July 28, 2022

A day in the life of Auriane – show jumping champion and online school student

Online schooling is perfect for young horse riding champion Auriane Dupont, who has lived around the world from Dubai to France. Auriane joined us as her show jumping career began ramping up, when her family realised that virtual learning was a much better fit for her training schedule.

Now, she has more time to spend with her horses and more time to follow her passion. Keep reading to find out what a typical day looks like for Auriane as she balances competitions with classes.

Auriane Dupont

Auriane’s exciting life

Auriane has been riding horses ever since she was six years old, first starting out with one riding session per week. Then, just over a year ago, she was bitten by the show jumping bug. “I really started to give riding my all 18 months ago,” she explains, “and learnt to jump when I was living in Dubai.

After the pandemic, Auriane began training more with her pony and beginning competitions, which is when she and her family realised virtual learning made it “far easier to deal with school and training.” She tells us, “I wanted to join King's InterHigh to keep this way of learning, to keep flexibility, to be able to manage competitions and a good level at school.

From that point on, Auriane says “everything went fast.” She took part in her first show jumping activities in February 2021, and this month she was already competing in the French National Championship — where she ranked 4th out of 79 qualified riders!

So, what does a typical day in Auriane’s life look like? In her own words, here’s everything she packs into a typical week, from mornings in class to afternoons at the equestrian centre.

In the mornings...
I wake up at 7:30 am. Saturdays or Sundays are usually competition days two times per month. If I have no competition on weekends, I train on Saturday morning.
Time for school!
Monday to Friday, I follow my online lessons and I do homework when I have no classes during the day.

My favourite subjects are Mathematics and languages. I speak French and English, I have learned some Arabic, and I am now learning Spanish. I also got a silver medal during the 2022 Immerse Me Games. I was playing the game in several languages between school and horse riding training during all my free time. It was so much fun.

In the future, I plan to follow an IB curriculum with King's InterHigh.
Afternoons are for training
After school from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm, I train at the equestrian centre.

I train 5 to 6 times per week, and I have special training before competitions. You need a strong mindset. I need to stay healthy, to eat well, and to sleep well. Show jumping requires all your attention and your best condition. It is a lot of work, so being rigorous is mandatory.
When I need to train during school hours...
Usually, I manage to take my live lessons at my desk, and if I cannot attend my live lessons because of training, I plan to watch recordings the day after.

For example, Wednesday afternoons are also training days, so I watch my classes remotely. In my case, recorded lessons are very useful.

My tutor at King's InterHigh knows about all my show jumping programs. I share my training and competitions planning. We always find solutions with the teachers to deal with everything. Even from the Regional to National Championship and the last 6 weeks of the year at school — the training and pressure were hard to organize, but we did it.

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