|Cathy and Valie are dressed for success in the Hunter ring!|
"....sorry, unable to give photo credit because I can't read the artist's name, ugh, that's fine print for ya!"
I often burden myself with the task of trying to do too much. In other words, my goals, plans, aspirations, hopes, etc., would be impossible to reach even if I were "Wonder Woman" so; this time, I must approach achievement in a very different manner! The first step is to make certain that I only
focus on one project at a time. In other words, whatever it is I am planning to do, decide on a goal and reach for it, make a change and actually get it done, whatever, whatever, whatever, I will be wearing blinders and seeing only one task with only one outcome and only then will I go on to the next! The is the very first baby step of not doing anything to sabotage or overwhelm myself - yeah me!
So, in the interest of keeping with the premise of my blog, I will begin this new year by focusing on getting Valie and I to our first show, any show at all, in the Spring or the Summer! So, where do I begin? I shall begin with getting him groomed to perfection every time I am at the barn. In the past, I typically used the cold, unfriendly Winter months as an excuse to ease up on the kind of grooming that gets him show-sheen clean! But, even though it's a ground task, not mounted work, it's just as important to begin the process of getting his coat ready to transition from Winter to Spring. I shall pay close attention to his mane and his abundant, beautiful tail and with patient love, I will help him obtain a gleaming lustre so rich that come Spring and then throughout the Summer, his "blood" bay coat will cause people to stand up and take notice!
After I fall into the routine of being in consistent grooming mode, I will get back to being consistent with lessons for me and training rides for Valie and........will do that with my talented and ever patient Instructor, Caitlin O'Neil. She better be up for the task (lest she pass out when I begin with such a fervor) because I am diving headlong into doing whatever is necessary to help Valie and I continue to develop as a team of two! So, while my hands, my back, my seat, my legs, etc. are being scrutinized and worked during lessons and schooling days on our own, my focus will become second nature! And when I finally begin to feel that cadence, the feeling between him and I that whispers, "we are in synch with one another", I will then be able to get into the "fun stuff"! What is the "fun stuff" you ask? Well, that's getting down to the business of re-vamping and adding to my show wardrobe! And that my friends will consist of assessing what I already have and deciding what I will need and then....the shopping! Oh boy, what fun I'll have while the wallet opens and closes. My plan is to do as much comparative browsing in online and in-person tack shops before buying and........I will blog about my "finds" as they happen!
"....and lastly, tonight, I will fall asleep with "visions of Tailored Sportsmen Breeches" dancing in my wee little head or better yet, maybe I should dream about wearing the "riding habit" that's pictured above! Ahhhh, what would George Morris say!"