Goals Conquered, New Horizons Ahead

The best old man. 
I hope you all enjoyed my 10-year review! Now it's time to take a closer look at 2019, and start planning ahead for the rest of 2020: the things I aimed for, what we achieved, and the goals set before us in the new year.

So, what did I hope to accomplish in 2019, how did I do? Let's have a look...

  • Keep Dino fit, sound, happy, and healthy. As always, this is my #1 priority for the old man. CHECK! The old man is lookin' FINE as we head into what will be his 22nd year!
  • Show at 1st Level at least 3 times. SUPER CHECK! We showed five times at First Level this past year, including qualifying for and competing in the Championship show for our local GMO, and ending the season with a big 3rd place ribbon! 
  • Continue to finesse bareback and bridleless work. Nailed it! I rode tackless a lot over the winter, and added cantering, trot-halt, and rein-back to our repertoire. It still continues to be one of Dino's and my favorite things to do.
  • Trail ride and hunter pace as much as we can. While I didn't get out quite as much as I would have liked, we DID trail ride with friends a few times and competed in two hunter paces this year. I'd call that a win! 
  • Incorporate jumping or poles into our rides on a weekly basis. This was the only thing I feel like I really didn't do. While I did jump Dino occasionally, it definitely was not on a weekly basis! Perhaps in 2020 I'll do a bit better with this one. 
  • Continue taking lessons and attending educational events and clinics as I can afford the time and money. CHECK! We took a few lessons with our regular trainer this year and started riding with Ashley monthly in August. 
  • Go on some "no pressure" cross country schooling outings. We did this twice in 2019, and both times were SO MUCH FUN. 
2020 Goals: Eat more treats. 

2020 is a new year, and while some of the goalposts have moved, a lot of my goals for us this year remain the same: 
  • Keep Dino fit, sound, happy, and healthy. No need to explain, Dino's health and happiness is my top priority. 
  • Show 2-1 once without completely embarrassing ourselves. Scoring 60% would be the highlight of my life. As stated in a previous post, 2020 is the year I'm shooting for 2nd Level. It still seems mostly insane, and a lot of days I don't feel like I'm sitting on a 2nd Level horse yet, but when your pony is coming 22 and still kicking, you've got a great trainer in your corner and nothing to lose, you just GO FOR IT! 
  • Continue lessons with Ashley as often as possible. She has transformed Dino and I beyond belief in just a few months, and I'm eager to keep learning and growing under her instruction. 
  • Do more things that Dino thinks are fun, making time at least once a week for a "fun day." It's easy for me to fall into the routine of working hard at dressage every day - I love the work, I love the quest for perfection, and I could easily over-do it to Dino's detriment. In 2020, I want to make lots of time for trail riding, jumping, and tackless riding! 

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Goals Conquered, New Horizons Ahead