February 2010

   June 7-10  Green Horn

   June 14 – 17 Dressage

   July 9 – 12 Green Horn

                                                          July 23 – 26 Jumping

                                                                                                                 Aug 16 -19 Gymkhana

(Check out the Activities page on the website for more info on the summer camps)

Summer seems a long way off, but as you know time flies and the sooner we start planning the smoother life flows.  Let me know what camps you are interested in, your deposit will hold your spot, if a camp does not fill the deposit will be returned or applied to a different session as you wish.


The arena will be closed to non clinic riders from 7am until 1:00 on Sat and again from 1:00 to 4:00 on Sunday.  Come and watch the other riders as they get their lesson from Brad.  There is a sign up sheet on the board for the pot luck meal, along with some suggestions for menu items.

Thanks, it should be another great weekend.

Look for future events:   Western Pleasure Clinic with Corey Ramsden on the 3rd of April, (arena closed from 8 – 4)      There is still room for a couple of riders if anyone is interested.  

 4-H’ers  Clinic on the 10th and 11th of April (Arena will be closed from 9 to 4 both days)

Again you are welcome to come and watch the learning and fun.

Finally, formulate a plan of attack.  Set time parameters.  Break down your goal into simple steps that make your assent easier.  The great mosaic artists of Italy use many tiny pieces of material to create their huge murals.  It seems a daunting task to try to make something so large out of something so small, but the artists allay their frustration by tying a string around the area they are to work on that day.  They only work within that string.  They know that tomorrow they will be tackling another section and, soon, the big picture will begin to appear.  Think about approaching your goals the same way.  Tie a string around your work and only tackle what you can tackle that day.

Learn to be happy and comfortable in your current level.  By this, I don’t mean rest on your laurels.  What I mean is to not discount what you have achieved.  In fact, as you record your goals, you will see progress written down.  Take inventory of these accomplishments, past and present.  Also, find out what your assets are.  What is your best feature as a rider?  Maybe it’s that you have quiet hands or have an elegant position,  Learn to appreciate yourself for these things, and try not to blame yourself for more than what’s due.  Avoid your frustration trap by monitoring self-talk, by challenging and reframing negative thoughts, and setting realistic goals for yourself.

Mona had a great ride on her youngster James a 3/4 Friesian gelding. James is learning to be a riding horse, this is his 2nd  week under saddle.

If you use goal setting as one of your tools to success, you will find that you won’t get sidelined by frustration as easily.  With goal setting you have a light leading you from one step to the next, helping you understand where you are going.

    Sit down and identify your goals. Maybe it’s that you want to be able to ride Third Level by the end of the show season, or perhaps you set your sights on entering a certain show.  Write them down on paper.  Next, identify the stumbling blocks you forsee that will keep you from reaching your goal.  There are two kinds of stumbling blocks: Physical and psychological.  Physical blocks are those things that are real or that you think are real.  Examples include a lack of time, strength, money and a good-enough horse.  The second kind is psychological.  These blocks are the impediments that exist only in your mind.. They can be lack of self-confidence, lack of belief in success, anxiety or fears.  These obstacles are no less intimidating that physical obstacles.  Write down these as well.  Next, identify possible solutions to your obstacles.  For physical obstacles get creative.  Turn to your instructor for ideas, consider finding a sponsor if money is your issue or perhaps you may need to tighten your budget to allow more money for lessons.  Come up with an escape plan in case something goes awry.  If your horse has to rest an injury for three months, you will enlist plan B or plan C.  It’s also important for riders to have goals that are separate from the ones they have for their horses.  You need to know where you are going in your own career separate from your horse.  To identity psychological barriers, do some reality checking with your friends and family.  Talk it out with a therapist or a sport psychologist.

Your plan of action is to get honest with yourself.  Are your goals realistic?  Are they really worth the time, effort and money? Would you be happier finding a more middle road to travel?  This is the time to get brutally honest with yourself.  Of course, jot this down in your notebook too. 

  Continued tomorrow…..

Jeana did a great job decorating the lounge for the Valentines Day show, our Judge Corey Ramsden helped finish up the show prep after Jeana was unexpectedly hospitalized very early Sunday morning. The competitors received their own version of Olympic excitement with their Fieldstone Farm medals and neck ribbons. Paul Krey took pictures of the action…I should be getting a disc of these today and will post some to this entry.  And everyone brought yummy food to share.

Thank you all for making it another fun day at the barn!

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