At this point in the year I’m usually really sick of the cold, grey days of winter and frantically trying to get ready for show season. However, my usual sense of urgency is no where to be found. Perhaps it was the mild winter or lack of big riding goals; maybe it’s been all the change in my life and the lessons I’ve learned. Whatever it is, I’ve embraced this calmer, less worried attitude… which is probably why you haven’t seen much about riding on the blog.
I have so many mixed feelings and emotions when I think back on the 2016 show season. It started off so horribly, with lots of tears and tough rides… but I found a strength within myself that I didn’t know I had. Together, with support from all sides, Miles and I succeeded.
This week I did the responsible, yet slightly depressing thing by calculating an expected budget for show season. It wasn’t exactly fun… although daydreaming about horse shows was entertaining until the reality of a really big final number sunk in. With that in mind, I’m redoubling my efforts to make some extra cash and rein in my superfluous spending. Of course as soon as I tell myself I can’t have something, that’s all I can think about.
In case you hadn’t noticed, I love meeting bloggers. Just about every vacation or trip I go on, I manage to meet up with at least one blogger. Last year I actually missed out on meeting a few people because I didn’t realize I was visiting where they lived and they had no idea I’d be there! So I’m throwing out my planned trips in case anyone lives in the area and wants to meet up. ‘
One of the best things I ever did for myself was take a step back from riding during college. It was a good thing for me, because I needed time to mature and figure out who I was and what I wanted to do with my life. I’m forever grateful for that time, because it allowed me to come back to horses on my own and be 110% committed to being an equestrian for the rest of my life. As a fresh college graduate, this is not always easy — there are a lot of demands on your time and finances, and the only way to include horses in the equation is to be dedicated to making it work. However, this time away from the horse world also had a huge impact on my riding… and it wasn’t for the better.