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.
I’m starting back… way back to the very first time I showed at the New Vocations Charity Horse Show in 2013 (4 years ago). I showed my trainer’s horse, Vinnie, in the 2′ Limit Hunter division. On the flat, I don’t look that much different, but over fences… wow. I am so much more secure in the tack, my steering is better and even my pace is much more consistent. On Sunday, I scratched due to weather and a migraine (remember Sunday… this is important later).
In 2014 at New Vocations, I showed 2’6″ for the very first time. Again, I’m so much more balanced now, with a stronger leg. My chips (while they still happen) aren’t quite as bad most of the time, and I’m a more active rider, rather than a passenger. Plus, after reading my post, I’m so much more confident now! On Sunday, I scratched because despite winning the hack, he just wasn’t moving like himself (keep remembering…)