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The Greenhorn Chronicles 30: Sean Jobin on Personal Story, Work, and Views in Show Jumping

2022-12-22

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Publisher: In-Sight Publishing

Publisher Founding: December 1, 2014

Web Domain: http://www.in-sightpublishing.com 

Location: Fort Langley, Township of Langley, British Columbia, Canada

Journal: In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal

Journal Founding: August 2, 2012

Frequency: Three (3) Times Per Year

Review Status: Non-Peer-Reviewed

Access: Electronic/Digital & Open Access

Fees: None (Free)

Volume Numbering: 11

Issue Numbering: 1

Section: E

Theme Type: Idea

Theme Premise: “Outliers and Outsiders”

Theme Part: 26

Formal Sub-Theme: “The Greenhorn Chronicles”

Individual Publication Date: December 22, 2022

Issue Publication Date: January 1, 2023

Author(s): Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Interviewer(s): Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Interviewee(s): Sean Jobin

Word Count: 1,224

Image Credits: Erin Gilmore, SportFot, Cealy Tetly.

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN): 2369-6885

*Please see the footnotes, bibliography, and citations, after the interview.*

Abstract

Sean Jobin is a 29-year-old Grand Prix show jumping rider representing Canada on the FEI International circuit. After working his way up through the regional and national tours, he’s quickly made a name for himself at the international level with six podium finishes and two wins in the last year. He credits much of his recent success to the use of innovative training techniques and advanced analytics, developed in partnership with Dr. Worden. For the 2022 season, he was signed to the Major League Show Jumping Tour as a member of the Northern Lights team, where he will compete at the FEI5* level, and hopes to win a World Championship title for Canada. He has placed 5th in the 2019 Canadian Championships and received the Baker Award, 2nd in the 2021 $137,000 FEI3* Tryon International Grand Prix (First FEI 3* Grand Prix Podium), and 1st in the 2022 FEI4* Open Welcome at the Live Oak International. Jobin discusses: the choice to make this a career; the pivotal influences and inspirations; key opportunities and breaks; the postsecondary education; winnings and performance; technologies; training regimens; key lessons; high-level international performance; Double Clear LLC; newer riders; and the most controversial topic.

Keywords: Double Clear LLC, Emily Rickert, Eric Lamaze, FEI, Grand Prix rider, Hickstead, Hugh Graham, Major League, Mike Grinyer, Sean Jobin, The Greenhorn Chronicles, University of Guelph.

The Greenhorn Chronicles 30: Sean Jobin on Personal Story, Work, and Views in Show Jumping

Scott Douglas Jacobsen: As with most professional equestrians, there was a moment or a series of experiences leading into the choice to make this a career. What was that moment or series of experiences for you?

Sean Jobin: Ever since I can remember, I’ve always wanted to be a Grand Prix rider. I loved old horse movies and stories, and my mom used to be a groom and eventer, so she introduced show jumping to me. Horses have this natural quality unlike any animal, where despite their strength and difference, they can connect with humans on a very real level. Basically, all through human history, horses have been helping humans.

Jacobsen: Who were the pivotal influences and inspirations for you, growing up?

Jobin: I grew up during a pretty special time in North American showjumping, being able to watch Eric Lamaze win the individual gold medal and the Canadian team win silver at Beijing was a really big deal. Watching Eric and Hickstead compete on the international stage and consistently be the best was a huge inspiration to me to keep going.

Jacobsen: What were some of the key opportunities and breaks for your career in show jumping?

Jobin: I was lucky in my junior years to work for stables like Mike Grinyer and Hugh Graham where I could get experience riding a lot of young horses. I never really did any major youth championships, but the opportunities afforded by stables like these willing to give me a chance to ride several high-quality horses was huge.

Jacobsen: Some professional equestrians will take a break to pursue postsecondary education. How did the postsecondary education help you?

Jobin: I completed my Bachelors at University of Guelph online, so I had a bit of a unique experience. I think it really helped me expand how I approached the sport, and it was where I first became interested in pursuing different professionals’ point of view. On the other hand, I don’t think I could have done it any way other than online. I needed to pursue opportunities outside of Canada to further my career, and there were no similar opportunities available in Ontario.

Jacobsen: In terms of winnings and performance, what have been the most meaningful successes in the career for you?

Jobin: We’ve had a couple great wins at the national and international level this year, but for sure my highlight so far is getting my first podium finish in the 5* Major League Grand Prix this past month in California. It was only my fifth appearance in a 5* Grand Prix, and given it’s the highest level of showjumping sport in the world it’s the one that sticks out most.

Jacobsen: What technologies have you incorporated into traditional training regimens?

Jobin: We’ve used a lot of fancy stuff going from wearable technology that track biomechanics and biometrics along with more advanced video analysis. Combined with less complex methods like data tracking and training notes, it’s really helped give us a chance to view our horses in a more nuanced way. Sport is inherently emotional, but you can’t let your emotions drive your training or decisions when it comes to horses, you have to accept them for who they are, and this approach helps us do that.

Jacobsen: How have these complicated the training regimens while making them more modern and robust?

Jobin: Not much to be honest. There’s the usual growing pains of adjusting competition warm up and cool down procedures along with the odd technical issues, but I enjoy it.

