So, I may be ten days late in doing this. But in all truthfulness, I still am not completely certain what my goals are for my horse and my riding this year. I have been mulling it over, but I am not typically a hard and fast goal-setter, because it always seems as though life gets in the way. So I am going to set a few loose goals and take it one step at a time from there.
My first goal might be coming up in two weeks, if I can figure out the financial end of things. My main goal has been for a long time to get to a show. Now, I know that I got out to the Everlong show on Penny last year, but I can hardly call that a true "showing" experience. Let's not rehash that whole mess. Regardless, my main goal is to take a horse and get into a ring. Period, end of story. So I was invited to go along with a couple people to do the Pipe Opener at Carolina Horse Park on the 21st, and hopefully I will get to that to do a Maiden level combined test.
The next goal is to team up with Robyn to get to another combined test together at TTC in March, and also do a cross country schooling since their course will be open after the show. From there, I have decided not to set any hard and fast goals, but I would like to loosely set a goal of getting out at least every other month, hopefully more like once a month. I would like to do a little dressage show, like Gone to Ground or Lighten Up Dressage, which are both fairly local. And I would really like to run my first full event at the Beginner Novice level by this summer. I think that is a reasonable goal, considering my horse is capable, and the height is only 2'7". Ideally, I would like to try to move up to Novice by the end of the year, but we will take it one step at a time and see how things go.
Back to the Pipe Opener, and one small thing that I forgot to mention...entries are due tomorrow...and I need a show name. Her barn name is April, because she was born on April Fools' Day. She is a fiery chestnut mare, and deserves a particularly special name. Any suggestions???!!!