This one’s for those of you who are told that you may not be able to make it on your horse. My horse has never been the most expensive one in the barn, doesn’t have perfect conformation, and isn’t the most expressive unless I make the effort to manufacture his gaits. I got him when he was 5 and I was 12; some people told me that we were an impossible match and that I’d never get anywhere on such a psychologically unsound young horse. In the past year or so, though, we’ve accomplished being 2011 Region 3 4th Level JR/YR Champions and Prix St Georges Reserve Champions, qualified for and competed at NAJYRC, and are now the 2012 Region 3 Intermediare 1 JR/YR Champions. We’re moving on now to the I-2 this season and hope to start doing Brentina Cup by fall. It has never been an easy road with him, but this just proves that with a lot of hard work and a willing horse, you can make anything happen. Never give up!
Any and all critiques are welcome; I’m always willing to try to improve! Also, Heather, I took your advice and I’ve been working on those pirouettes. My scores for them came up 1-2 points each time this time around!