It's the stereotypical early-January blog post! Making goals for the new year. I have a short checklist of equestrian items that I'd like to accomplish this year, and will follow it up with some steps I'll have to take to get there. Here we go!
1) Build on last year's successes and continue hosting shows
This is probably the easiest since we did most of the hardest work last year getting things in place and understanding how to make things run well at the farm on show/schooling days. Now it's just fine-tuning and making things even better, and hopefully, getting more riders to come more regularly. Part of this is why I built the website and revamped the Facebook page. The next step is getting me some more education on things like course design and building. We did pretty well just going on prior experience and using good resources like books and fellow riders' feedback, but I've caught a bit of a bug about this stuff so I want to learn more.
2) Engage more with the Southern Maine riding community
This should probably be my number 1 goal. I want RABT to bring more opportunities for competition and education to our local area, because I know that there is an incredibly rich equestrian community. I'm furiously marking my calendar as local organizations post their 2017 schedules and reaching out to local trainers, barns and clubs to see how RABT (and me as an individual) can make 2017 awesome for Southern Maine riders. Do you want to host a clinic here? Is there something missing on our cross-country course? Desperate for more jumper nights, dressage shows, hunter paces? Email me!!
3) Go hunting as much as possible!
I had probably too much fun the times that I was lucky enough to get to ride with Wentworth last fall, and I'm super-psyched to dive into full-on membership this coming year. Hopefully I keep things a little more under control this time...
4) Volunteer for Area 1
I didn't get to show enough love for Area 1 in 2016 for a variety of reasons, so this year I'm renewing my USEA membership and joining ARP (I think for the first time?!) and signing up at eventingvolunteers.com. Hopefully I don't have a 2 year old in tow when I show up to jump judge!
5) Ride more