Anchoring the Team

I found out who my teammates are for Finals this weekend!

And um. They’re like really, REALLY good.

The way it works is that they match the top point rider with the lowest (who is qualified), second highest with second lowest, etc. Seeing as I squeaked in riiiiight over the minimum required to qualify (mama can’t afford no more shows, sorry), I’m matched with the two top point riders in my zone and one other with lower points. But the girl with lower points is actually a beast too. I may or may not have stalked all of them on Instagram and found their show results on USEF.

You guys. They are all seriously so much better than I am it isn’t even funny.

I’m not saying this in a self-deprecating “I suck!” kind of way. I mean this entirely in a “holy crap this is so awesome I get to ride with some total badasses” kind of way. They all have way more mileage in the division, some really freakin’ cool horses, and I know I’m going to learn TONS from them.

Except Frankie will be leading the class in posing for the camera. (PC: A. Frye)

Don’t get me wrong- Frankie and I are planning to show up and lay down some powerful trips. I’m not just happy to be there, I want to be there and be competitive- and we’re in a much stronger place to do that than we ever have been. Frankie is fit and spicy and raring to go (and by spicy I mean he swished his tail once over a jump this weekend WATCH OUT WILD MAN but yeah that’s sassy for him). We’re not going to be phoning this one in.

But I’m also realistic about our abilities compared to the other pairs- we’re not going to be anchoring the team with my blisteringly fast times. So I have to come up with other ways to anchor the team.

I am going to be The. Most. Enthusiastic. Teammate you have EVER heard of. I am going to cheer all our rounds like a crazy person, dress our horses up in war paint (single-handedly if I have to), bring the wine, drink the wine for our underage teammates, all of it. If everyone on my team doesn’t feel like a powerful amazing woman at all times, I am not doing my job.

If you can’t tell, I’m really really really really excited. It’s going to be AMAZING.

What I lack in skill and decorum, I make up for in enthusiasm

This week’s schedule:

Monday: Frankie gets new shoes and fresh feets. It’s his day off to play with his buddies and rest. I’ll take the time to polish my boots, pack my bags in advance, and do any final prep to my own gear.
Tuesday: we have a lesson, and this will be our final jump school before the competition.
Wednesday: I’ll flat around and probably go for a little trail ride; all tack will get a deep cleaning; Frankie gets a bath and neatened up- bridle path, mane pulled, etc.
Thursday: we trailer over at an ungodly early hour- we have to be on site 24 hours before the jog Friday morning or something like that. We’ll have a lesson on-site to get us tuned in.
Friday: jog in the morning (we’ve been practicing) and rider’s meeting to make sure we all know what’s going on. First individual qualifier round (1.10m) in the afternoon after the regular classes have gone in the GP ring.
Saturday: team day! Two identical rounds at 1.15m in the GP ring, again in the afternoon. Frankie’s previous owner and trainer are both coming to see him!!
Sunday: individual final day at 1.15m. Only the top 20 riders at this point are invited to compete in this class, and I plan to be one of them.

It’s a pretty busy week ahead so you may not hear from me on the blog, but stay tuned for updates on my Instagram (@hellomylivia) and on my Facebook page (….also Hellomylivia)- I’ll be keeping up with these throughout the competition!

I can’t wait to tell you all about how much fun Frankie and I will have anchoring our team.

13 thoughts on “Anchoring the Team

  1. Amanda C 08/21/2017 / 8:48 am

    Good Luck! I don’t feel like I need to tell you to have fun, sounds like you’ve got that covered…


  2. Abby F 08/21/2017 / 1:17 pm

    Yay! So exciting! You’re lucky they pick the teams for you, we have to draw randomly on Friday for the Jr/AO. I like the ch/ad setup better!! Regardless, I think it will be super fun!! We qualified for the 1.35 and the 1.25, but I decided to do the 1.25 since we showed in the 1.30m last week and I feel like 5 rounds at 1.30/1.35 this week is asking a lot! Plus, the lower height will take the pressure off and just be fun! Hopefully, Charlie and I will be strong teammates for our team!!! I know you and Frankie will be great! We trailer in on Wednesday since VA Beach is way too far to try to get there in time on Friday. See you soon!!!!


  3. Karley 08/21/2017 / 2:11 pm

    Eeeeeeek so exciting!!! You are going to do awesome and kick some bootie!!!

    Wish I could come cheer you on!!


  4. Stacie Seidman 08/22/2017 / 2:07 pm

    Woohooooo!!!! Good luck, have fun, and save the wine for Sunday!


  5. carey 08/22/2017 / 6:26 pm

    AGHGHGHH!!!! I’m SOOOOOO excited for you! You’re going to have a blast!! Good luck and have a good ride. I’ll be following on insta for sure, cheering you on!


  6. NDchick1 08/23/2017 / 11:40 am

    This is going to be an amazeballs event! I cannot wait to read your write up. Have fun! I’ll be cheering for you and Frankie!


  7. Boss Mare Eventing 08/23/2017 / 1:34 pm

    Best of luck to you and your team!!


  8. Rocking E Cowgirl 08/27/2017 / 6:40 pm

    Since I follow you on Insta, I know the outcome, but I still found myself biting my nails reading this! I’m so excited for you!


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