all right, I hope this gave you some new motivation to refresh your music and get psyched for 2024. And I’d love to hear your favorite songs. Please shoot me a message or send me your ideas. I learned so much from all of you. So good luck and enjoy. And maybe I will also share bits and pieces of some of my playlist of past few years songs that are sort of have been the past and go tos. Obviously, due to what I just said, I won’t be sharing any songs from my current list, but I do think sharing music is such a positive and fun way to sort of share motivation and share inspiration between us all. So good luck and enjoy and I will talk to you soon. Thanks for listening. 

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