Hindsight is 20/20 in some things, especially when it comes down to our four-hooved partners. Had things gone the way I intended this year, I would have had a pretty fantastic riding and show season, but as they say, "Everything happens for a reason". I feel as though I played the cards I had been dealt rather well and in a weird way, accomplished almost all of my goals - just not the way I had intended.
So while I had a pretty quiet/boring year, I am looking forward to making new plans for the coming year.
Continue to show and work towards a High Point in any discipline we choose.Finn, the lease horse I had for a few months, aided me in winning the English Senior High Point at a schooling show.
- Perform a Dressage Freestyle (Kur). I had planned on doing one with Suzie, then with Finn... but it just didn't happen. Maybe next year.
Go in a Gymkhana.Completed without Suzie. Spud went out and threw down some pretty rad moves early in the year.
Put a rider on him and have him going walk, trot,and canter if possible. I didn't hit this goal as hard as I thought I wanted to - I realized I didn't care too much to have him particularly well-schooled since he's pretty much bomb-proof already. Need I mention the 3 year old birthday party he gave pony rides at? Show in harness; placings do not matter at this point.I'd say this was a home run!
- Have his "lay down" trick more refined, without me having to hold up his leg. I hadn't done too much with this during the summer months, but played with it more in the Spring and Fall.
Stay tuned for a 2017 Goals list - it is a bit more meatier and exciting than my 2016 goals!