Izzy's having another day off, so I have some time to reflect.
While conversing with fellow eventing blogger Nanakorobi Yaoki the other day, she spelled out for me in one sentence what her equine competition goals were: training 3 day. I was impressed. Not just because of the goal, which is admirable, but because of her focus. She knew where she was going and her training is to that end.
I have long term goals. Really, I do. It's just that they aren't that clear and concise. Here is my current list of long term goals:
1) Ride 4th level dressage (probably schooling at home)
2) Earn USDF Bronze Medal (obv, at recognized show)
3) Complete endurance ride--probably 30 mile range. Don't need to be competitive, do want to finish.
While talking with yet another friend (Ellie from Cedes of Change), I realized how odd it was that despite my usual claim to be an eventer, I had no eventing goals. Not even any jumping goals. It's not because I'm scared--prior to my accident, I was actually feeling really confident jumping in the arena. I can sit here and visual approaching the jump I came off after on XC and not feel the tiniest nerve.
Huh. I guess this calls for revising my goals. I'm adding:
4) Be competitive at the local level in 3' jumper classes.
These are all long term goals. The dressage is maybe a decade out, since I can't have concentrated lessons. The jumping we're actually closest to. As for the endurance goal, well, I'll have to ask Dom how long that would take.
Can't you just see her as a brave endurance horse?