WEC Take 2

A week or two ago I mentioned that I asked my trainer for a quote to attend WEC again in February.

And if you all know me at all, you know that my willpower hovers between “non-existent” and “will disappear with any passing breeze.” So clearly once I ask for a quote it’s all over from there.

Honestly a solid 85% of my decisions are based on FOMO with this crew

But I knew that I definitely didn’t want to compete for two weeks again. Last year it became way more of an endurance test than actual fun, and I’m all about having fun in 2019. But for Frankie to go, he needed to be there the full two weeks my barn is attending- they’re not able to trailer back and forth due to the distance.

So with all that in mind, I came up with a couple different scenarios:

Scenario 1: bring Frankie, and commute out for both weekends. It’s a long drive but not a terribly difficult one, and it would be possible for me to drive out Wednesday night, school Thursday, compete Fri-Sun, then drive home. Then I wouldn’t be staying full time and I’d get to have my own horse, but it meant paying for a full two weeks for Frankie, and extra gas/hotel costs for me.

This face represents how I feel about driving to Ohio voluntarily twice in a row (no offense to my Ohio peeps but I have an irrational antipathy to your state)

Scenario 2: lease a horse there. Then I could just go for one week no problem, not have to trailer out a horse, and could spend the shipping money on a lease fee instead. The obvious risk here is that I’d end up with a horse that I didn’t really like, but I’m fairly easy to get along with and my trainer has a proven record of finding me great horses quickly.

Must be a horse that I can teach the course to by showing him the course diagram as such

Scenario 3: See if we can find a leaser for Francis for the second week. In-barn, so that he could stay under my trainer’s watchful care. This would mean I could have my own horse, only have to pay for one week of care, and have a lease fee to help cover some of those costs. This would rely on Trainer having a client who was A) looking for a lease and B) comfortable and able to ride the Frankenbean.

He literally did the pleasure classes 2 weeks after Lake Placid, he’s not exactly difficult to figure out

I eliminated Scenario 1 pretty much off the bat. It was by far the most expensive option, and I hate being in the car any longer than I have to. I also don’t know that I’d want to compete for two weekends in a row- I’m a tired whiny baby and need my recovery time.

So knowing that I only wanted 1 week, my decision hinged on finding a leaser for Frankie. But we really did’t have the biggest pool of people going to Ohio, and while Frankie is a good boy, he also takes a rider who is willing to kick. When we weren’t able to find a solid in-house lease option for him, we decided to leave him at home for a brief vacation and find me a lease horse!

It’s a good thing he gets a vacation because he gets SO INCREDIBLY STRESSED at shows. Clearly.

While of course I always want Frankie there, I’m super excited about this- I’ll get to test my skills on a new mount and try some classes I might not otherwise try, and it takes all pressure off my performance. Seriously if anything is less than perfect you know I’ll be using the excuse “oh this is only my 3rd ride on him.” I am not above that, I am petty and obnoxious.

The specifics of what classes I’ll be signing up for remain to be seen, but my hotel is booked for WEC 9 and I’ll be comin’ in hot. If you’re even remotely in the area, let me know! Mystery Horse and I would love to hang ❤

11 thoughts on “WEC Take 2

  1. Stacie Seidman 01/21/2019 / 2:14 pm

    This actually sounds super fun. I mean, way better if you were showing Frankie OF COURSE! but it will be fun to do something different, and it’s like a horsecation! Can’t wait to read ALL about it! Hope you get a great pony for the week!


    • hellomylivia 01/22/2019 / 8:06 am

      It’s going to be such a fun horsecation!!! I’m so excited to try a new steed!


  2. carey 01/21/2019 / 3:29 pm

    Well that sounds like fun!


  3. tntibbetts 01/21/2019 / 3:36 pm

    My brother lives like 8 minutes from Ohio WEC and I thought showing there would be unattainable until this post! I totally want to show a leased horse there now! Will your trainer take me as her step student?! Kind of kidding………..


    • hellomylivia 01/22/2019 / 8:15 am

      You should totally come!! The leasing process there is a little more work up front than it is at places like Ocala, but it’s def doable if you have a trainer to help find something.


  4. Tracy 01/22/2019 / 12:08 pm

    Squeee — so fun!! Hopefully I’ll be able to come down and hang out again!


  5. Liz 01/23/2019 / 7:46 am

    Oohh! Super exciting! Can’t wait to hear about the horse you get paired with.


    • hellomylivia 01/23/2019 / 8:31 am

      Me too!!! My trainer always finds amazing horses, I can’t wait to see what I get.


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