To show or not to show
I go back and forth. To show or not to show. That is the question.
Why do I show when I often will say, when asked, that I don't like showing? I love riding. I love training my horse. I love learning about horses and their care and about my current obsession, Dressage. But I still struggle with showing. I have been stuck at a particular level with my horse trying to break through some training difficulties. Mostly bits and contact and connection. So now that I felt we had made some progress I decided to sign up for the Mother's Day Show with CDCTA at The Westbrook Hunt Club. . A check in if you will, to see if we had really made any "strides" in achieving our goals. I got the horse clean and braided, the tack cleaned and oiled and my show clothes? Well I squeezed into them after what was obviously a winter of too much fun.
Now I remember why I show...... The people. The chance to show off my horse in this community of people who understand me and my obsession. These folks who are also there to show off their beloved horses. This sport where we all work so hard. We put in so much dedication and time. Need I mention the cost?? As always, I watched the weather for this show. I have been part of this particular show since 2013. It has rained the night before or the day of for all five years. I have developed a sense of humor about it at this point. It is a great way to get used to showing in all conditions. The mud and puddles and the windy cool temps. The warm up next to I-95. I get myself up early and get the trailer loaded. l am up, dressed, and ready to show this magnificent creature that I feel so privileged to ride among these people who are my friends and competitors. They have won classes and ribbons and made the best of what started out as a messy day that turned into a beautiful Mother's Day after all! How did Hampton and I do? We decided we made the progress we had hoped and are on to the next show....... with mixed feelings, of course.
Jump Jump Jump
On April 23rd, the CDCTA held a great stadium clinic with Tim Malin. Tim is a USDF medalist who trains and coaches’ successful riders in the hunter/jumper show circuit.
There was beautiful weather which made for a perfect outing before show season. It was a fun day to ride and audit as Tim tailored the sessions to each horse and rider who participated. There were many different types of horses throughout the day, keeping the experiences unique and entertaining. As a rider, it was fun to work with Tim and apply new skills to my riding. I think it was a rewarding day for most riders as something new was accomplished in every lesson.
Spring Valley Farm was a great host to our event and Sigrun did a lovely job putting it all together. CDCTA is always up to something new, and it's worth it to check in on the website to see what's going on!
By Cally Hencey
Clinic and Event Participants.