2017 Season Performance Review

As we wrap up our season, I want to give ourselves a little performance review similar to how I do performance reviews at work. What have we done well this year, what has room for improvement, and what are some goals moving forward?

Things we’ve improved upon:

  • Powering across jumps. Frankie used to land off of every jump in a heap and need a lot of help getting the momentum back. He’s now much stronger at pushing off, landing, and continuing without needing me to hold his hand about it.
  • Finding the right spot. While I don’t have a magic eye and still get to a sticky spot fairly often, I think I’ve gotten a lot better at adjusting our stride to get to the right spot. Along with a better ability to see the spot, Frankie’s increased fitness and education means that we have a lot more adjustability to get to the spot once we see it.
  • Our turning radius. We’ve actually made the inside turns lately, and it turns out that this works really well for us. It forces me to keep my foot on the gas, it keeps Frankie’s attention, and we don’t get rails when we do this. This has been a big area of growth over the past few months.
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Turnz moar better

Things that still need work:

  • Getting the “fire” going early on. I still sometimes need extra time to get us vibrating at the right frequency. I’ll be working on achieving that feel more quickly.
  • My leg. This will be a huge focus for me this winter- while I feel secure in the tack, I want to work really hard to build a more stable base of support over fences. This will only get more important as the jumps go up.
  • Combos. We can do combos. We regularly go through them totally fine. But we definitely need to practice doing some at height so that I don’t back myself off mentally, and so Frankie knows that he needs to really fire through them more.
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Let’s make it so we don’t feel the need to do this every single time through a combo (but let’s still do it sometimes because ADORBS)

Goals moving forward:

  • Test the waters at 1.20m. I’m not sold on doing our whole season at that height, I don’t need us to move up a division officially, but I would like to go in and get around a softer 1.20m course. I know he has the scope and his technical agility improves every dang day it seems, so I’d love for us to stretch our abilities to give it a go at least once.
  • Find a better show bit. I’m really just not psyched about the slow twist we’ve been using- Frankie is a chill dude so he’s not fussy about it, but I definitely think we can do better. I’d like to dedicate time and effort to finding an option that gives us good control while being comfortable for him.
  • Build rider fitness in conjunction with horse fitness. Frankie is in a great program right now, and we should be able to maintain it throughout the winter with a few tweaks. I tend to get a little hibernate-y during the winter, so I’ll be making a point to hit the gym more so I can keep up with the WonderPony.
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Goal #4: Increase selfie-taking by 800%

I’m sure as we move into the new season I’ll create more specific goals, but moving into the winter those are three big things I’d like to focus our energy on. I couldn’t be prouder of how much Frankie has grown and learned this season, and I’m absolutely tickled that he teaches me as he goes.

How has your 2017 show season gone? What are you looking forward to over the winter?

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14 thoughts on “2017 Season Performance Review

  1. the_everything_pony 10/26/2017 / 9:33 am

    You guys have worked so hard and look amazing! I know you two will kill it next season 😀

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    • hellomylivia 10/26/2017 / 2:00 pm

      Thanks girl! He’s the actual best, I’m so excited to keep going out there with him ❤

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  2. roamingridersite 10/26/2017 / 11:43 am

    Wonderful goals to move forward into the winter season and what a great place to be at.

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  3. Stacie Seidman 10/27/2017 / 2:32 pm

    Sounds like a solid winter plan! I really need to make more effort in the rider fitness department. My goal for next year is to get back in the show ring!

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    • hellomylivia 10/30/2017 / 1:17 pm

      Definitely hoping to see you getting back in the show ring!!!

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  4. HunkyHanoverian 10/27/2017 / 5:54 pm

    Look this post! I always feel good about reflecting on where we have come from, and where we want to go next. Sounds like (slash, I know, because I read your blog) you guys have made a ton of improvement this season. So excited to see y’all try your hand at 1.20!!!

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    • hellomylivia 10/30/2017 / 1:17 pm

      It’s def been a fantastic season, I can’t wait for whatever comes up next!

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  5. Abby F 10/27/2017 / 9:23 pm

    You guys have made SO much progress!! So exciting! My goals for the winter are to be competitive and solid in the Medium AOs (1.30m/1.35m) at WEF with Charles. I feel pretty confident at that height now, but I want to getter faster in the jump offs and just overall better and more solid. Then, fingers crossed , I want to move up to the highs for the spring/summer! Maybe not at all the shows, but definitely at some. I also want to do some welcome classes in the spring and summer. For Parker, I just want to get him going in the show ring and maybe do the 1.10m/1.15m by spring. He’s only 5, so no hurry for him!

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    • hellomylivia 10/30/2017 / 1:19 pm

      Go Charlie go! Looks like he was a total star at Tryon, I can’t wait to see how you do down in WEF. Your jump offs have been getting faster and faster!

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  6. Tracy - The Printable Pony 10/30/2017 / 3:52 pm

    You guys had such an incredible season! I can’t wait to see what all of your hard work this winter produces in the spring 😀

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  7. Liz 10/31/2017 / 2:48 pm

    I love this post. Such a great breakdown of each category. You have so much to be proud of – what a big year.

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    • hellomylivia 10/31/2017 / 3:05 pm

      Lots to work on for sure, but I always feel better getting it down in writing- it feels so much more manageable that way!

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