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.
Our local show series added a last-minute schooling show the weekend before last, which I was really excited about. August is kind of a ‘down’ month in Central Ohio as far as shows are concerned, and while we had discussed trying to go out of town for a show this month, circumstances changed and that wasn’t an option anymore. So when the venue 15 minutes down the road added a show, we were all pretty excited!
We’re just past halfway through the show season, I’m pretty pleased with the results so far. Things didn’t start out the way I’d hoped, and I’m still battling my way back from all the issues we had over the winter. The good news is that while my progress hasn’t been linear, there has been progress… tremendous progress. This horse show was a good marker for where I’m at riding wise: while things didn’t quite go as planned, I made the best of it and rode through it regardless.
The New Vocations Charity Horse Show has become somewhat of a landmark occasion for Miles and I. Sometimes it’s because great things happen… and sometimes it’s the opposite. But regardless of which way the chips fall, I always enjoy looking back because I can see so much progress. We may not be moving up in height very quickly, we may not look picture perfect over every jump… but I am becoming a better rider than I’ve ever been. And making sure I take the time to SEE that and BELIEVE that is so, incredibly important.
New Vocations is a non-profit organization dedicated to rehabilitating and retraining Thoroughbred and Standardbred racehorses after their career on the racetrack. They’re the nation’s largest racehorse adoption program, and it all began right here in Central Ohio. Every year they host a horse show to showcase the Thoroughbred breed and raise money for their adoption efforts. It’s a really fun horse show for a great cause, and we always attend. Our barn takes more horses and riders to this show than any other… which always makes for some crazy adventures, and this year was no exception!