Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Game plan: Getting Ri out more

Relieved to be done!
One thing I learned at this last show is that Riley is not as seasoned as I thought he was -- he seemed to be a little unsettled/distracted Sunday during the warmup, and it has been awhile since he has been to a show away from home. Ri needs to get off the property!

We need to do a couple more shows, maybe do a clinic. I mentioned this to the LVDA President Tuesday, and she (strongly) suggested I consider joining the LVDA Adult Team and competing at the NJ Horse Park in Sept -- as it happens, there is an empty slot in the training level team, and with my scores at the last two shows I only need one more show to qualify. Joining the team will:
  • get Riley to one schooling show and one "big" show this year
  • let me work with two coaches I admire
  • give me a little extra moral support
  • experience something new -- team competitions!
Our adult team is incredibly successful at marketing and fundraising -- take a look at their Web page to see how much support they garner each year, in terms of dollars and in-kind sponsorship. The adult team coordinators are amazing -- actually the whole team is!


  1. I was part of an IDA dressage team in college and it was one of the best experiences of my life. Being part of a group of people with similar interests and goals really is a great thing.

  2. Joining a team would be so much fun and very motivating. I love" field trips" and take my boys as many places as possible. We trailer out quite frequently for lessons, trail rides, or just maintenance vet visits. They more frequently they travel, the more ho-hum it all is. The only difficulty is finding a legitimate reason to go. It's not as much fun to drive around around in circles!

  3. very cool! I can't wait to hear about your experiences with them!

  4. Good ideas all. The more your horse gets out and about, the better.

    Just checked the date for the Team Competition. I should be out and about myself after knee replacements by then.

    Here's hoping I can get myself to the Horse Park to see you and Riley! That would be so cool! Make sure you keep us updated.

  5. Wow- that team sounds really neat - what a great opportunity for you and Riley!

  6. What a great opportunity! I wish we had something like that around here - moral support and a joint goal is always a great motivator!

  7. This sounds very cool! A win-win all around. Can't wait to hear about it.


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