Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Reflections on 2009 and Goals for 2010

I've been reading the Chronicle Forums a lot over the past few days, enjoying people's accounts of 2009 and their hopes and wishes for 2010. Even though part of me really dislikes the offseason because it's just so darn fun being in the thick of things when the season is on, in other ways this time of year is the most exciting of all. The whole year is open, little squares of the calendar are just itching to get filled, and I can start making lists and dreaming big. Why not? =)

First off, here are a review of my goals that I laid out at the beginning of 2009:

- clear show jumping round at Intermediate
- consistent clears with few time penalties on cross-country at Intermediate
- ribbon at an FEI event!

well... none of those things happened! Intermediate show jumping remained, alas, poor Dually's and my nemesis, and I have been frustrated to learn that since moving on to Ringo I still cling onto many of the bad nerves and habits I picked up from those bad rounds. It's something that I believe I can overcome (show jumping was once my favorite phase of eventing!), but it will definitely be a constant part of 2010. Dually and I also only made it around one Intermediate xc this year, though what a blast we did have at that one! It was a true testament to this horse's remarkable heart and genuineness and I can't be more thankful for having such a saint take me around my first two intermediates these past two years. And for the last goal... it's hard to ribbon at an event you don't enter! With the horse shuffle that took place in the summer, I never did end up getting out to an FEI event in 2009.

On paper, it would look like it was a pretty unfulfilling year. On the contrary, however, I really was tickled with how the year went, and came away from it all profoundly in awe of the love that the universe has sent my way. My career with Dually didn't have a fairytale ending per se, but I couldn't have been more pleased with how he felt and how he tried for me all year. This is a horse that truly owes me nothing, and I owe him everything; I feel lucky every time I get to be around him.

I am continually astounded by the great fortune by which Ringo has come into my life. He is so fabulous and I feel so unworthy. He is generous, talented, knowledgeable, quirky, and strange . . . just my kind of guy. I'm really excited for what the next year holds.

And of course there is Kiki. I still don't know Kiki well yet, but I can say with confidence that I'm already her biggest fan. I'm really delighted at the opportunity to get to know her better in the coming year.

SO--

goals. Here are mine for 2010:

- go Intermediate on Ringo
- jump an Intermediate show jumping round without crashing/melting down/wanting to die
-preferably, jump at least one clear round
- figure out the bitting issue on xc and in the show jumping
- FODS at an event
- Get to a spring FEI event
- jump clear at said event
- ride a relaxed, accurate, expressive Intermediate test
- score in the 20s for HT, 50s FEI
- finish on a score under 50 at Intermediate
- go to Young Riders

- get to know Kiki
- compete Kiki
- jump around a Novice clear by the end of the summer

- everyone stays healthy and sound!
- figure out what I want to do with the next few years of my life... ugh.

It's going to be a busy year!

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