10 Questions with Eoin McMahon (except there's 17)

November 25, 2019
Have you ever wondered what your favourite riders do to wind down? Our interview series will be catching up with individuals in the sport and asking them 10 questions about their life and what they get up to in their free time!

Last week we were fortunate to catch the hugely talented Eoin McMahon for our "10 Questions" interview series!

When did you start riding?
I started when I was 3

How do you handle pressure associated with the sport?
I have learned some mindfulness techniques that I use when I start to be nervous or feel under pressure and that has really helped me the past year!

Tell us a little bit about your job
I work for Ludger Beerbaum. I always dreamed about working for him and thankfully I built up the courage to ask him if I could. My daily work starts around 6am with the stable work, then we have breakfast from 730 until 8 and then we ride around 8 to 10 horses per day and finish at 6pm.

What do you love most about working for team Beerbaum?
That definitely has to be working with my colleagues. From Ludger, Phillipp, Christian, and Tadahiro, to the grooms - everyone is so knowledgeable and professional

Tell us a bit about your current string of horses
My main horses are Chacon and My Kiwi but I have some exciting prospects such as Gomez and I think I have a special four year old in Chamani

Who do you train with on a daily basis?

I work daily with Ludger, Christian, and Phillip and I am constantly bouncing ideas off them and asking for advice. We also have a dressage trainer that comes once a week, Sebastian Heinze, and actually I would say he has been one of the most important people in my career so far - he has completely changed the way I approach riding a horse

What do you do to look after yourself?
Not a lot! My girlfriend cooks me a healthy dinner once or twice a week and when it’s hot in the summer we go swimming in the canal

Who do you admire most in sport?
In Showjumping definitely Ludger Beerbaum and Marco Kutscher. Outside Showjumping Sonny Bill Williams and Podge Collins 😂

Do you have any life lessons you'd like to share with us?
I guess you never stop learning , never think you know it all, hard work works 😂 and treat people with respect

Okay Eoin may have answered more than 10...

Do you believe attitude plays a part in success?
Absolutely. If you work hard you will win and achieve your goals

Which horse has taught you the most so far in your career?
I would have too be Chacon, he is probably the strangest character of a horse that exists he for sure has taught me too think outside the box

If you could ride any horse in the world, which one would it be?
Cool Feeling, I rode him when he was seven and we were successful. Eventually Ben Asselin bought him and now Ludger rides him with great success - he is a serious horse and we were a great partnership,

Greatest weakness?
Mornings #same

Greatest strength?

Short term goals?
World Cup Finals

Long term goals?
The Olympics

A huge thank you to Eoin for his time!

Anyone interested in featuring in our interview series, please contact andrea@jackdoddfoundation.org

Photos thanks to the Rolex Young Riders Academy and Eoin McMahon

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