Perspective is important. I am guilty of being too hard on myself – I chastise myself for a clear SJ round that didn’t have perfect lead changes, a winning test that had a shoddy mark for one movement, or a clear cross-country that had some dodgy lines. Yet two years ago, I cried with joy at completing an event because that was my only goal – to complete safe and sound. Paddy being out of action has really helped me regain that perspective, and right now I am so excited at the prospect of just sitting on my wonderful pony again, that a One Day Event is certainly another bucket list item right now!
This day two years ago I completed my first One Day Event on my lovely mare Betsey! I will never forget how excited and nervous I was all at the same time, and the horrendous weather we had on the day – thunder, lightning, hailstones, the works! No bad weather was going to stop me from achieving my dream of completing a ODE, and I still remember galloping across the finish line with tears in my eyes, so proud of my super mare who always looked after me so well. I also remember swiftly dismounting and loading her into the trailer as the hailstones were so bad – we had to untack and de-stud in the trailer!
On paper we didn’t have a great day – an average dressage test, a silly pole in the SJ, and an even sillier stop on the XC because the rider activated ‘potato mode’ and forgot how to ride. Despite this I still remember it as one of the best days in my horsey lifetime – I ticked a childhood dream off my bucket list, and it’s where my passion for Eventing began.
I haven’t stopped chasing the Eventing dream since that day, and while this season may not be my season, I’m ready to put in the work so that Paddy and I will both be fighting fit for the 2018 Eventing Season.