Tuesday, January 28, 2014
I have my reasons (III)
I had a whole post typed out on this one. I was explaining about competing one level Under what you are training on at home. A lot of competitors do this. Looking at it, it sounds like a bunch of whining. I don't often whine so I figured I would spare you all of that. Put on my big girl pants, suck it up and move on sunshine. I have plenty of good, hard, solid, steadfast reasons for not entering the CDE this year. I was telling a friend of mine about half of this and they said, "You've already talked me out of it..." So at this point, what more is there to really say?
I was looking forward to it, but the money spent on this one event will just go for other things. I am planning on hitting the ADT's this year and since I won't be competing at the CDE, I can still volunteer and help out. I can still be involved and pitch in. Support the club, lend a hand and cheer everyone else on. No harm in that.
If anyone is interested in volunteering at the event- let me know and I will put you in touch with the right people. I did it before several years ago and I was and still am, impressed. Things are organized, run smoothly, they treat you very well and appreciate your time. I still have the t-shirt from that event and remember it well. Now that I have competed at the event and been involved with the club, been to the organizing meetings and seen everything that goes on months prior, leading up to the day of... Holy cow! There is a lot that goes into it. I'm still looking forward to the CDE this year, I will still be there, it's just that my pony won't.
That all being said, I drove him this weekend and it has been one of our best drives in a long time. He was soft, responsive and just as awesome as his little bad self could get. He didn't give me much resistance and when he did, he quickly changed his tune back to the best pony ever. I'm still not sure I have the dressage test memorized yet. I have looked at it a few times and got out and walked it once... We have worked on a few of the different aspects of it, but not repetitively or even in the same order. He shouldn't be anticipating anything or bored with any of it either. Come 'Game Day' though, who knows what will happen in the ring.