So normally during a snow day I am pouring over dressage tests, looking at show schedules, and just generally being the ribbon crazy lady that I am. Yesterday I woke up and instead of making it a total horsey day I did other things. I keep saying that I am not going to stress about why I am not in the show or riding frame of mind, but yet I keep stressing about it! Now the good thing is that it is still January, so I have tons of time (show season doesn’t get started until April) to get excited. I think I have decided that yes, I do want to show this year. I have been given an amazing gift of a well trained horse that I am not only allowed, but encouraged, to bring to shows. This was the thing I had dreamed of happening since I started with dressage and yet I am hardly riding. I did one thing yesterday though that gave me a little bit of hope that the old me is waiting to come back out.
I spent a good half hour checking out the new ribbons on the Hodges Badges website! That little bit of hope was just what I needed to get organized about what I need to do if I want to make showing this year a reality. It is a long list of things that need to happen, but I feel good that I am giving myself tangible goals instead of whining about my riding or lack there of.
Here are the things I need to do in order to make 2011 a good show year…
1) Look at the new dressage tests. No really. I printed them all out, but I have not looked at any of them!!
2) Pick a level and a test that I am going to do this year (I am only going to be doing one test per show)
3) Learn the test. Like really learn it. I want to never need a reader this year.
4) Start working out again. I am beyond out of shape. Only riding one day a week and not running is no where near enough. I need to be fit enough to ride a 30 minute warm up and 6 minute test without being out of breath. Period.
5) Get a show grounds plan together. I am not going to be able to show a lot this year, so I want to show smart.
6) Get my fellow Saturday lessons students on board to show too so we can go as a barn. I want us to be a group and I want to make sure that every show is FUN!
7) Video tape myself riding the test before a show. I want to have a realistic view of a score before I head in to the show ring.
8) Start leasing the School Master again. There is only one way to really improve your riding, and that is by riding!