Tag Archive for goals

Schooling jumper debut

For our first show of the season, we returned to Pine Hill for the first time in two years. After debating for the past month or two between doing the schooling jumpers (3′) or the junior/adult jumpers (3’3″), we decided to play it safe and do the schooling jumpers. Special thanks to the bf for videoing my rounds and to… Read more →

2015 Goal Recap

How did Sabra and I do in accomplishing our 2015 goals? After competing only five out of 12 weekends, Sabra and I finished fourth out of 26 horses that competed for points (other riders and horses showed, but didn’t register their points) in the GHHJA Year-End Standings for the Itty Bitty Jumper Division. I think we could’ve finished higher if… Read more →

Accomplishing personal goals

The nice thing about in-barn schooling shows are that they’re zero pressure and give me a chance to work on myself and my goals for Sabra and myself. Our current goal is to start preparing for next show season: moving up to the 2’9″ – 3′ schooling jumpers at the GHHJA shows. What better way to practice than to do… Read more →

Small horse, big hops

In lessons and on my own, we jump anywhere from 2’3″ to 3’3″. We’ve become extremely consistent on the flat; Sabra is quiet, soft and relaxed. She stays that way when we warm up over singles, as long as I ask her to down transition as soon as we land. When we start jumping lines or courses, Sabra “wakes up” —… Read more →

Ups and downs

The saddle fitter came out a month ago, and made a HUGE difference. She basically re-flocked my saddle from scratch because the balance was totally off. The way the previous fitters were adjusting it, she said, were never going to be a permanent fix. She was by far the most knowledgeable fitter, and evaluated my goals and Sabra’s build. She… Read more →

Executing the plan

I hadn’t shown since early May, so we were super excited to get back to the jumper ring. Plus, the prize money for the Timed First Jump-Off had been upped, so as long as we placed first, second or third, we earned our money back plus extra. Sweet! GHHJA | 2’6″ Itty Bitty Jumpers | GSWEC Goals: Execute the plan — turns… Read more →

Goals, priorities and you know, adulting

For me, setting riding goals is easy; there’s a logical progression I have in my mind that makes sense. We started in the hunters so we could brush the rust off and get comfortable showing. Then we moved onto the jumpers, and I secretly/not-so-secretly want to place champion or reserve in the year-end standings of my division (2’6″ Itty Bitty… Read more →

Horse show recap + Sabra’s birthday

Before I recap this past weekend’s horse show, I have to wish Sabra a happy 8th birthday! Though Thoroughbreds all turn a year older on January 1 for racing purposes, today’s her actual birthday. 🙂 Anyway, the weather was perfect for horse showing, and we’ve been making good progress in our lessons lately, so it was shaping up to be… Read more →

Rockin’ the jumper ring

It was a cold, wet and dreary weekend, but we still had a blast at the second show of the season. I bathed and scrubbed Sabra clean after my lesson Wednesday, and then crossed my fingers that she stayed clean through the weekend. When I got there Friday night, she was still super white, yay! The show as huge — my… Read more →

Commitment issues

We headed back to Great Southwest Equestrian Center for the first show of the season, New Show/New Beginnings. It was cold, and I was excited that I got to use Sabra’s Christmas present, her navy fleece cooler. 🙂 GHHJA | 2’6″ Itty Bitty Jumpers | GSWEC Goals: Make tight turns and be competitive! Well, the show overall did not go… Read more →