Horses, horses, horses…….is that all that is on your mind?! For this equestrian it is and it is more than a hobby or passion, it’s a lifestyle. What does it mean for someone like me to be an equestrian in a judgmental world?
It means being strong and showing that I can do something that makes me different from the rest. It also means discovering who I am and what brings out the best in me. I have learned about the many different characteristics I posses such as patience, frustration, excitement and disappointment.
All of these work together in being a growing equestrian because you feel them all whether you want to or not. Sometimes they are all felt together while other times you may experience one or the other. No matter what I am feeling on any given day I try to go out of my way to make any experience a positive one even when it isn’t easy. This is a journey that I have decided to take on myself. One that I can look back on with no regrets.
The journey into the sport of equestrianism has had its highs and lows for me due to not coming from a horse related background. Growing up I knew I was different because of being the horse kid that not everyone quite understood. Going through school at times was tough because all I dreamed about was horses and most of the time people weren’t always the nicest about it.
Moving onto college I learned that I should finally stop caring about what other people thought and just move on with my life and how I wanted to live it, which is exactly what I’m doing today. I am leasing the best horse I could ever ask for and feel proud when I am out there accomplishing things while others are still trying to discover what it is they want in life. I feel like I am one of the lucky few who have a chance to accomplish many things and who will always learn the unlearned and grow with it. This leads now into the question…what am I looking to accomplish in the next 5 years?
Looking deeply into this sport and analyzing what can be accomplished from it has helped me decide where I want to go, which is to the Kentucky Rolex 3 Day Event!! I don’t just mean being a spectator either. I want to be the one that people look back on and say “Hey remember that girl? She was the horse crazy kid that grew with her passion.”
One thing I’ve learned is to NEVER give up on something you are trying to achieve just because people might think it’s to far fetched or only the best of the best can do it. There are way too many other things to worry about, like how does my horse feel today or what kind of things can I learn from my next lesson, other than peoples opinions and how they might direct them. Always remember to stay positive and do what you love. Knowing that I want to make it to the Rolex makes me think about one of the things I love most…..my horse Spartan. He is a horse that I am growing with and one that I hope to one day accomplish my goal with.
Think about the future has me wondering at this very moment what will it take for me and Spartan to accomplish our goal. What will we need to do to be up there with the best of the best? I’m not 100% sure I know the answer to these questions and will only find the answers as I seek the questions. There is a lot of training ahead and plans to make for when the future goals start becoming a reality but for now I think I will just sit back, relax and enjoy the journey. No one says you have to jump right in and think you have to have it all at once. Knowing this I will always try to be the best I can be when training and learning to be the ideal partner for my horse.