Jacobsen: What are the key lessons from warm-up to riding to cooldown for jockeys/riders to take into account for show jumping?

Jobin: I’d say mental preparedness effects a horse to a really high degree, a lot of warm up can turn into over training for a horse if the rider is too hyped up before a big class and essentially trying too hard in the warmup. It’s best to save the jump for the ring and try to maintain the horses focus rather than winning in the warmup ring.

Jacobsen: What seem like the sources – the combination of attributes – of the high-level international performance for you?

Jobin: To me, cleverness and enjoyment are absolutely key in top showjumpers. There’s no way around it, if a horse doesn’t love jumping, they won’t jump. The best horses also figure out ways to win even when in tough positions.

Jacobsen: How do you run Double Clear LLC, front to back?

Jobin: I’m in a great position right now where I can focus on my career competing at the higher levels, but I still train a select few clients and deal horses. I’m lucky to have a great team behind me that helps carry a lot of the load. My girlfriend Emily Rickert has taken over hunter and equitation training for me as well as riding my top horses when I’m away. My assistant trainer Heather Jarvis has really stepped up as a great high-level trainer, and we’ve had our grooms step up and perform at the 5* FEI level to be amazing support this year.

Jacobsen: For newer riders, what are the most important work ethic, and moral, lessons to get across to them about show jumping and maintaining high standards?

Jobin: I think working hard is a given in any high-level sport or industry, but it’s probably not enough by itself. At the top level, pretty much everyone works hard, and you can’t coast on the talent that hard work cultivates. An athlete needs to constantly re-invent themselves, because the sport is always changing as everybody looks to gain competitive advantages. When I look at the very best athletes in and outside our sport, they are always pushing every year to see their sport from different perspectives, trying different approaches and dropping standards that aren’t working.

Jacobsen: What is the most controversial topic in the show jumping community at the moment – taboo topic? What could broach this topic amongst/between members of this community?

Jobin: There’s probably a few too many to count, but I’ll weigh in. There’s the obvious issues at the top level about whether the new Olympic format is good or bad for the future of our sport. On one hand, it is incredibly difficult as a rider losing a drop score on the team and it can put you in very difficult positions, but I also understand that the previous format was confusing to new viewership. I also think the future of the sport needs to be taken into consideration. As experience with horses becomes less and less common, people start to lose understanding of horses and why they like showjumping. In turn showjumping becomes viewed as an elitist hobby that’s prohibitively expensive, especially at the top level. I think this sentiment is true, but not cause for giving up, it’s cause to look for different ways of succeeding than old paths.

In my opinion, you have to go really far to find someone who doesn’t like horses, they are that special. And as much as I love history and tradition, there is a way to synthesize these customs while expanding the appeal of the sport and making sure the happiness and welfare of our horses takes precedence.

Jacobsen: Thank you for the opportunity and your time, Sean.

Jobin: Absolutely, thank you.

Bibliography

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Footnotes

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Citations

American Medical Association (AMA 11th Edition): Jacobsen S. The Greenhorn Chronicles 30: Sean Jobin on Personal Story, Work, and Views in Show Jumping. December 2022; 11(1). http://www.in-sightpublishing.com/jobin

American Psychological Association (APA 7th Edition): Jacobsen, S. (2022, December 22). The Greenhorn Chronicles 30: Sean Jobin on Personal Story, Work, and Views in Show Jumping. In-Sight Publishing. 11(1). http://www.in-sightpublishing.com/jobin.

Brazilian National Standards (ABNT): JACOBSEN, S. D. The Greenhorn Chronicles 30: Sean Jobin on Personal Story, Work, and Views in Show Jumping. In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal, Fort Langley, v. 11, n. 1, 2022.

Chicago/Turabian, Author-Date (17th Edition): Jacobsen, Scott. 2022. “The Greenhorn Chronicles 30: Sean Jobin on Personal Story, Work, and Views in Show Jumping.” In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal 11, no. 1 (Winter). http://www.in-sightpublishing.com/jobin.

Chicago/Turabian, Notes & Bibliography (17th Edition): Jacobsen, Scott The Greenhorn Chronicles 30: Sean Jobin on Personal Story, Work, and Views in Show Jumping.” In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal 11, no. 1 (December 2022). http://www.in-sightpublishing.com/jobin.

Harvard: Jacobsen, S. (2022) ‘The Greenhorn Chronicles 30: Sean Jobin on Personal Story, Work, and Views in Show JumpingIn-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal, 11(1). <http://www.in-sightpublishing.com/jobin>.

Harvard (Australian): Jacobsen, S 2022, ‘The Greenhorn Chronicles 30: Sean Jobin on Personal Story, Work, and Views in Show JumpingIn-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal, vol. 11, no. 1, <http://www.in-sightpublishing.com/jobin>.

Modern Language Association (MLA, 9th Edition): Jacobsen, Scott. “The Greenhorn Chronicles 30: Sean Jobin on Personal Story, Work, and Views in Show Jumping.” In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal, vo.11, no. 1, 2022, http://www.in-sightpublishing.com/jobin.

Vancouver/ICMJE: Jacobsen S. The Greenhorn Chronicles 30: Sean Jobin on Personal Story, Work, and Views in Show Jumping [Internet]. 2022 Dec; 11(1). Available from: http://www.in-sightpublishing.com/jobin

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