I mean, still a worthy goal, but breaking that down into, "Don't drift directly into the right standard while approaching from a crawl" was both better defined and easier to work on. I'm hoping to continue that trend this year with a broad range of goals for both Bobby and myself.
1. Stay present while riding at shows. I'm very guilty of dialing it in when showing. If I can get my horse somewhat relaxed, I basically quit there and stop riding. I'd like to work on riding bolder and asking Bobby for more instead of settling for the absolute bare minimum he'll give me.
2. Focus on year-end awards. I'm switching GMOs for dressage this year from WNY to CNY. I liked the staff, the organization, the facilities, and the entire vibe so much more at the CNY show I went to than the ones I showed/volunteered at for WNY. They're also a little kinder when it comes to racking up scores for year end awards, and I'd love to garner even more satin if we can swing it so I'm going to make their shows a priority.
3. Ride a Third Level test. Obviously only at a schooling show. Individually, all the pieces are installed at a basic level right now. Putting them together for an entire test is going to need a whole lotta work and polish to accomplish this by the end of show season.
1. Attend at least one horse trial. Pending vet check in the spring to see if horse will get cleared to return to cross country.
2. Stay quiet on approach to the jump. Oh my goshhhhh, stop lifting my hands two to three strides out!!! Also stop over-riding with my seat once locked onto a distance. Basically just sit chilly and support with my leg.
|the third or fourth year of doing these and i still get disappointed that my horse|
is just straight fugly. going to try to glam him up for next year.