Monday, May 4, 2015

CAN'T. JUST CAN'T.

sort of like dressage, right?
DEEP BREATH DO NOT FREAK OUT MORE

It was a busy weekend here--I volunteered at the local (super fun) H/J show all day Friday and Saturday.

That sort of thing always inspires me to jump more, which is definitely something we're working towards.

But um.

Hello.

I AM RIDING WITH HE-WHO-SHALL-NOT-BE-NAMED THIS AFTERNOON.
him
it's cool. maybe he thinks fat legs are attractive?
ME. IN A CLINIC. WITH DRESSAGE.

I spent the past week reading through his book and trying to absorb enough of it to be cogent. I've been working on some of the stuff that makes sense to me (ie, look where you're going). I spent Sunday auditing a good chunk of the clinic so I at least have an idea of what to do/wear/say.

AND I RIDE WITH HIM IN A FEW HOURS.

Courage, on the other hand, has spent the last five days actively trying to kill/maim himself. And he doesn't even know who we're riding with. It's not helping my stress level, that's for sure. 

If you need me, I'm over here breathing into a paper bag.

21 comments:

  1. GET AHOLD OF YOURSELF, WOMAN! It's a clinic. You go there to learn things, i.e. if you already know all the things then you have no use for clinics. Everyone else is going there to learn, just like you. You will be fine. C-rage will be fine. IT WILL ALL BE OK.

    But maybe bring a few paper bags with you just in case.

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  2. I suggest a super-gulp sized margarita beforehand. Liquid Courage, and all... ;)

    Seriously, you'll do fine. Just go with an open mind and be willing to learn, and you'll have a great time!

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  3. hahaha you got this!
    I'm excited to hear how it goes.

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  4. You got this :) Most clinicians start throwing so much info at you all at once that the rest of the world dissapears and the only thing on your mind is what they are telling you. Just have fun :) As cliché as this sounds, if you're intimidated by AK when you ride into the arena, just picture him in his underwear.
    I wouldn't normally say that works, but for some reason the thought of HIM in his underwear makes me chuckle :)

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  5. Have FUN! (a margarita never hurts through ;)

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  6. Rock on girlfriend!! You're gonna have fun and learn so much!!

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  7. You're going to be fine. Have fun learning!

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  8. you're gonna totally rock it!!! can't wait to hear what awesome little nuggets you bring home :)

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  9. It will be amazing! Can not wait to read the follow up post!

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  10. Learn all the things and most importantly be present in the moment! It's a once in a lifetime opportunity, enjoy!

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  11. Is that Arthur Kottas? I remember seeing him ride when the SRS came to the US the very first time...think it was the 1960's. Then, of course on their later tours. Always admired him even before he became the chief rider. What a great opportunity. Do hope you enjoyed every moment. And that you remembered to breathe!!

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  13. Is that Arthur Kottas? I've always admired him. I saw him ride with the SRS when they first toured the US back in the 1960's. He was just one of the riders then. Then of course, in the later tours when he rose in rank to chief rider. Lucky you.

    I do hope you enjoyed your ride, learned a ton and remembered to breathe. Can't wait to hear all about it.

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  14. Do what the foxhunters do - take a few shots of liquid courage to warm your belly and loosen your brain up!

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  15. Just got have fun! You will be fine. :)

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