Last week in Wellington has been bitter sweet. I am so excited to go back to Ohio and start again with my horses and clients, and of course see my dog Lake! But also cannot believe that this program is already over! I cant keep saying this enough, that this whole season for me has been a dream, because it truly has been. With that being said I have some great news! Our last horse show at Global we were able to get one of our scores toward our gold medal with a 61.8%!!! So proud and excited that we were able to score that and brings hope that we can definitely do it again! My horse has been working really hard and he deserved that, and he is teaching me how to ride a test with no mistakes!. We don’t have a ton of wiggle room in the test just knowing how the scores will be since he doesn’t move as big as some of the others. But we can have an accurate test with no mistakes because he can do all the movements. We are also getting more comfortable in the test and becoming more seasoned at the Grand Prix! We have come such a good way this season and I have so many good ideas and things I want to keep working on to improve our scores!!
Other great news is that I passed the Instructors Certification Exam!! I couldn’t have done it without the girls that went through it with me and the great examiners! That was a great experience preparing and going through the exam. I think that it is a great way to expand your knowledge and to become a better horsewoman. Becoming a better rider/teacher/lounger is something very important to me and I always want to improve my skills. Going through this program I believe has really helped! I am so excited to get back and share my knowledge with everyone!
With all this great news happening it was a great way to be ending the season and heading back north. Unfortunately had to have my last lesson with Oded, who has been a huge asset to my training along with Lendon. I am forever grateful to them both. I am also thankful to all the riders in the WIT program, it has been a special time getting to know everyone which made it pretty difficult to say goodbye to the family we created.
So as I write this in the truck on our first day of travel back home, thank you everyone who followed my journey and to all the support along the way. It has been a great honor to have been riding for Christian this season and I plan to keep riding for him.