Tonight was the 2017 Arkansas Hunter Jumper Association (AHJA) Year-End Awards Banquet. Although our show year ends in early November, the club takes the rest of the year off so as not to conflict with any holidays, and then has the banquet the following January.
Because I’m the club secretary, I coordinate with the show secretary a lot, and the two of us work together to keep track of members and points throughout the year. It works out pretty well, especially because Paige is the show secretary, and also basically my best horsey friend.
After winning four championships and one reserve out of five shows for the year, it was pretty easy to figure out where I was in the standings for my division with common sense alone. So it wasn’t any surprise to me that I’d be winning certain awards.
Happy New Year! It’s 2018 and that means it’s time to look ahead to the next twelve months, right? Actually I haven’t always been a “New Year’s Resolutions” kind of person. I think in the past I’ve been more of an “in-the-moment” type person, and although I love planning ahead, I haven’t been as structured as I could be when it comes to making resolutions and setting goals. That said, I did still accomplish a lot of “goals” last year as they came up. 🙂
This year though, I want to be more structured about a lot of things in my life, and setting riding goals is one aspect I’d like to focus on. My personal theme or motto for 2018 is “be the person you want to be”. That’s really broad and vague, but to me, it still means a lot. If I want to be a person who sets goals, then I need to put in the work and sit down and set those goals, and then put in more work to accomplish them.
2017 is coming to a close, and while I’ve been really excited to look forward to 2018, first I think it’s important to look back and acknowledge my accomplishments this year.
2017 started out with me being in a pretty low place. Sure, I had accomplished a lot in 2016, especially when it came to my confidence in the saddle, and I’d had a stellar show year. But I’d also taken a lot of hits that year when it came to my personal life. Still fresh was the loss of William, the horse I had been leasing-to-own until his unexpected passing. I didn’t know how or when my trainer and I would start horse shopping again, and with that up in the air, I wasn’t even sure if I’d have a 2017 show season or not.
But, I had my first ride on Prada in January at my trainer’s suggestion. She wasn’t really what I thought I was looking for, but I figured since she was already at my barn, trying her out would at least give me something to do until Misty and I could plan a trip to look at horses. Instead, I fell in love with her, and bought her in mid-February.
The second AHJA show of the year was scheduled for May 20th at Harmony In Hooves. There are usually two shows at Harmony In Hooves, which is a local therapeutic riding center: one in the spring, which is a regular AHJA show; and one in the fall, which is a benefit show for the organization but still counts as part of the AHJA show calendar and contributes points to year-end totals. I went into preparing for this show feeling more confident about our chances after winning champion at the first show of the year.