Looking back on my 2014 goals, here's what I had:
- Be lighter and more obedient to the aids in dressage. - YEP! We will always have lots of work in this area, but compared to where we were at the beginning of the year, we have come MILES.
- Work on first and second level trot work. - YEP! First level trot lengthenings are in the making, and we're also working on collection, which we'll need for second level. Of course, trotting in a relaxed manner, over his back, with consistent contact and bend is uhhh... a work in progress. But we are starting to have a lot of the pieces!
- Solidify canter leads until there's no doubt he'll get what I ask for. - YEP! His leads are great and we're getting 7/8 on our canter departs. Woot!
- Work on balance and collection in canter. A 10 meter canter circle by December would be a nice Christmas gift. :) - EH. We CAN do a 10 meter canter circle when he's very balanced, but he's definitely not confirmed in this movement. Plus we can't canter in a straight line and be balanced, but that's not on the list. ;)
- Have a great working partnership built on trust and good basics. - YES!!! And this is the best part of Paddy!
- Put in a first-level dressage test, either at home or at a show, and do a good job of it. - YES! I'm not sure if I'd call it a "good job" but I'm pretty happy with both of the first level tests we did. Lots of improvement needed, but it's a start!
We also qualified for our local GMO's championships (sadly cancelled) at Training, and apparently we are getting a year-end award. That wasn't on the list, but WOOT!
The bestest, squeeziest Haffie EVAR!
We had some goals around jumping, none of which we accomplished. After adisappointing schooling HT in February, I reconsidered whether or not I wanted to get back into eventing seriously. I haven't jumped Paddy since that show, and oddly, I haven't wanted to. Not even tempted to pop over an X in the arena. It's weird, but I'm rolling with it.
I also had some Haflinger registry goals, which I failed miserably at because I didn't keep track of my rides and didn't send in my scores. Lazy = Fail. As for my crazy-ass dreams, I didn't do a recognized show in 2014 but am planning on one mid-January, and I didn't do a freestyle at a show but I did do one at home. Alas, now I don't like the music so I don't think I'll ever perform it, but we'll see.
Now, looking ahead for this year:
- Be lighter and more obedient to the aids in dressage. Because really, can you ever have enough of this?
- Be more consistent on first and second level trot work.
- Canter, canter, canter. Strength, balance, and we need to find some lengthenings and collection in there, along with counter-canter, simple changes, and walk-canter-walk transitions.
- Laterals - we have the start, we need to solidify leg yield, shoulder in, and haunches in.
- Continue to have fun with Paddy and work on our partnership. I love him more every time I ride him, so really, this is the most important goal!
- Show at USDF recognized shows, at levels we will be competitive. Right now this means Training, I'm hoping later in the year we'll be able to go First.
- Improve our scores at First level.
- Get off my lazy ass and send in our scores to the Haffie Registry. Seriously. Just dooo eeet!
- Qualify for the Region 9 year end championships, and go if we qualify.
- Get scores at Training/First toward a USDF rider award.
- Get scores at First toward a USDF Bronze Medal.
- Ride 2-1, either at home or at a show.
And I would totally get started on all this today, except that it's 34 degrees and raining here, and our arena has standing water in it. What a great way to start the new year!