Listen here to Ashley’s presentation at the United States Eventing Association’s Annual Meeting about her performance psychology research concerning elite three-day event riders.
Fellow eventer Ashley Johnson took the stage at the 2021 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention to present the research she conducted for her master’s thesis through the Harvard University Extension School on the influence of performance strategies and baseline resilience levels on the thresholds of flow state that elite eventers experienced during competition. This was an original study conceived of by Johnson.
Eventing is a fascinating and challenging sport mentally, and event riders are truly a breed of their own! Unlike many other sports, eventing is a high-risk sport that encompasses both male and female athletes from a variety of nationalities and age levels, yet in the realm of performance psychology, virtually no research has been done on eventers. For her study, Johnson was able to collect data from athletes competing at every FEI competition in the United States from the beginning of the year through the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event. In this talk, Johnson discussed her findings!