Different sports require different physical conditions. Some demand greater demands than others. But few sports are as extreme as mares.
Do you dream of becoming a knight? If your weight is no more than 50-54 kg, and you have a keen interest in horses and a knack for riding Thoroughbreds as well, a jockey could be a profession for you. “
Text is running Swedish Enemy Web Site. In addition to the weight requirements, there is also information that you must be at least 15 but not older than 30 in order to be a so-called “apprentice,” which is an introduction to becoming a knight.
The lowest weight class in the United States is 48 kg. Inez Carlson, 36, is one of the world’s most famous knights of all time. In 2005 she came to Canada and that was when she realized she had the conditions to become a knight. After that, she lived for several years in a world where the ideal was to be as young as possible.
I have to go to the competition track there and check when they train. Then I saw two musketeers. I looked at them and thought they looked like me. We’re the same size, I can do that. I knew I owned it because I’ve been practicing horses since I was 6 years old. But just when I saw them, how physically they looked, I felt this was what I could do.
“It’s very common for people here to eat and vomit.”
Inez Carlson herself has a height of 162 cm. It is several centimeters lower than the average Swedish height for women. It works out for sports, but in reality it is considered a bit tall. And it is difficult to maintain the maximum weight.
The lowest class I used to ride in the United States was 48 km and the highest was 54 km. If you rode different horses in one day you had to dress up the highest horse and then starve to face the 48kg. You would wake up every morning and check the horses you would be riding if you could eat that day. Inez Carlson says it was a huge struggle with weight.
The sport is not completely adapted to human bodies and to compensate for this, many jockeys survive too. Inez Karlsson describes a world with ideals that motivate practitioners to such an extent that they, among other things, develop eating disorders.
– It’s incredibly common for people here to eat and vomit. They have bulimia. Vomit to gain weight. I didn’t, but I wasn’t healthy. You can ride 16 horses a day and then go home and have a soup or salad. The body becomes very worn out. You do this 365 days a year.
– I came from an athletic background so I knew how to eat etc. I thought I was in good health but I was hungry.
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“Mentally, this is a difficult sport.”
Fanny Olson is taller than Inez Carlson. Its height is 169 cm. It’s a long way in the sport, but in the past Fanny often felt like she was too young.
In football, I have always been younger than everyone else. Theirs wasn’t shoulder to shoulder but their shoulder to my head. In athletics, I thought it was fun to jump high, but I couldn’t jump high because I was short. Then I went to the very Alps and the slalom part itself went really well but when it came to speed majors I was simply not good. Fanny Olson says I just couldn’t speed.
But being a knight proved to be a good fit for Fanny’s body.
– I am really tall. But I am light in body. In running, you have to keep in proportion to the weight all the time. Some pointed it out and said I’m too tall, and I’m tall but it’s the weight that matters, and yes, height can affect. But if you’re lightweight, it doesn’t really matter.
Is it difficult to maintain weight?
Of course you have to be extra careful if you want to be lean. But if that’s what you want to do, then take this thing as well. Mentally, this is a challenging sport on all levels. If you can’t handle the mental part, I don’t think it’s important to be light or heavy. If you aren’t mentally strong enough, I don’t think it will work.
Equestrian sports should start thinking again.
Inez Carlson says everyone knows that the ideal is skewed and that practitioners push their bodies to the extreme. But nothing to talk about.
There are many who are vomiting while you see it, but look the other way. It is said that what happens in the knight’s room stays in the knight’s room. But you are looking at them. They look sick. I rode with a man. He was taller than me so he was known to have weight issues. His teeth were eventually eroded. Eat, vomit, eat, and vomit.
Inez Carlson says, unlike many other sports, you don’t usually start out as a jockey before she turns 20. Then you also know what your body looks like and if you have a chance at sports at all.
Historically, knights have been smaller. But many of them were smaller at that time. People are getting bigger and bigger and this is something equestrian sports need to start thinking about. We are not young anymore.
Now there are many South Americans who exercise and they are mostly younger. If you were smaller and you didn’t have to struggle with the weight the same way, it would be easier. If you don’t eat in two or three days, you won’t feel refreshed. If you can eat and take care of yourself, you will become stronger and have more energy. There were times when I sat on a horse and felt like I was going.
Fanny Olson agrees that these are tough demands. But she doesn’t see the ideal as much of a problem. Not everyone can be good at everything.
Sports has always been like this. There are other countries with higher weights. Then you can choose another country. There are other options. People say that people get bigger and bigger, so the weights may increase in a few years. But those who ride are young. They are shorter than me. Not everyone can become a knight. I can’t play basketball, for example.
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“Don’t be the most talented knight.”
Inez Carlson thinks she has performed well in equestrian sports a lot due to her athletic background and winning skull. She does not think that it is enough to have the right physical conditions from birth.
You should always have adequate conditions for what you do, and some have better conditions than others for a particular sport. But I think if you want to do something you can reach very far in willpower. I think I’m tall for being a knight. But I have a winner skull. I knew I had to fight and that I might not be the most talented knight. I don’t think you can say you have to be a knight because you have this type of body. It has to come from oneself.
Did you inherit anything from your parents?
-Yes, mom and dad are very young and they both have a lot of energy. My mother is 64 years old and runs five kilometers every day. My father rides several miles a day and is over 70 years old. So I think I have good genes. I hope I will get the same as I get older.
On the other hand, Fanny Olson did not inherit her physical conditions from her parents.
I am much younger than my parents and siblings. But dad is also a stubborn winner and I think I got a great deal from this thing. My mom and I are more different. She always says “the second is good,” but neither is she the first loser.
Nine years have passed since Inez Carlson left the knight role. Her illness, endometriosis, meant she had to choose between exercise and the opportunity to have children. Today her daughter is eight years old. Inez sees herself in her, just as she sees herself in her parents.
– I never paid it. She has tried gymnastics and soccer and is now running. It should come from her but she has a personality that is very similar to mine. She is competitive so I think she will be good at what she does.
For Fanny Olson, the investment continues forward. About four years ago, she ended up under a horse at Jägersro. She broke her pelvis in four places and her back in three places. The doctors didn’t know if she would ever be able to ride again. But her winning skull brought her back on horseback.
They immediately asked me, “What are you going to do now?” But I didn’t understand. It never crossed my mind that I wouldn’t be riding.
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