We’re coming to the end of a slow period for Max and me, and looking forward to better weather for us both, turnout for him, and lighter evenings to allow us to train more consistently.
I’m starting to make plans for our first outings over XC fences, prior to our planned affiliated competition(s) in the Summer; there’s a lot to learn, tons of training to be fitted in, and some extra financial juggling to do but I’m feeling really encouraged by the people around me: the yard staff and other liveries, friends who want to come and watch, competitors at last weekend’s BE80 at Poplar Park, and my coaches, who are all inspiring and supportive.
The Eventing world is full of superb elite athletes, and those who are ‘naturals’ or have being riding and competing for years, as well as the newbies and nervous, and there is so much positivity and encouragement out there that it makes the slow and frustrating times bearable.
In the last 9 years from first seeing riders go around Gatcombe and meeting Eventing legends I’ve loved the sport and hoped to join in, but it seemed so remote; not once has anyone said ‘this isn’t for you’ and I’m grateful for the encouragement when it’s a daunting world to join (even at the shallow end). These are dreams I thought I’d never realise and we’re not there yet, but I’m feeling hugely positive about the possibilities in front of us. Here’s to the challenge! #80by40