Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2k14: A Review

It's about that time of year when we start to turn over a new leaf but only after looking back over things one more time.

It was a big year. I did a lot, and I came a long way, and I learned a heck of a lot of things. The medal was probably the big ticket item. Some part of me wishes that I hadn't done it because the finals were terrible, but you can't change the past, and I'm excited to do it again next year.

I'm also glad that I was able to have lessons with Miss El, and I'm super glad that I have the new boarder to help me further that knowledge.

Ah, yes, stretchy stretchy
Not to mention, joining IEA is undoubtedly one of the best decisions that I have ever made. There has been such a huge change in my riding. It's unbelievable.

Now for the real review, the goals/bucketlist checkoff:

✔Achieve acceptable flat and over fences equitation
Yes, this was actually achieved, but only after slumping through the summer.

✔Get champion in one division
That reserve champion in Low Hunter counts

✔Jump a little bit higher (like, 3", that's all I ask)
Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes.

Get Baby more responsive to seat and leg
She's got the seat thing. We're still working on the leg thing.

✔Ride Molly confidently
I'm not terrified to trot her anymore, and I can actually stay on when I canter her. That's a big step forward.

Break the fashion meter
Eh, I was fairly conservative this year. I'm an eq rider. It's hard to be fun.

No falls (oh, this will be a challenge)
Ahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha, no.

✔Be more effective as a rider
I actually have a core now, and I can hold my two-point for more than half a lap.

Try free jumping
I'm going to do this eventually.

✔Do a medal class
Oh yes we did.

Conquer my fear . . . er, aversion to oxers
I still give them strange looks.

Kick booty
I kicked my own ass into gear. That counts for something.

What does next year have in store? Well, I have an ambassador application that is currently being considered, the second giveaway is happening in a month or two, I'm managing a show, I'm moving up in equitation, and I'm on a steady track to IEA regionals. Also, there will be blog hops. They are already drafted. Thanks for dealing with me for the past year. Here's to taking 2015 head on!


  1. congrats on checking so much off your list - sounds like 2014 was a banner year! glad you love IEA so much -- i wish i had known about it when i was in high school!!!

    1. I seriously wish that we had a team near me earlier. Now we have two more barns in the area with teams!


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