Sheesh...can you believe its been since MARCH (Read the full post here) that I published goals?! Totally dropped the ball on that one, but hey better late than never right?
|remember back when this bank was terrifying to me!?|
|Trying to avoid moments like this would be great|
First lets talk goals:
- NEW GOALS
- Dont let her fall in on turns in stadium or fall through the outside rein
- Get extended trot tracking off a right turn quicker to build like off the left
- Canter transitions without turning into a giraffe
- Keep the same relaxation when doing a test as in warm up
|How I want us both to jumo every single fence|
Now for what my competition season goals / schedule looks like in terms of starter events vs recognized.
I have discussed this in great length with a few different trainers...Our first novice felt good. REALLY good and to really make sure we keep things feeling good we want to enter another starter trial at the end of this month confirming us at this level, but this time at a venue that hosts recognized shows. As much as I wanted to go to a starter on the same day with my barn friends so we could all compete together, my trainer strongly encouraged me to do Loch Moy because they host recognized events therefore we will get a better taste of what to expect at one.
I also entered a recognized event July 11th because the closing date was before Loch Moy. My trainers also said go for it and thinks we are ready...which I was a bit nervous about entering this before doing another novice event BUT both trainers said they felt we were ready.
Why enter a recognized? They are over double the price as a starter trial, I have to braid and if we royally fuck up, its on our record...
|sooo much money|
Well in short my trainer asked me, why go through a move up AND experiencing your first recognized all at once?
Now that we are at novice level...my immediate goal is to get us confirmed here. Keep it feeling good and obviously think about how to keep us feeling that way. I know all too easily how quickly confidence can go right out the window. BUT with that said, the next level is Training level. I will only move up to it when we both feel 100% ready and really am committed to not rushing us at all. I have learned this last year it really isnt about the level. Sure we tend to make a level our goal, but for me its turned more into how we are feeling with what we are doing. I do not want to regress to that awful place last year...but I also do still maintain goals to getting to the higher levels so have to think about the safest and happiest way for us to get there.
|feeling happy and brave like this all the time at this height|
While Training level is not a level I intend to move up to right now, I need to think of how to make it as successful as this first move up to novice was and talking with my trainers, there are very few starter events offering training level. Sure there are some, but I will definitely not be able to skirt around doing recognized any more when that happens.
So the thought is to start doing them now and make the whole braiding thing and heightened competition a little bit more comfortable like we've been working towards with showing in general.
The plan is to stay here at novice right now and test ourselves here so it feels like no big deal. Keep it feeling good and not shy away from recognized or harder events. When we achieve that AND have the go ahead from our trainers we will start throwing out the idea of a move up...but for now, we will be rocking it at novice.
and maybe hurting my wallet a little bit more...