The Fun Decisions

I don’t know if any of you caught it (why would you?), but for a hot second my sidebar for upcoming shows said:

“Lake Placid June/July 2018 OR Tryon June/July 2018”

I’ll explain.

In the email I received about the Gold Star clinic, they said that they hoped to see me next year at Team Finals, which would be held for my area from July 4-8 at Tryon.

See, my barn has already started making plans to be in Lake Placid at that time. So of course I immediately emailed my trainer to ask what I should do because she runs my life, and she gave me the most ANNOYING ANSWER EVER: “What are your goals for the year? We can make either work depending on what you’d like to do.”


So suddenly, I had to make the choice between two incredibly amazing opportunities. A no-lose scenario. Either way, I’d be competing at a gorgeous venue and having a fantastic time. These are the fun decisions!

Considerations about Tryon: I would still be on the radar for USHJA programs and get the chance to try again to make it into a Gold Star clinic. Since Trainer and AT wouldn’t be able to join, they’d send me down with another trainer from the area that I HIGHLY respect, and there’s definite benefit to getting fresh eyes. I’ve heard Tryon is a gorgeous venue.


Considerations about Lake Placid: it’s high profile enough that I won’t be fading into obscurity there, especially if we manage to place well. I would have my own trainers to work with and my show family to have fun with. It’s been described as a total paradise, the barn doesn’t go every year, and my family is tentatively willing to come up for a week’s vacation since there’s so much to do in the area besides just show.


While a tough decision (because both sound so fun and I like to do All The Fun Things), I’ve decided to commit to Lake Placid! At the end of the day I compete because I have a blast doing it, and the idea of doing two weeks of vacation/showing with my barn family sounds like the most fun I could possibly have. Trainer has offered to take us down to Tryon another time since that’s more easily accessible, but I may not get another chance to go north for several years.

Another consideration is that I may simply not get enough points to qualify for Team Finals. Trainer and I have decided that while I’ll spend part of my time in the division where I’ll likely get some points, I’m also going to be dabbling in the 1.20m. I’ll be moving between two divisions enough that it would be difficult to get a lot of points in either. I’m a member of WIHS and NAL so if I get points for that I wouldn’t be mad, but I’m not going to chase those. This will be a very busy competition year of challenging ourselves and progressing- not necessarily qualifying for any big finals. I’m hopeful that this year of some big shows and big tracks will be the set up I need for 2019 to be absolutely killer.

I’m officially no longer sick and SO FREAKIN’ EXCITED about our upcoming show season!!! I’m pinching myself a little that I get to do so many cool things with the best horse on the planet. Can’t wait to take y’all along for the ride!

Lemme know if you’ll be at any of the shows in my sidebar! Frankie and I would LOVE to meet you in person!

27 thoughts on “The Fun Decisions

  1. Liz 12/07/2017 / 9:41 am

    July heat in NC or July “heat” in Lake Placid…no brainer for me haha. But srsly, those photos above are freaking amazing. You’re so right about the photo ops you’ll have! Your barn family sounds so fun, too, so you’re bound to have an incredible time up there.


    • hellomylivia 12/07/2017 / 9:46 am

      Haha that may have been a consideration too- I know it’ll still be humid during the day, but at least we’ll have cool evenings up north! Love love love my barn friends, it’ll be a blast!!


  2. the_everything_pony 12/07/2017 / 10:24 am

    Wow how amazing!! That really must’ve been a tough decision. I know I would’ve been looking around like “I can’t decide! Someone decide for me!” lol But I think Lake Placid is a great decision! I think the opportunity to go north when you might not be able to for a while is a good one. Tryon is new and will still be around, and since it’s more easily accessible, I’d choose north as well :). Sounds sooooo exciting though! I’m super excited for you and Frankie 😀


    • hellomylivia 12/07/2017 / 10:30 am

      It’s gonna be such a blast! I think it was definitely a win-win decision either way, but I’m so psyched to head north with the beast!!


  3. Alex 12/07/2017 / 10:30 am

    Definitely a good amount of reasoning going on there in your decision. It will be really cool to watch you guys go up a level. And those photo ops. That mountain! XD


  4. APitts 12/07/2017 / 10:35 am

    What a choice! But growing up just outside of the Adirondacks and having been to Placid many times I think you made a great choice! 🙂 It’s not too much farther north from my inlaws camp where we spend the 4th, maybe I can convince hubby to make the trip. Feel free to email me if you’d like any suggestions on touristy things to do or even restaurants. 🙂


    • hellomylivia 12/07/2017 / 10:52 am

      Oooh I’ll definitely be reaching out for suggestions! Especially the week my family is there, I’m hoping we’ll be able to go do some fun stuff in the area! (Also tell your hubby that you must come, Frankie will be very sad if you don’t)


  5. Amanda C 12/07/2017 / 10:48 am

    I’d have picked Lake Placid too. Because photos are life.


  6. roamingridersite 12/07/2017 / 12:23 pm

    Shows are way more fun with people around you, so I would have picked Lake placid as well. Plus, yeah…photo ops!


    • hellomylivia 12/07/2017 / 2:28 pm

      I have such an awesome show crew, it would be a shame to miss out on the wine 😉


  7. Bette 12/07/2017 / 12:43 pm

    So tricky!!! But I think you made the right decision for this year 🙂 but please come down to Tryon at some point bc we have a lot of fun things to do here!!! Your family and Manfriend won’t be bored bc there is PLENTY to do within an hours drive of TIEC!! Asheville has been named the best beer city in the USA!

    Oh another good reason to skip Tryon this year/ construction! Who knows how much they’ll actually finish this winter before show season starts? So they’ll be having to do a lot to get ready for WEG in September … so come after WEG when there will be less construction going on 🙂


    • hellomylivia 12/07/2017 / 2:27 pm

      Ooh I hadn’t even thought of the construction! It looks like we may try to come down in the fall (post WEG)!!


      • Bette 12/07/2017 / 3:18 pm

        Yay!!! I will definitely try to come and meet you and the wonder pony if you make it down this fall!!!


      • hellomylivia 12/07/2017 / 4:39 pm

        Oh my gosh yes!!! We love making new friends!!!


  8. Olivia @ DIY Horse Ownership 12/07/2017 / 2:50 pm

    Lake Placid is my favorite show to spectate. I love the ski jumps in the background for a photo op. The whole area is so pretty too. I used to work near there and took my kids to see the show every year.


    • hellomylivia 12/07/2017 / 4:38 pm

      I’ve never been up there- I went to school upstate but never quite that far “up.” Can’t wait to see!


  9. Stacie Seidman 12/07/2017 / 3:24 pm

    Lake Placid is beautiful and you will have SO MUCH FUN! I think that’s a good call, but definitely a tough decision. #firstworldproblems 😉


    • hellomylivia 12/07/2017 / 4:39 pm

      Haha legit the best possibly kind of decision to make. Gonna be so much fun!


  10. Tracy 12/12/2017 / 9:26 pm

    Ah, how exciting!! And I can’t wait to see you at WEC in February!


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