This is a very, very rough draft. I am proud of myself for even putting it out there this early in the year though. I mean…I was on it by January 1st (I posted it at the top of my blog)!! I think I will put out a final one out much later in the year, but these are my plans for next year…
1)Earn my bronze medals
a) Earn my bronze medal from ES
-I need one T-3 Score over 60%
b) Earn my bronze medal from EC
-I need one T-3 score over 60% and 3 other training level scores over 60%
c) Earn my bronze medal from the local show grounds
– Only need one T-3 Score over 58%
It has seriously been FOREVER that I have been trying to earn my GMO bronze medals. As you can see, it is not that hard. I just can never seem to get my act together. Most people can earn their GMO bronze medals in a singe year…It was been 9 years now. The reason it is so important to me to do it this year is because I want to be able to use Heart’s and Gen’s scores. Heart passed away and Gen is retired so if I don’t do it this year I am going to be really sad.
2) Show in the “Evergreen Hunter” class at the local show grounds hunter show
My moto for Lucky this year is show often. I think that doing the green class in the hunter shows is the perfect way to do that. They run once a month and we will only do them until she feels comfortable going out and about. With it being right down the road and I think $10 a class for members it is the perfect way to show in a no pressure (I know I am not a hunter and neither is she) chaotic environment and get lots of experience.
3) Ride in a hunter pace
I live in an area where hunter paces abound. I have a horse that loves to be out and about. I need to do this! Blogging and real life buddies…If you are going to do a hunter pace let me know…Lucky and I would love to join you!
4) Train Gen to be led without a halter
Yes, my poor neglected Gen finally gets a goal all to his own. I know my horse does’t need me to lead him around. When he is in a good mood and all lovie he follows me around all day. The issue is that when he is bad, he is bad. I have started to do this sort of thing and then given up when Gen has a bad day. I don’t want to give up this year. I want to have a horse that is completely confirmed at just hand signals. I want you all to hold me accountable so I am promising a video of Gen going around like a good boy sans halter and lead rope.
5) Teach Lucky how to self load in a trailer
It hit me last year like a ton of bricks that if I want to show, which I do, I need to be able to do it all. I think this spring I will take some time to work on loading Lucky alone. By the end of the fall she was a total superstar and loaded no problem…now I just need to not feel like I need a second person there…
6) Teach Lucky how to counter canter
This is a huge reach goal for this year. Poor Lucky has no idea how to use her body correctly. Her canter is rough right now so even thinking of doing a counter canter where the horse needs to be balanced, supple and strong is kind of crazy. A girl can dream though right???
7) Do a class with jumps
I am thinking that the easiest way to complete this goal is to do the cross rail class at the hunter show. That being said the only two times I tried to put Lucky over cross rails she bolted with me…so maybe we will try a jumper show instead??? I haven’t jumped very much at all in the past 8 years so this goal is also kind of reach. The blind leading the blind so to speak. Maybe I will try to get Tucker’s Mommy to come out and help us once Lucky is all healed…
8) Qualify for year end awards from…
c)Local Show Grounds
Notice that I did not say that I need to earn the awards to accomplish this goal. If we do go out training level, which is what I want to do, then the chance of us winning anything is slim to none. When you have adult amateurs with $50,000 warmbloods paying $20,000 a year for training competing against you the reality is that you shouldn’t be winning. I just want to do enough of the right kind of shows just in case a miracle happens and we do well enough to get 6th place or something.
9) Qualify for the EC Championship show.
If I did any championship show it would be this one. And I just need a score at T-2 or T-2 above a 60% so it is also the easiest one to qualify for.