5 Photos 1 Day Challenge

I don’t often take apart in challenges, but I was looking forward to Haynet #5photos1day hashtag challenge through Instagram last month. As I’ve wanted to share my ‘day in the life of a dressage dreamer’  for a fair while now. I’ve really wanted to share my day in videos but I’ve always been a little to chicken to do so! I’ll stick with sharing my daily life in photos for now. Sadly the day I picked to share my day wasn’t all that exciting. No horses were worked and it was raining!

My day started off with what I feel are my beautiful gumboots, you see it has been months since we have had any decent amount of rain. The paddocks were horribly brown, dry and dusty. It was such  a welcome change to put on my old pair of gumboots and walk through the muddy yards! I literally had to triple check my gumboots for any nasty hidden spiders! It has been THAT long since I’ve needed to wear them!

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As I set off with my gumboots, marching out towards the stables to feed the horses their breakfast. I couldn’t help but take a photo of Arnie, who might I add, looks very ‘special’ while munching away on his morning hay! Arnie’s stable is the closest to the feed room, so naturally he is first of the rank to have breakfast. I think he would be a little upset if he didn’t get fed first!

I believe this is honestly the first time I’ve had to pull out any woolen rugs for a long, long time! Dusting them off and checking for spiders is defiantly NOT on my favourite list of things to do ! But at least Arnie is all snug in his rugs hiding inside his stable away from the rain.

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I pass my arena on a daily basis while doing the feed rounds to all the horses. Only a few weeks ago it was incredibly dry and dusty while schooling in the arena. I couldn’t help but share a snap of the arena scattered with puddles. It was defiantly safe to say I wasn’t going to use the arena for a few days! But it was a nice welcome change.

I love taking photos on my iPhone, the 7 plus has an amazing camera, not to mention the portrait mode! It really captured a clear beautiful reflection photo of the long side down the arena.

 

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You could say I get a little bored easily, especially when I can’t work any horses due to the weather. I should probably just take it as an easy day around the place, settle in front of the telly with Netflix. But I really enjoy the outdoors and I enjoy taking photos outdoors. I couldn’t resist taking in the scenery while doing the afternoon feed up at one of the front paddocks. Seeing the transformation from dry grass into beautiful rich green grass is amazing.

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My day wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t tuck Arnie into bed. Pats, cuddle, treats and a little hay for dessert. No matter if I had a terrible day or even the best day, it always ends with saying goodnight to Arnie. He really is my once in a life time horse.

 

My Goals For The Coming Year

As I sit down thinking and writing out my goals for this coming year, I find it hard to concentrate. A typical hot Australian summer day, looking out the window of my parents’ house at the paddocks while sitting in the air conditioning, a whopping 45 degree Celsius. This horrible heat wave makes it difficult to write down any inspiration, sitting down sweating, exhausted after the morning stable chores. But, fortunately as I start to cool off in the air conditioning watching Arnie in the paddock in the distance, I begin to picture our exciting venture for 2018.

Goals for the coming year

I started thinking about the different aspects of my life and what I want to achieve. I broke it down to a few areas.

 

Training and competition:

Finishing 2017 off with a protocol test gave me the confidence to work on the areas of our tests that need improvement. I feel focused and clear cut with what I need to do to achieve our desired result. My overall aim is to qualify for the State Dressage Championships in Novice, I require scores over 65%, which I believe can be completely achievable. If I stick to my weekly and monthly schedule!

Back in November 2016 I attended the Intelligent Riding Retreat with Brett Parbery, it was an amazing experience. Not only did I meet 13 other like minded wonderful ladies, but I managed to have an idea on my own training system and my own road mapping towards my goals.

I absolutely love having dressage as my main discipline, it allows me to have achievable goals and create a road map to make that goal more visual. Which makes me think about my main training goals with Arnie over 2018, I would LOVE to have an Elementary start on him one day in the near future.

