Our 2019 Season

You know what they say about best laid plans?

Literally the day after I told y’all that I was planning to do the jumpers at Upperville, and about a week after I told you that Upperville is my favorite event of the year, they released the prize list.

And they’ve opted to not include the Low Ch/AA Jumper division this year.


Basically what this means is that if I want to compete at Upperville, my options are to (A) compete Monday-Wednesday in the schooling open classes at 1.0m or (B) leg back up to the 1.10-1.15m to do the Highs.

As much as I’d love to say that we can leg back up, I’m not sure that’s realistic for us right now. Classes are starting next week and I’m sure that will impact my ability to ride super often, and that height is challenging enough for us that we need to be at our peak to be successful. Frankie is wonderful at picking up the slack for me when I need it, but I don’t think it’s fair to ask him to pick up quite so much slack.

The reason he made the height look so easy is because of the BOATLOADS OF TIME we spent training and conditioning. He’s pretty scopey on his own but definitely needs a partnership at that height (which I swear I can give him despite my sometimes-questionable equitation). PC- K. Borden

And competing earlier in the week is much harder for my working schedule than it is to take a long weekend. I can usually rearrange my schedule to minimize PTO hours when I take a Friday off, but there’s no such flexibility on other days. I’m intentionally hoarding vacation days for our honeymoon in August(!!), so this is a tough option.

We’re going to St. Lucia and to say I’m excited would be an understatement. PC – Sandals

So for all my love of Upperville, it’s looking like it’s not in the cards for us this year. I know they were looking for ways to streamline the schedule, but I am bummed they chose to do it by eliminating the division I was hoping to compete in.

What this means for our show schedule is that we’ll do Blue Rock at Swan Lake in May, then do Loudoun Benefit in June. Not sure if we’ll stick with the jumpers, or maybe throw a derby or some eq classes in there for funsies.

In case you all forgot how cute Frankie looks as an eq horse. PC – K. Borden


After that? It’s gonna be reeeeal quiet on the show front for us. July is hot enough that I don’t particularly like showing in VA then (and summer term means I can’t jet off to Lake Placid again sadly), I’ll be gone on our honeymoon during the bigger shows in August, and then we’re already into the fall.

Ah well. Such is life.

I’m excited for classes to start and figure out what that means for my riding schedule, my social schedule, my sleep schedule. It may mean fewer shows than I’d prefer, but I knew there would be tradeoffs when I decided to go back to school. I’ll still get to enjoy my favorite horse and I know he’ll be happy and ready for whatever adventures present when the time is right!

10 thoughts on “Our 2019 Season

  1. Emily 04/04/2019 / 7:06 am

    Oh I went to that St Lucia resort on my honeymoon last year! It is WONDERFUL. Have fun!


    • hellomylivia 04/04/2019 / 7:39 am

      Eeek I’m so excited, it looks so pretty in the pictures!! Counting down the days!

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      • Emily 04/04/2019 / 8:14 am

        It’s totally worth the hype!

        We did this speedboat tour of the island (we got our own little speedboat and our tour guides were in a separate speed boat). We got to see the whole island, visit the sulfur baths, and a waterfall. The lunch that was included was the best food we ate the whole week!

        Highly recommend.

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  2. Liz 04/04/2019 / 7:30 am

    Such a bummer about Upperville. But hopefully I can make it over for Loudoun!


  3. Stacie Seidman 04/04/2019 / 9:25 am

    Oh boo, that’s so disappointing! But you’re right, there’s other options, and not worth trying to rush through prep for the bigger jumps. There will be plenty of other horse shows.


    • hellomylivia 04/04/2019 / 9:45 am

      I keep reminding myself of that – there are plenty of shows and plenty of time, and Frankie certainly won’t be disappointed if we keep the jumps a little lower for now!


  4. Tracy 04/05/2019 / 11:49 am

    Ugh, it sucks that Upperville nixed your division 😦


    • hellomylivia 04/09/2019 / 7:06 am

      I know, I’m so bummed! Of all the years for me to move back down to the Lows, of course it has to be the year they nix it 😦


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