Big Plans, People

And I’m not talking about Culpeper Finals (which will also be big and I’m so excited for as a wrap-up to our first show season together).

We’re talking about what’s next. As in, post show season.


Nah seriously though the new season may start on December 1, but Mama’s gotta eat so no shows this winter. We are officially on show hiatus after Culpeper Finals until the spring. But that doesn’t mean we can’t plan!

I have no relevant media so enjoy these screenshots from my last lesson where Trainer had me jump without stirrups. And Frankie said MAHM TINY STEPS ARE HARD Y U DO DIS DO NOT WANT

Starting in October I’ll be taking private lessons. I learn SO SO SO much from my group lessons and getting to watch other talented riders is great, but Trainer and I think that 1-on-1 attention for a full hour is going to be some next level stuff. I’ll likely be adding another (group) lesson to the rotation also, so I’ll have two lessons a week- one group and one private.

The reasoning for this is that I’m not showing for several months, and then plan to step in the ring at a new height in the spring. With my budget I don’t have the luxury of several “get  back into it” shows, so we gotta be ready for our division when we arrive on the showgrounds in the spring. I’m gonna be working my tail off to make sure we not only don’t backtrack over the winter, but that we progress and the move-up is a no-brainer.

LOL so glad my muscles survived the two week break and I was able to not look like Quasimodo PSYCH THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT DIDN’T HAPPEN

We’re also gonna start talking maintenance with the vet come spring. Frankie is a superbly healthy horse with very low miles, and I want to KEEP HIM HEALTHY. Now that he’s living the horse-show lifestyle with much more regular jumping, I don’t want to wait to address any problems that may arise. We’re gonna be proactive about his joint health- luckily I have a FANTASTIC vet who loves to talk shop and is big on the proactive vs. reactive side of veterinary care. He actually keeps his horse at my barn so I can bug him with questions all winter.

And then looking ahead to the actual show season. Do you remember back in May when I set some goals? And my pie-in-the-sky goal was to qualify for Zone 3 USHJA Adult Amateur Jumper Championships at some point eventually? Well yeah. We’re gonna go for it. Trainer and I are sitting down in the next few weeks to plan out my show schedule to maximize chances of qualifying. It may happen, it may not, but Frankie and I are gonna work our butts off to make it there. We had a kid do the Children’s Jumper version of it this year and she said it was SUPER fun (and that the ammy teams all brought wine, so I’m sold).

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OK we do have cute moments though. Also note to Francis- THIS IS WHY WE DO TEENY STEPS. YOU JUMP LESS LIKE A DRUNK ALPACA WHEN WE DO TEENY STEPS.

So there you have it! It feels like we’re transitioning from “riders who compete” to “Competitors” with a capital C. Francis and I are having a blast!

PS- THE STUPID LIVERPOOL WASN’T IN THE RING FOR MY LESSON. Ugh. I swear I’m gonna make sure they drag it back in there soon so I can jump it. It needs to happen. I have grabby hands. I want.

PPS- Trainer said that she could really use 5 of Franklin. Cue the warm fuzzy proud Mama moment. He’s such a wonderful unicorn, I still can’t believe I have my dream horse.

27 thoughts on “Big Plans, People

  1. Jenn 09/15/2016 / 8:40 am



      • hellomylivia 09/15/2016 / 12:45 pm

        Yes I’m hoping to head north a couple times this fall!! I’ll definitely keep you posted 😉


  2. SprinklerBandits 09/15/2016 / 10:24 am

    I love private lessons! Glad you have a plan to achieve those goals. 🙂


    • hellomylivia 09/15/2016 / 12:11 pm

      I’m super pumped for some individual attention! It’s been a long time since I’ve had a full hour to myself.


  3. shelbyrallen 09/15/2016 / 12:18 pm

    And y’all will kick butt at Culpepper and back in the ring next spring!


  4. heartofhope10 09/15/2016 / 1:44 pm

    Why have monies when you can be showing pretty ponies instead? Easy choice.


  5. Stacie Seidman 09/15/2016 / 3:57 pm

    He’s EVERYBODY’s dream horse. I’m totes jelly since my dream horse is retired 😉
    I can’t believe trainer took your stirrups away so soon after vacay! Torture! You look great though. Sounds like you have a really solid plan for the future! I’m excited to follow along!


    • hellomylivia 09/16/2016 / 9:20 am

      I’m pretty biased but I think he’s basically the ultimate pony 😉
      Trainer is so tough!!! I love it, I haven’t been sore like this in ages. Can’t wait to dig in and share our adventures 🙂


  6. CallyJumps 09/15/2016 / 6:26 pm

    OMG, so glad I’m not the only person who’s already making plans for next year. Yours sound AWESOME. Like, equal in awesomeness to Frankie, which is a pretty high bar. Jumpers is kind of addictingly fun. Fortunatley, this is an area where you kind of can show on a bit more of a budget, because there’s so much, so close.


    • hellomylivia 09/16/2016 / 9:21 am

      Yassss planning gives order to this chaotic world haha. I mega-love this area for exactly that reason- there are so many shows so close at every level, from locals to AA. VA for the win ❤

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  7. Micaylah 09/16/2016 / 10:53 am

    This is so awesome!! My winter goals are to start showing in May, so I need to kick my butt in gear as well!


  8. Liz Stout 09/17/2016 / 7:15 am

    Hurrah for doing all the things and staying within range of the budget! Very exciting future you’ve got planned


    • hellomylivia 09/19/2016 / 9:34 am

      “Within budget” is a strong phrase…haha but I’m trying! I’m just so excited to try new things with the FrankenBean


  9. carey 09/20/2016 / 5:23 pm

    I’m about a week behind, but EXCITING things! I’m so looking forward to following your show season next year. Going for the big goals. I dig it. Woot.


    • hellomylivia 09/21/2016 / 7:29 am

      I figure we either try and succeed, or we try and we learn. Either way, it should be an awesome season!

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