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.
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!
What a season! There were a lot of ups and downs for Miles and I this year, but in the end I learned and accomplished a lot. This was the first year I completed an entire show season from May through December with Miles, which was a big goal of mine. So let’s see how things shook out:
Our last show of the season was not only extremely successful for Miles and I, but truly a culmination of all that we’ve accomplished in the last six months. We jumped around the big ring, had out best trips to date in our division and had a lot of fun. Of course, none of this would have been possible without my amazing support system: Trainer, friends and family. The show wasn’t without its challenges — competing with no preparation (Miles went to the show the day after I returned from vacation), showing with the flu (thank goodness for DayQuil), and attending a Wedding the same weekend. All in all though, the show could not have gone any better for us!
Back to back horse shows are stressful and difficult as an adult, and things like laundry and grocery shopping tend to get put on the back burner. This particular week was rough since our show schedule was all changed around due to attending a wedding on Sunday… which meant we hauled the horses up to the show on Thursday and showed Friday and Saturday. Despite the change in routine, it turned out to be even better as it allowed us to show in some classes I wouldn’t normally compete in. It’s a nice challenge at this point in the season, and really drives home the idea of focusing on personal victories rather than ribbons.