See my “2014 Show Schedule” in the right hand side bar of my blog?
Get a good look at it, because I’ll be taking it down in a few days.
Why? Because at this point it’s kind of a joke and extremely inaccurate. I’ve officially shifted my mindset from “We will show all the shows!” to “We will show when it seems fun and financially feasible.”
I bring this up, because I made the decision this week to skip all the March shows. There were a few options in there, including the coveted 2’6″ Hunter Derby that I want to do so badly. So why skip them all, you say? Honestly there are a lot of reasons.
I don’t feel ready. We could probably get some good rides in and go get around, but I would be surprised if the results were stellar. I like to show when I am very calm and confident about our current level of performance… and I don’t feel that way right now. Plus, the first show is March 1st which is really soon.
Even though we could scrape our act together and go, the thought of smushing lots of training and prep into a short time period kind of makes me anxious. Thus far 2014 has been a giant stress ball for me. It sounds a lot more appealing to take things slow, do careful and correct prep and go show when I am more relaxed and confident.
There are fun things on the horizon including cross country schooling with my barn in late March. Also, a big reason for my current brokeness (my saddle) should be arriving within the next two weeks. Yay! Additionally my trainer is really awesome and has created all sorts of fun jumps in our ring to prep for the derbies coming up. There’s hay bales, flower barrels, and even a picnic table! Lessons are going to be really fun.
The plan right now is show a weekend show in April, and do the 2’6″ Hunter Derby at the end of April. But… a plan is just a hopeful schedule. We’ll see how things go.
I feel a lot better about waiting than I do rushing to get ready for early March shows. Since Simon and I are in no real timeline, it just makes more sense right now. I think we both have already breathed a big sigh of relief!