This is not another 2015 goal or goal progression post, even though I’m going to mention my 2015 goals. Basically my equestrian self confidence was pretty low when I made my 2015 goals this year. I think they’re valid and I plan to stick to them, but I definitely took it easy on myself when I wrote them down. I was afraid to utter anything “too big” because I thought it was ridiculous to declare such a thing to the internet.
I think most amateur riders know we’re never going to go to the Olympics and are pretty outspoken about that. The subject we tend to be more quiet about though, is our ‘big’ goal. Whether it’s to ride in a Grand Prix or take your non-imported Warmblood Prix St. George, we tend to be quite a bit less outspoken about the big goals.
Yet, aren’t those the goals that keep us going at the end of the day?
When I started riding hunter/jumper more seriously in college, I told myself that all I wanted was to feel like I belonged at a weekend show. I wanted to take a suitable horse around the 2’6″ hunters and not look terribly out of place. Then about 5 years later, I achieved that… and realized I wanted more.
Sure it’s fun to go show, and while showing is not about ribbons or winning… well it’s a lot more fun if you win!
Then I started dabbling more in the jumper ring where my horse tends to shine. He’s not a super fancy creature and lord knows we have some things against us, but he’s not backyard trash either. What was my big goal going to be?
The more I work with Simon, the more I don’t want to settle for just belonging. We have a really long way to go and lots of things to work on… mostly me. The journey makes me hungrier for more though. I want to find success and then push ourselves for more of it.
I want to have big goals. I want to take Simon around the Take 2 Jumpers (1.0m) to represent his breed. I want to show in the Low Adult Jumpers (1.0m – 1.05m) at some big shows like Pin Oak and Colorado. Those are my big goals.
They may very well take years or never happen at all. Like any horse, Simon could get hurt tomorrow and never jump again or I may find myself in the poor house with no show money to be had. That’s okay, because big goals have big risks sometimes. We’ll give it our best shot and see what happens, because that’s all we can do!
Those are my big goals… what are yours?