I’ve got a bad case of the want-to’s. I pretty much always have a bad case of the want-to’s, but now that my show season is over my schedule just seems so… open. After a year like this one, where it’s felt like I’ve been gone more often than I’ve been home, it’s strange and oddly deflating to have nothing to do. I feel a little aimless, especially with the rain wreaking havoc on my ability to actually ride my horse on a regular basis. It was nice to have a break for a couple weeks, but then I got that old familiar itch. I’m not the only one that gets the itch, right?
I keep seeing things pop up here and there for a jumper show, a dressage show, a combined test, a schooling HT, a clinic, open schooling days, etc. Every single thing that pops up elicits a “Ooooh I wanna do that!” response from me. Doesn’t really matter what it is, I just want to do it. Henry is probably really glad I don’t have a truck yet or who knows where he’d be right now.
I pretty much resisted everything (or just plain couldn’t make it work) until the Hawley Bennett clinic popped up. I’m already signed up for a Buck Davidson clinic in December, which I’m super ridiculously excited about. I usually don’t do clinics though… hard to justify the money when you’re perpetually on a tight budget.
However, I think that some of my “show” budget should really be allocated towards the “education” budget if I have any semi-realistic notions of moving up in the near future, so I’m gonna skip the little schooling shows I had planned for the next two months and opt for this instead. And in my defense, the Hawley clinic is super reasonably priced – too reasonable to pass up, really.
And with that, it appears that the off season has now become clinic season. Somebody bring Jimmy Wofford somewhere close-by and let’s make it a trifecta.