First off, check out my new favorite shirt!
I got it from the Eventing Connect shop and it’s super comfy. Heads up if you order from them (because they don’t accept returns) I got the relaxed fit, unisex style because form fitting usually means it’ll be too short for my long torso (I’m 5’10”), I got a large, but it’s so big, even after washing it, that I wish I’d sized down to a medium. I’ve washed it a bunch (because I won’t stop wearing it) and it’s held up great. They’ve got some other hilarious designs as well, but this was rather fitting for me.
In other news…winter sucks.
Thanks to a new threat of snow, my CT this past weekend was cancelled AGAIN. I was really looking forward to it, so that was a bummer. Then to rub it in further, Trainer B had to reschedule his trip for this coming weekend, thanks to uncooperative weather in FL.
It was probably all for the best anyway- P has for real had 3 rides since Christmas Eve. I attempted to ride when I got back from vacation, but the arena was FROZEN under the top couple of inches of footing and he quickly made it clear that he wasn’t a fan. So all week we’ve just stayed in our respective abodes. It’s finally going to be back up to reasonable winter temps this week, so the vacation is over.
And we’ve got a busy weekend ahead of us. Trainer J is coming to the barn Friday for lessons, then Trainer B will be in Saturday and Sunday. I had originally planned on going to a jumper show on Saturday, but when I asked Husband for his opinion, with zero hesitation he said, “Go see B twice while he’s in town.” Gee, Husband. Need a minute to think there?
So as much as I was looking forward to collecting all the blue ribbons (hahahaha), lessons do tend to produce media gold:
Ok, so maybe training > blue ribbons. Sigh.
In the meantime, I’m putting together a fairly full competition calendar to keep myself motivated. There are 38 horse trials (mix of unrec and rec) within 4 hours of me from now until the end of April so the hardest part is choosing. I’m trying to squeeze in some schooling dressage shows with Trainer J (I just can’t justify USDF show costs for JUST dressage), but every weekend there’s one she’s going to I have conflicts for.
One of my favorite venues, Windridge, which usually just hosts a couple of HTs each year, just announced a schooling HT/CT series for the spring, so that has me super excited. They’re following what Carolina Horse Park does, where you can school Saturday and then show Sunday, but the costs are MUCH more reasonable. CHP charges $125 for the schooling day and Windridge is going to charge $60. Stalling at CHP is $75/weekend (which is already awesome), but Windridge will be $45. Even their entry fees are less: $100 for the HT vs CHP’s $145. That’s a total savings of $140! And they’re going to add in a grsshopper level at 18″, so I’m hoping I can persuade some friends to join.
As long as the rain holds off, riding should be a go today. 2 days in a row…hopefully P doesn’t expire out of excitement.