Hello riding superstars!!! 🙂

I am pumped this week! As I have the Victorian Dressage Championships this Thursday and Friday!!! 🙂

Tomorrow is the trot up and the 5yo class with my young stallion Zeus and his rider Loes, and Friday we have the Grand Prix and the young stallion has the Novice.

I have been playing with most parts of the Grand Prix test, after all my lessons with Rafael and the help from Kyra. The whole representation of the test is looking so much better, and I am truly excited and looking forward to see what happens in that ring.

All I know is, the success I achieve in the ring will be as a result of how successfully I remember everything I need to do. This gets me upset and frustrated with myself, as I’m not quite as good as I need to be, and I need to be better.

Not sure if you can relate… you know when you almost get it, and you can get it … sometimes… but not consistently yet… well that’s me!!! 🙂

Today I went out there and did a line of two’s… 1-2- ………….. where the f%^k was 3?!?!?!?! 3 went missing, and then 4-5. So I stop and think. Ok. What do I need to do better?

I come around again and out comes 9 perfect 2’s.

Then same with the ones I miss….. 2,4,6. STOP.

What do I need to do better?

Come around again…

15 ones.

Canter half pass – HORRIBLE.

STOP, what do I need to do better?

Canter half pass sequence – good!

So. It’s not that I can’t do it. I can!!!! I can do it brilliantly well!!!! … Sometimes!!! 🙂 It’s like I need the mistake to push me to do more, think more and be more. Because of all my new learnings, everything is being ridden differently – because of that I haven’t committed all of it to unconscious competence yet, which means it’s still me thinking of everything I have to do, which means mistakes get made.

The key is being ok with that. Being ok with not being the rider I so desperately want to be. To be ok with my learnings and my growth being slow and clumsy, and to keep pushing, keep growing and keep enjoying it.

It’s funny when people ask me if I find riding fun? Well yes and no… fun to me is going down the waterslide at wet ‘n’ wild. Riding is not like that. But I LOVE it and find the FUN in the HARD, in the CRAP, in the tears, pain and frustrations. In the growth required from me each and every day to turn up and do better and be better than I was yesterday. In the extreme love and passion I have for my horse and our relationship together. My horse is purely my mirror reflecting me, and he will excel when I do. Times like this I constantly think of Jim Rohn’s two quotes … I will leave them with you …

1. Don’t wish it were easier, wish you were better.

2. The major reason for setting a goal is for what it makes of you to accomplish it. What it makes of you will always be the far greater value than what you get.

To Your Success!

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