Next Season

“Olivia, it’s only August!” “Olivia, live in the moment!”


I am seriously so freakin’ excited for next season already, I just have to share some of the plans.

First of all, we will be kicking off next season with a bang in Ohio. I snuck this into my sidebar, but Frankie and I will be heading over to WEC in February! We had a barn powwow about whether or not we wanted to do Ocala this year vs WEC, and the unanimous consensus was to head west instead of south. It’s closer to home- less stress on the horses, easier to get there, CHEAPER to get there. It’s overall cheaper- in like, every way. There’s a great variety of classes. Because it’s so much more accessible in terms of location and price, we should have a bigger group able to go. We’ve all heard only stellar reviews from people who have competed there. AND IT’S CHEAPER. Did I say that yet? All y’all that live within driving distance of Ohio will have to come visit us!

Our other big exciting plan for the year is two weeks up in Lake Placid next June/July! We’ll be doing the I Love New York/Lake Placid shows. Our barn went a few years ago for one week and loved it, so this year we’re heading back for both weeks. It’ll be a nice escape from the Virginia heat and we’ll get to see some really world class riders go. I’m hoping some of my family will take the excuse for a vacation and get a lake house up there- it would be the perfect mix of competing and vacation! I’ve never been but I’m already so excited.

This will definitely require some creative scheduling- I do not, in fact, have unlimited vacation time. My boss has given the thumbs up for me to work remotely when I’m in Ohio at least part time, and as long as that works decently she’s OK with me doing that next summer as well. It’ll also require careful budgeting, so I’m already in savings mode to prepare. Sometimes I think about all the vacations I could take and shoes I could buy if I didn’t like horse shows so darn much…

We’ll fit in some closer-to-home shows next summer as well- I’m hoping we can do either Upperville or Loudoun Benefit again, do some Lexington shows, head to Prince George’s, etc. We haven’t decided whether we’re going to try for Regional Finals again, since we’re going to play next year by ear as to which division we’re competing in. This year was a very definite “move up” year and I expect 2018 to be more of a transition. We may move up and down depending on how we feel. Heck, I may even finally make it into an equitation class like I’ve been talking about for years. Trainer tactfully changes the subject every time I bring up doing a hunter derby so that might be a hard pass (Why doesn’t she doesn’t think my paddle-moving-llama-pony can win in the hunters???! I don’t get it?1?!). I still plan on us working hard to get after it, but I’m less married to my division for next year.

Frankie and I can’t wait! Well. I can’t wait. Frankie is just happy to be here.

15 thoughts on “Next Season

  1. sarahczspots 08/08/2017 / 8:05 am

    Sounds exciting! If you make it down to Lexington, let me know! That’s only a couple hours from here. 🙂


    • hellomylivia 08/08/2017 / 8:24 am

      Definitely! My barn will actually be there this weekend, wish I was there with them!


      • sarahczspots 08/08/2017 / 8:31 am

        I think I’ll be there the first weekend of September with Joey in tow! Fingers crossed!

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  2. Stacie Seidman 08/08/2017 / 3:15 pm

    Oooo! I’m so excited to hear about Ohio. I was just talking about it with my trainer. She has a farm in Wellington, so she’ll never go, but I was saying I definitely want to at least see it sometime, even if I don’t have a horse there. So give a good tour please!
    Make sure you send entries in EARLY for Lake Placid. It sells out quick. You’re going to have such a fun season next year! Can’t wait to read along 🙂


    • hellomylivia 08/08/2017 / 3:31 pm

      I promise to take a thousand pics in Ohio!! We’re already nailing down plans for Lake Placid, so we should be ready to leap on the entries as soon as they’re posted. I know it’s almost a full year away, but I’m already super psyched!


  3. Olivia @ DIY Horse Ownership 08/08/2017 / 4:44 pm

    The lake placid shows are amazing. I used to teach at summer camp near there and take the kids to go watch the show. The ski jumps in the background are the ultimate picture!


    • hellomylivia 08/08/2017 / 6:57 pm

      Ahh I love those pics!! I need to start training Francis how to pose for the camera without looking like a moose so we can get some good ones 😉


  4. Tracy - Fly On Over 08/08/2017 / 6:46 pm

    I live about an hour from WEC! You’ll have to remind me when it gets closer so I can come watch you!!!


  5. Kelsey 08/09/2017 / 8:13 pm

    I’m so heartbroken you’re not coming to Ocala 😥 But WEC sounds awesome! Ohio… Not exactly a place I think of horses but hey, it works! I’m excited to hear all about it!


    • hellomylivia 08/10/2017 / 8:44 am

      Maybe someday I’ll be unexpectedly rich and I can come to WEF and see you there 😉

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      • Kelsey 08/14/2017 / 1:17 pm

        I mean, I surely wouldn’t complain. 😀

        Liked by 1 person

  6. carey 08/22/2017 / 6:20 pm

    I can’t wait either! SO excited for your plans!
    And what about West Coast shows?? TOTALLY worth the extra expense, I’m sure. All that sunshine?!


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