Just for fun I thought I'd reflect on my top 10 dressage related activities or events of 2010. It will help me feel like I'm getting somewhere! Here they are, in no particular order of preference:
- I came back from a three month riding lay off (one month bruised hoof for Rogo, immediately followed by two months nerve injury/thing in base of neck for me) - it was like starting from scratch for him and I was shaky weak just mounting.
- I had my first canter on Rogo on the eve of 2010, so I'm including it in the list. It was a high, and then a somewhat nerve wracking winter as I confirmed it with him - I'd never asked a green four year old to canter on a fairly loose rein, sometimes with encouragement from Cheryl with the longe whip :)
- I got Rogo professionally fitted for and bought a nice saddle. It's a WOW and he really seems to like it. We did the same with Savanah only she got an Albion which was perfect for her. We kept buying not quite the right thing, so we decided to takes savings and get the saddles they needed and then - no more saddles - this is it! I also had a double bridle custom made for Rogo, and I can use it as a single for now. This is his lifetime tack.
- I took Rogo to his first show. I was a nervous wreck as I had no idea how he'd act. I actually felt nauseous whenever I thought about it, even the winter before, but I knew if it worked out okay and he liked it, that it would be so much fun later. He was upset for about 5 minutes, then almost too relaxed! (I'm not complaining!)
- I watched Doug take Savanah to his first ever show. They did so well and moved from 6th to 1st place over the weekend. I found out it's really fun to be the groom and have no pressure.
- I became co-chair of our Province's dressage club and met the most wonderful, amazing woman who's the other co-chair. I can't say enough good about her - she's fun, strong, super intelligent, devoted to and knowledgeable about horses, has values you could stake your life on and on top of all that is really, really nice.
- I was competition manager for two dressage shows. One was canceled because of a hurricane at the 11th hour and the other went off without a hitch.
- I took Rogo on his first hack. We went by ourselves on the beach and he loved it and although he was quite looky and a little excited about it (why not - he'd never seen these things before), he was also very well behaved.
- I started blogging as a way to keep a training journal and I discovered it has so many benefits. I love getting feedback and ideas from other people and I often incorporate them or at least take comfort that I'm not alone - others have been here before! I feel like I've 'met' so many great horse people this way.
- I met some wonderful dressage people here in our Province. The woman who started Nova Scotia Dressage (a website for dressage people in our Province), other riders at the shows, the women on our dressage association Board, ...
and a bonus item!
- Rogo's Christmas present to me - the collected canter circle that he just offered up on Christmas Eve as I prepared for the end of our ride. I cried. It was a high.