As I sat down to write this blog I realized this is my first post in the 2015 year. Happy (VERY) belated New Years to everyone!
With the New Year came some new changes.
Scooter returned from his lease at the beginning of November and has now had the whole winter to enjoy relaxing, being a five year old pony, and bossing Frank around in the pasture. He is going into "pony bootcamp" with the start of March and (hopefully) better weather. He will then be ready to start teaching lessons again or be leased out again around April 1st!
December 1st Chester and Lucky moved to Blue Moon Dressage for the winter so that I could keep their training going forward and progressing even with winter weather arriving. That plan was put into action, but shortly afterwards I fell ill with a multitude of issues that left me down and out for the count for a solid month. So Chester and Lucky enjoyed living the plush lifestyle sans work at Blue Moon Dressage while I recuperated. They went back to work in January and have had a on and off working winter as the brutally severe winter temperatures have hindered some work days. This winter has just been awful as far as frigid, beyond ridiculously cold temperatures go! I can assure all of you that this horse person, along with every other one here on the east coast is counting the days till spring more eagerly than normal this year!
With the beginning of the New Year, I also did some goal evaluating for my personal and professional life. My biggest goal that I set for myself is that I am going to begin to work towards achieving my scores for my USDF Bronze Medal this year in hopes that MAYBE, just maybe, I can obtain that medal by the end of 2015. The long term goal is to achieve all my USDF Medals and Musical Freestyle Bars. This goal I have had in the back of my mind for quite awhile, though lacked the means, financially and otherwise to attempt this goal. My father has been one to step in and realize that this is a part of my version of "college" (the equine aspect anyways). He has been super supportive since I mentioned this goal as he has with most other endeavors I've had in life. With his help and some help from family I am hoping to make this goal and dream come true. In addition, Carol Conner, my dressage trainer, was very receptive and supportive when I told her my goal ideas. She has been so kind to let me step in as a part-time working student a few mornings a week in order to work off more lessons and get more training time in to work towards my goal. Lucky and Chester begin this journey with me this year as well as the other part of my "support team." Both Lucky and Chester will attend a schooling dressage show at the end of March to get their feet back in the show ring so to speak. And then April Lucky will begin showing rated at first level, and Chester will begin showing rated at training level. The hope is that Lucky will for sure be able to compete successfully at first and second level, with the possibility of putting in some scores at third level. With Chester the plan is to take his training very slowly due to the fact that he has the gaits and possesses the talent to potentially go far, but has a bit of an attitude and we hope to not fry his brain by pushing him too far too fast. Each day has been a journey so far and I know this is just the start of a journey that I have a strong feeling will most certainly be one to remember!
Stay tuned for more as the days go on!