It’s been fun to catch you all up on everything through my latest blog series. If something in one of my posts inspired you in any way, big or small, I’d love to keep in touch and hear how you’re implementing new ideas into your riding. And…stay tuned for the GIVEAWAY WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT at the end of this post!
While I’ve updated you on how my confidence has improved, how I’ve changed my overall position, and what I’ve been doing to work on my fitness (mentally and physically), I still need to update you on what’s ahead for the coming months. Over this past summer, all of my hard work culminated into being presented with the opportunity to ride more horses. And as time went on, I started to make another big connection: the more I ride…the more I want to ride. I’m hungry to learn as much as I can. And it wasn’t long before I knew I didn’t want to go another winter without lessons.
So, I asked Ruth if I could go to Florida this year with her; for many reasons. I’m closer than I’ve ever been to my riding goals and I don’t want to stop now. Through a lot of hard work, planning, and organizing at the barn, it’s official – Avery and I actually get to head to Wellington soon!
Headed South with…?
One thing that’s changing this time around, however, is that Crumble will be staying home. Nothing about my goals for him has changed – I still plan to take him to the top of the sport, and my perfect golden child will always, always be the center of my life (next to his brother, Avery). This blog – and my artwork – will always revolve around my two critters. Therefore, this decision wasn’t easy, and it wasn’t one I took lightly. Someday, I hope he can come south again. But for now, Crumble will keep busy teaching lessons and enjoying the cold weather, instead of trying to beat the heat.
While I was debating whether or not to take Crumble, I was also looking at the possibility of taking the mare I’ve been riding. After mulling it over and going back and forth for weeks on end, I knew that this was an important step for me and for my career. I’ve already learned so much on her, and I don’t want to give that up. I feel…so freaking lucky. This is an opportunity I used to only be able to dream about – and I had to say yes.
Thus, before too long, I’ll officially introduce you to The Mare, but don’t worry – I’ll still keep you posted on how Crumble is doing while I’m away.
Before I go however, I’ll let you all know who the lucky winner of the Dressage Rider’s Journal is…