As our training progresses I have a few little goals in mind:
  • Master our counter canter, which we have complete confidence on the left rein! So, I feel this could be quite achievable if we put our mind to it.
  • Get confident moving the hind quarters, don’t be scared of some travers!
  • With our simple changes progressing nicely over time, I would just love to ‘sharpen’ them, have more jump into the canter from walk.

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Personal Development:

Around April last year I signed up to commence the EA NCAS Coaching course, I successfully completed one unit out of many in the Introduction level.

Being a little side tracked during last year with other ventures, my aim this year is to complete my intro level and commence Level 1 Dressage. Huge step forward towards what I feel is a dream journey, but I think it will be completely worth it if I concentrate and keep hustling through each bit of the course.

Something that has always been on my new years resolution list for the past 5 or so years, is to get fit! But this time I want to stick to it, not make any excuses. This is why I want to set aside time each week where I think about my own rider fitness and concentrate on exercises to help. Rather then putting my fitness in the basket labelled ‘lose weight’, because I know myself too well, I will avoid getting around to making time for it.

Professional Development:

I love to write, I love to blog, I love to share my journey. I hope to encourage a positive environment for other equestrians. This year I really want to vamp up Dressage Dreamers and really start to shape it into something special.

It’s life, a few things can get into the way forcing other priorities further down the list, but my aim is to be more organised and have Dressage Dreamers at the top and become more consistent. More writing, more sharing, I really feel in this day and age we need to have a good support system. I feel that I am extremely fortunate to have the positive family and friends encouraging me with all my ambitions.

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Let me know what YOUR goals are for 2018?! It doesn’t matter how big or small, I would love to know!

Happy Training 🙂


What is your Riding Ambition? – Equestrian Blog Hop

I’m delighted to join in and be part of this month’s Equestrian Blog Hop run by Bridle & Bone. The topic for November is, what is your riding ambition? Do you have one? As I sat down and thought about what my riding ambition is and if I have a riding ambition, I started doing a little research and reading about ambitions.

 

Ambition is defined as “a true desire to do or achieve something”. Now, after some reading I believe if you have a passion, such as riding, there is no doubt that you would have a desire to go out and be with your equine partner. You do have ambition and desire to achieve the best you can.

“Ambition and love are the wings to great deeds”- Goethe.

You could say my ambition started from an early age. Being surrounded by horses, riding and competing at shows, qualifying for royals. The desire to achieve my best in the show ring soon developed into my harness racing days. My ambition shifted to become a better driver and achieve the best for the horse. Again, my focused shifted as I made the change to get back in the saddle again after a break. This is when I found dressage, which has become my love and passion ever since. I have found a discipline that allows my riding to grow and develop into a better rider.

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The early morning alarms, saddling up while the sun is rising just so I can get a good 30-minute ride in before heading off to work. Walking through the front door after the sun has gone down after exercising horses after work. Falling asleep on the lounge after dinner while watching TV. Non-equestrians really sit there scratching their heads wondering why on earth we do it and what possibly could we gain out of it.

Love is why we do it, ambition keeps our head in the game. The ups and downs, tears and laughter, equestrians wouldn’t have it any other way. No matter what discipline we are all set out to achieve something.

 

Riding Ambition

For me where I am with my dressage journey, no matter how far down the path I go. It’s the burning desire to become a better rider that keeps me heading on my merry way. The path will never come to an end, you will never stop learning. Most importantly, you are never too good to learn.

How do I stay on the path? I have two main things that help me.

First one, I currently I have 12-month goal set out on a poster written up the very top. I have the months broken down underneath in headings, I plan out parts of the 12 months. Such as, lessons, competitions, time off, body work etc. Basically the building blocks heading towards that end goal.

Second one, surrounding myself with like minded people. Whether you surround yourself with positive like minded friends or even having your social media feed positive and inspiring. Chatting to the other dressage girls inspiring and motivating each other to keep striving to do our best each ride. Or simply following the top riders and trainers in our sport, aiming to be that person you follow religiously online.

 

It begs the question, what are your riding ambitions? What is your burning desire with your equestrian partner?