I’ve had this wild thought in the back of my head for several years now of trying eventing.
It’s insane. I’m petrified of jumping.
It took me 2 years to get comfortable with ground poles. I spent the first 3 months of of trotting over one ground pole with my eyes clamped shut every time we got close to it and praying until we were over it. I still can’t canter over one.
I’m a chicken. 🐔
But, a mere 2 years later, and I can now ride 3 or 4 trot poles in a row with my eye’s OPEN, at least 60% of the time. 😂
Anyway, a few weeks ago I went to a local 3 day event to watch. My real reason was to assess the jumps, the riders, etc. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, but fear and other priorities have always held me back.
When I scoped out the event, the course looked awesome. They had this great beginner level course set up that was literally small logs on the ground. The riders were so freakin’ nice. I stopped a few people to ask where to go, or where not to stand, and everyone happily helped. Just super nice people.
But, what I really liked… All the horses were Normal. A bunch of unknown origin ponies, a lot of TBs, several drafty looking crosses. The riders ranged from the super athletic looking ladies to the large bottomed, flabbier, older adult looking riders (they looked like ME!!).
So, I thought, why not? I can try it once.
Better than always wishing I had and regretting it when it’s too late.
So I signed up for jumping lessons.
Then utterly freaked because I don’t have the money. So i texted everyone I knew asking if they needed work done in exchange for $40.
Now I need to find an extra $40 every two weeks over the winter. Aarrggh!
I don’t think my friends and family are going to employee me enough to support my riding issues.
If only I could get overtime pay for overtime work (thank you salary rules 😡 grrr).
I’ll have to figure something out. I’d really like to try just one event. At least to know I conquered my fear and made a dream a reality. I’m never going to be an upper level dressage rider. Nor do I have the money to afford rated dressage shows. But competing in one beginner level, local, 3 day event is something I could cross off the bucket list.
I may need to start selling blood to make this happen though. 😯
There’s got to be someway I can earn an extra $80/month…