Last month we began a four-part series on positive thinking, but since this month begins the New Year, I thought it would be a great idea to put that on hold for a bit so that we can discuss a great way to get the most out of the new year . . . and your entire riding career!
The amount of success and enjoyment you experience in 2018 will be influenced by many factors, but perhaps most importantly, it will be influenced by your ability to set and achieve meaningful goals. If your goals don’t motivate you or if they’re beyond your ability to achieve (i.e. perfection), the chances of feeling doubt, disappointment, and defeat in 2018 will increase while your success and enjoyment decrease.
You’re familiar with short and long-term goals, and while these goals are important, the most important goal for creating lifelong success is actually something called a legacy goal. A legacy goal is basically the culmination of all the most important and meaningful things you'd love to accomplish in your riding life and how you plan on achieving them. For example, if your friends and family got together to celebrate your life as an equestrian, what would you want them to say? Would you want them to say that you worked tirelessly to mentor young riders, dedicated yourself to the betterment of horses, and never gave up when things got tough? If so, set these as your legacy goal and then go out and make them happen.
Here are a couple examples of legacy goals:
This year, create your very own legacy goal and live each and every day as if building that legacy, knowing that doubt, disappointment, and defeat won’t define you in 2018 because legacy goals aren't diminished by the number of times you win or lose, how often you forget your test, or how many rails you pull. In fact, it's how you handle challenges like these that will ultimately define the legacy you leave in 2018.
Think about it for a while and when you have your legacy goal print it in a big, bold font and frame it and hang it somewhere you'll see it every day. Commit it to memory and then remind yourself that your riding success and enjoyment won't be measured at one show or on one afternoon, it will only be created after a lifetime of living each and every day as if building your legacy for tomorrow.
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In a recent public statement made by the La Mondial du Lion Organizing Committee, they confirmed their intent to host the FEI Eventing World Breeding Championships for Young Horses this year on October 15-18, 2020 in Le Lion d ’Angers, France. With events starting back up and the Championships set on the calendar, the race to Le Lion is still on!
The 2020 show season has looked a bit different than any of us anticipated, and for many people season-planning was placed on hold. In an episode that was recorded before the COVID-19 pandemic, Nicole Brown and Diarm Byrne welcome international five-star eventer Will Coleman and British high performance veterinarian Spike "The Vet" Milligan to the show to discuss some of the considerations for planning your season from each of their unique perspectives.
Any riding exercise is about the art of the possible. This is especially true with jumping exercises, when a step too far will compromise safety. Exercises and a method should be developed progressively that build confidence and competence for both horse and rider, and in particular also allows room for error.
In the show jumping phase, where a ribbon can be won or lost based on a fraction of a second, it is important to understand the rules that determine how time is kept. After reviewing the rules concerning time and other show jumping penalties, one should also examine the rules that outline the faults incurred for each of the different types of penalties.