So now would be the perfect time to go to a horse show. I haven't been to one since July, so... 6 months. I think it's time for another! I love horse shows because it gets us out and about, I get to show off our skills and get compared by a professional to other horses, so we learn what we need to work on. Not to mention that I'm also a sucker for ribbons ;) But... there are no shows.
|Can never have too many of these :)|
I was toying with the idea of going to an all-around english schooling show this past weekend which would have been a ton of fun - english pleasure, hunter hack and dressage suitability classes - but it was more expensive than I would've liked to pay, I didn't have a whole lot of time this week to wash Jetta, clean tack and get the trailer ready due to two midterms (yuck). Plus that'd mean I would have to get someone to cover my shift at work which, 1) always ends badly and 2) I need the hours! So no show for me.
I was excited to see that there's another one of the same shows in February - perfect! Except... I have a dressage team clinic that day. Phooey. It would probably be possible to do both, but that wouldn't be fair to Jetta.
The other options include a dressage schooling show February 25th-26th. I told myself I didn't want to do any schooling shows, only league shows so that way I can qualify for awards and not go to a bazillion schooling shows instead. But... if I want to show soon, this is it. There's two league shows in March which look promising.
Then comes another problem - hunter/jumper show or recognized dressage show? Every single year I plan on going to a recognized show just for the experience and the higher level of competition but without fail I never get to go. This year there's a recognized show earlier in the year (since I won't make it to the summer one, again). But the same weekend is a large (and only local) hunter/jumper show that I was originally planning on going to. Hmm... decisions, decisions.
The one thing I am planning on is the Inavale HT - June 22nd to 24th! I'm definitely not missing this one. I've planned my whole summer around it already, lol.
Other than that, I'm waiting for some local jumping/eventing schooling shows to come up on the calendar. I'm so ridiculously impatient. It's a month into 2012 and they still don't have their calendars for the year up! *Scoffs*