So new goals are in order. Sigh. I hemmed and hawed over what to do for a week. It pained me to do it, but I have to because I am lost without them.
|Making my goals smarter.|
2017 Main Goals
- At least one score at first level (recognized) over 70% - Because if we're going to repeat, let's do it in style.
- Second Level Rider Award - I need one more score.
- Bronze Medal - I need two Third Level scores.
- Region 2 Championships at First Level - Go there and compete, and do it well (top 5 or 67%+)
2017 Stretch Goals
- Earn one Dover Medal - Because medals are cool.
- US Dressage Finals at First Level - Because he's leaps ahead of where he was last year.
I already emailed the schooling show series I entered back in December and had them change my entry from 2-3 and 3-1 to 1-3 and 2-3 for the two remaining shows. I will continue to practice 2-3 at schooling shows because 1) I have no desire to ride any other first or second level tests since I do not plan on riding them ever, 2) it's a schooling show and not recorded anywhere except here, and 3) it'll give me an indicator on how his second level engagement at canter is progressing according to someone other than GP Trainer.
I will have to repeat any 2nd and 3rd work we end up doing during next year's show season because Penn will not be ready for anything more by the end of next year, so all of the 2nd/3rd level goals will be for next year as we get very solid at those levels and work on being able to mix the two easily.
GP Trainer seemed to think he'd be leaps and bounds ahead in six months, so August/Sept/Oct we'll find somewhere to make a 3rd level recognized debut. By then he should be a ton stronger and we'll hopefully have sorted out his flying changes. I still plan on doing 2nd around June, because I think by then we'll be 60% ish. Maybe we'll be able to push other stuff forward in time, but for now I have other stuff to work on. Like qualifying all over again at first level and positively rocking its socks off. I thought about doing a first level freestyle, but I don't have time for that (or access to a standard size dressage ring to properly ride/get musical timing/practice it).
I watched our trot-work video the other day, and then our championship test rolled directly afterwards. He's so much better now than he was then (and I'm so much better too), and we managed a 66% for 9th place. I would hope a year later and ready (or almost ready) for 3rd would mean we'd be able to completely rock first level and do extremely well in the championship test and hopefully earn a ticket to finals.
I still believe we will hit 2nd and 3rd this year, just not in time to get 3-3 qualified for September championships, and I won't have time to get comfortable enough with the test enough for that anyway.
|Still has some meat to it, hopefully more appropriate.|
NODA in July is more of a "do you want to go somewhere" and then "who knows what we'll be ready for" type thing.
I also made another very difficult decision. I am going to stop lessoning with Trainer. I would love the eyes checking our work at home, but I can't afford to lesson with Trainer and GP Trainer, especially since I'm going to make a huge effort to see GP Trainer once a month. I am hoping Trainer understands; we've been together for almost 10 years. She is an event rider, and an excellent trainer, but Penn and I are knocking on 3rd level, which is as high as she rides for Advanced, and I want to go well past 3rd. Just a bunch of hard decisions coming around these days.
Sorry if this recalibration feels like a disappointment. In reality tho Penn is killing it and taking this extra time to really shore up all things first while continuing to build strength for second third and beyond can only make for a stronger horse. Good luck! And esp good luck with talking to your trainer. I'm sure she will understand but it's definitely never easy!ReplyDelete
He will be a much better horse for getting these "little" things down now. I'll have a much stronger base to build on!Delete
Readjusting goals is always hard to do, but you guys are doing fantastic. It is also a tough decision not to ride with Trainer anymore. But I'm sure she will understand. You and Penn will rock first level this year.ReplyDelete
I'm really hoping she understands... but it's not like I'm leaving her for someone just past her knowledge, or even someone local. I'm mostly just sad to have to repeat first level, but even when I did my original goals, I was like, "you could repeat first and own it" but decided I wanted to struggle with 2nd/3rd and own those next year. So this is an upgraded plan?Delete
It's always so tough leaving a trainer that you have a relationship with. Especially such a long term one but I'm sure that ultimately she'll be excited for you :)ReplyDelete
I hope you're right!Delete
I have "re-calibrated" so many times! It can feel so frustrating and disappointing. Sometimes you just have to wait for the horse's body to catch up with their brain, or vice versa. You guys will kick butt either way!ReplyDelete
Yes, we did a little body catching up last year, but this is body catching up on a whole new level. It's like when we started with training level tests and I was worried about getting him to keep his canter through the whole T-3 test! Funny how we're back to that square again, just on a new level. I have a feeling we will make several more trips back to it before the journey is done!Delete
Still sounds like an exciting year to me! Looking forward to following along. :-)ReplyDelete
It should still be very exciting!Delete
You guys are going to murder it. He's such a confidence-requiring horse, you're definitely on to something waiting until he's more confirmed rather than pushing. With a horses like Pig or Mikey, they were much less worried about "failing" than Penn is. It's easier to take that sort of horse above their confirmed level and still leave with them feeling confident. Penn isn't like that, and you're a smart cookie to give him the extra time to build strength feel like the BA he is.ReplyDelete
I never really thought about it like that- Penn is absolutely more worried about failing than Mikey or Pig. He's much more wobbly than they are too, and I always forget that because his work is much more confirmed than Mikey's was at this stage, so I assume it's also better all around. What Mikey lacked in being confirmed, he made up for in steadiness and "let's go do this" attitude. I have to keep that in mind for Penn since he lacks the life experience that Mikey and Pig have.Delete
Difficult decision but seriously exciting goals IMO. You've laid out a good game plan that should help you see the progression you need to see to get where you want to be.ReplyDelete