As I said in my post last week my goal is to actually get out this season without breaking the bank, and so I’ve gotten myself a little more prepared than I was last year.. mainly with regards to having road-safe transport and by planning ahead.
Financially, I just can’t justify competing every weekend and so I’ve tried to limit outings to a maximum of three times a month, and having one of those three outings be free. I’ve also tried to stick entirely to Pony Club events – ESNZ (Equestrian Sports New Zealand) horse trials usually cost more with registrations, admin fees, yarding fees, overnight stays etc and so maybe we’ll get to horse trials next year…. for now I’m more than happy with one day events, hectic though they can be.
January is extremely busy with summer school commitments; we’re going away for a fortnight to the southern alps and so riding will be sporadic at best. We’re actually well overdue for a magnitude 8+ earthquake on the alpine fault which runs through the alps, and so wish me luck and a safe trip ha! As such, we’ll be starting the season super late, in mid February with a couple of training days.
11/02 – Nervous Nellie day @ Taranaki (xc practise)
19/02 – XC practise @ Battle Hill Pony Club
26/02 – SJ @ Manfield EC; 70cm and 80cm
11/03 – Swimming @ Lake Taupo
19/03 – Waitara PC ODE; CNC 80
20/03 – Swimming @ Lake Mangamahoe
26/03 – Battle Hill PC ODE; CNC 80
09/04 – Beach Day @ Foxton
25/04 – Clinic (TBC)
30/04 – Central Districts ODE; CNC 80
07/05 – Unreg. Dressage @ Tielcey Park; Level One
14/05 – Horowhenua Dressage; Level One
As you can see, all low level stuff to get back into the swing of things. It’s been some time and we didn’t even complete our last CNC 80 ODE so it makes no sense to be planning to move up this season. Progress is either excruciatingly slow, or set back by lameness or school commitments- but that’s fine. Competing at grassroots you’re only really competing against yourself, and a season with full attendance at shows alone will be better than last year. So excited! Fingers crossed it all goes to plan, and these shaky isles stop shaking til way after tourist (and field trip!) season has finished!