Thursday, December 8, 2011

Tis The Season

Dad, Blazer and I at the 2010 NAJYRC
I want to start by saying a big happy birthday to my Dad!!!! My Dad is by far one of my biggest supports for everything that I do. Although he doesn't know much about horses he is always the familiar face reminding me to have fun. In typical Dad fashion, he worries and questions everything that I do, but at the same time supports me to make my own choices. He is my first call when anything goes wrong and the first call when I have exciting news to share. He is my number one fan and I wouldn't have it any other way.
Dad's birthday always marks the beginning of my holiday season. With the holiday season comes the eventing world "down time". I think it's fairly common with us eventers that down time is actually down time. For the majority of us we find it hard to sit still and need to occupy our time in other ways. Give your horse a break and try something new on your own. This winter I've taken up spinning and yoga. I find both of these to be very helpful in my balance and posture. I've always known people to use these things to help their riding but this year is the first time I've really given them a try. I have to say, I think there's a lot of truth to what people are saying. Come the spring season I hope I can find time to keep these things as part of my regular routine.
Winter is often a time to set new goals. What do you want to accomplish next year? Where do you want to be a year from now? A year from now I'd like to have at least one horse (preferably two or three) competing through the fall season. I'd also like to try and expand my client base and bring in some new business members to the team. I see 2012 as being a real growing year for me. I will be finishing my associates degree at NVCC and hopefully transferring to GMU to finish my bachelors. I've also got some exciting new plans to find a barn to base out of (more on that later). Whatever happens in 2012, I'm ready and exciting. Until then I'm going to enjoy this month "off" and enjoy some family time before I head south and the real work begins.