Crystal Ball Gazing

Saturday was the last show of the spring season. Camp starts soon. Summer is here! Therefore, I will try a little futurecasting.

Stepping Stone Farm
For the summer, I will dial back to once-a-week lessons. I would prefer two, if I could go just for the morning. Doesn’t happen. I watch lessons, pat horses; suddenly it’s 4:30 and I’m wondering where the day went. Instead, I will stay home to play with my shiny new toy horse.

In the fall, I’ll get organized to make a push for Nationals, which takes place at the end of October: more lessons, perhaps a few group boot camp sessions [Begins], or maybe a lesson intensive as I did last year [Annotated].

Regardless of the ribbons I bring home, I will go on record as saying that Nationals 2015 will be my last Academy show. Since I am not planning on moving to suit [Up], regulations do not prevent me from showing Academy until I am old and gray, um, older and grayer. Rather, I suspect I will have reached my FTS level with equitation.

I’ve learned a lot. I’ve learned things that will help with any discipline [Balance]. I’m excited for the rest of the year. There is still more to squeeze out of this equitation gig. However, by November, I’m done. I will no longer care what funky thing I am doing with my right wrist, except as it influences the horse.

I’ll stay with saddle seat lessons, because, well, why not?

Of course, I reserve the right to change my mind at any point. But that’s how I see it for now.

Home Team
When (If? No, dammit, when!) Milton and I get our act together, I will ship to Stepping Stone for a on-going symposium on the overlap between saddle seat and dressage. Yup, I’m going to take dressage lessons from a saddle seat instructor. This should provide enough challenge to keep everyone, including Milton, amused.

For Rodney’s dressage instructor, I have identified a fellow who is known to be gentle with both horse and rider. For jumping, Rodney and I will go to a Joe Fargis style jumper rider who is good with Thoroughbreds.

I’ll keep my eyes open for who is hot in cross-country instruction in my area.

Same Time, Next Year
I’ll be back to check the accuracy of my predicitions. Cue divine laughter [Bronze].

5 thoughts on “Crystal Ball Gazing

  1. Excellent plan. The progress you have made with both horses is impressive. You have done a wonderful job of listening to them and caring for them. May they reward you with many happy days of riding, shows, events and ribbons.

    Please keep us informed as the days go by. It is inspiring to see your dedication and persistence. It renews my hope in the younger generation!

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