Tuesday, February 24, 2015

It's Showtime! (In 39 days...)

Let's do this!
Show season is going to be very different from normal this year. Usually I show 4-6 times through the year, often at 2 back-to-back full-weekend USDF shows and one or two schooling shows. This year, I'll be doing mainly USDF shows. In fact, I won't be doing any schooling shows to kick the year off. There just aren't any schooling shows happening early enough.
Remember green grass and warm days? Yeah. Me neither.
This is somewhat unfortunate, as I'd really like a chance to school the new 2nd level tests before jumping right in at USDF level. Oh well, those are the breaks. It's not like I have a totally green horse who needs his show manners re-installed...
"Who me? I am the most mannerly and professional of the show horses. Do not deny it!"
... nope. He's pretty much foot perfect at shows, if just more tense in the ring. 
It's a scary world out there.
As you might remember, my goals this year included showing at 2 USDF recognized shows before June, and finish up my 1st and 2nd level scores for my Bronze medal. With those things in mind, I'm aiming at showing three USDF shows over 2 weekends in April and May.

April Adventure at Majestic Farm
April 4/5
1st & 2nd level

Harmony in the Park I & II (2 separate shows)
May 16/17
2nd level

Of course as the reminder popped up on my phone to finish the entries for the April show, I realized that I haven't even ridden the new 2015 tests yet. Not even once.
Uh. Which way do we turn again?
I'm a little put off riding two brand new tests at a different venue so early in the year. But, dammit, we're going to do it. And we're going to do our best to look good while we do! Here's to gearing up for a spring show season, and letting that momentum carry us through the last bit of winter. After all, April 4th is only 39 days away...
"Only 39 days?! Oh no..."

26 comments:

  1. If anyone can start their show season off at rated competitions at new venues, it's you guys!

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    1. Hahaha. Thanks for the confidence. I'll have to call on you for some of that in 39 days ... ;)

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  2. I'll be rooting for you for sure!

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  3. Nice!! I'm rooting for you, my fellow winter-dressage-rider.

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    1. Brave the weather! Get the roundness! Win at fancy!

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  4. I have my fingers crossed that our first show at the end of March will actually be able to be held, and that two feet of snow will just magically be gone by then. It's hard to picture green grass right now!

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    1. You get it! The end of March is pushing it. I mean. If all that snow melts, won't it just put all the grass under water?

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  5. We will be at Harmony as well!!! Woot woot! I'll bring wine!

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    1. Whoo! I'll bring the second bottle! ;)

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  6. Woohoo! Can't wait to hear how they go!

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  7. You totally got this! You and Guinness have a lot of experience under your belt.

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    1. I guess we do, hopefully that experience pays off. Thanks!

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  8. you can do it!! You've worked hard and now it's time to enjoy the fruit of your labours.

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  9. Woohoo you guys are gonna kick ass & take names ☺☺☺

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  10. woo hoo - you can do it!!! super excited for you guys (and love all the pics too!)

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    1. True story, that last photo is an all time favorite.

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