Wow, I can’t believe we’re already halfway through February! Spring is just around the corner (or at least, that’s what I’m telling myself). While I only show in the summer, it’s time to start thinking about show season! I ride with a small group, so planning is essential to ensure that Trainer is able to attend the shows we want to go to. Plus, I hate showing by myself so I’d rather plan than get left going by myself. So without further ado, here’s the plan!
Last year we planned a huge tentative schedule… HUGE. I knew we wouldn’t hit them all, but we ended up going to fewer than even I expected due to unforeseen circumstances. This year, I’m scaling it back a bit and including only the shows that are most likely.
- May 26 – 28, 2017: Showtime Series (Regional I)
- June 2 – 4, 2017: Showtime Series (Regional I)
- June 22 – 25, 2017: Showtime Series (National)
- June 29 – July 2, 2017: New Vocations Charity (Unrated)
- July 20 -23, 2017: Showtime Series (National)
- August 25 – 27, 2017: Showtime Series (Regional I)
- September 1 – 3, 2017: Showtime Series (Regional I)
- September 8 – 10, 2017: TIP Championships (Unrated)
- October 5 – 8, 2017: Showtime Series (National)
- November 2-5, 2017: NEST Series (Unrated)
For the most part, my plan is to compete at the local Showtime Series horse shows. There are a total of seven shows over the course of six months — all rated and at a great venue (Willow Way Farm) 20 minutes from my house. The venue was brand new last year, so I’m looking forward to even more amenities this year (like hopefully some patches of grass!), but honestly the footing and the barns are what matters most to me, and those were excellent last year.
Other than that, I have three shows on the list. The first is New Vocations Charity, and we attend every year. It’s for a great cause and I enjoy competing in some different classes against different people. The venue is still local — about 45 minutes away — and while it isn’t quite as nice, for one weekend it’s still quite adequate.
The second add-on show is the TJCTIP Championships at the Kentucky Horse Park. I’ve never competed there, but it’s on my bucket list. So if we can make it happen, I want to go just to say I did. Fingers crossed everything works out this year!
And finally in November there’s a local show at our usual close venue (Willow Way Equestrian Center), so if the weather is nice I wouldn’t mind adding one last hurrah to the calendar.