Chloe Reid exploded onto the international stage last winter in Florida. The now 20-year-old rider had prior experience competing at the top level, but a training partnership with Markus Beerbaum and his wife, Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum, that began in the summer of 2015, made the difference to take Chloe from participant to competitor.

Learn the ten keys behind Chloe’s transition from team gold (and individual fourth place) in the North American Young Rider Championship in 2014 to finishing 2nd in the FEI World Cup qualifier at Live Oak CSI3*-W in February:

1. This sport is a marathon not a sprint

The biggest change in my program when I moved to the Beerbaum’s was the focus on championships and setting goals. Instead of wanting to win every class, the focus became on winning the largest class of the week or preparing your horse for peak shows. It is about winning the class you want to win.

2. The no. 1 thing to pack for horse shows is… Haribos

Gummies always make a bad round better and you are guaranteed to be the most popular person in the aisle with a big box.

3. Team work (makes the dream work)

No success is possible without an amazing team. The Beerbaum’s team has been together longer then I have been alive and the partnership shows in their results.

4. Have 150 bits but only use 3 of them

When I moved to the Beerbaum’s I had zero equipment. However, now I could open up my own tack shop. While you always need the option of trying new tack, Markus’s three go-to bits are the kimberwick, roll pelham, and driving bit.

5. Speaking of driving…

Always drive [your car] with your visor down and sunglasses on so that the German speed camera cannot recognize you.

6. A short drive is only eight hours

In Wellington, going to Palm Beach for dinner seems far. But when you live in the middle of nowhere Germany, you will drive four hours just for a Mexican fiesta at Ludger’s or six hours both ways to see friends in Belgium.

7. Never give up

[Enough said.]

8. Napping is key

Not sure if it is a Beerbaum thing or German culture, but middle-of-the-day naps are essential. Also learning to sleep anywhere is important. Markus is an amazing coach and I lean on him constantly, but the only time Markus leans on me is when he is falling asleep on my shoulder on the plane.

9. Celebrate the victories and don’t let the hard days hold you back

In our sport, having the best day and the worst can be separated by only a couple of faults. It is important not to let the hard days stick in your brain and distract you from succeeding. I like to give myself 30 minutes after a round to be upset and then I have to let it go. Those 30 minutes are to vent, then I focus on what I could learn to improve and not make the mistake again. Then I move on to focusing on the next round.

10. The secret to avoiding helmet hair

I’m still trying to learn how Meredith’s hair always looks so good. I’m not sure how, but her hair looks perfect every time she takes off her helmet. It’s totally #goals.

As told to NF Style