Wow, time really flies when you're are at Judson.
We are right around one month until our first IHSA show for the season and I must say I am both excited and scared.
This is my first year riding on Judson's Equestrian Team. I was part of the Equestrian program last year and took some riding classes. I even got to go watch a couple of the shows and see the team compete. This gave me an idea of what being on the team would be like. After watching the shows, I decided that being on the team was something I would enjoy doing since I love riding horses and have a bit of a competitive streak in me. So, this spring when I was given the opportunity to try out for the team I jumped at the chance. Although I had been working hard all year to improve my riding I still wasn't convinced that I would make the team, but I did.
With the first show fast approaching, I am definitely getting nervous. I have had to work really hard these past few weeks since this is my first year on the team and I am having to get prepared and learn what all will be expected of me in the show ring. Also, because I was not able to ride over the summer I have had to recondition myself to be in the saddle. My riding is coming back together and I should be good to go by the time the first show actually gets here...I hope.
The most stressful part of getting ready for show season for me hasn't been getting back in shape riding, but getting all of the clothing I need. This summer I spent most of my spare time surfing the web looking for good deals on the items I needed. There were times when I felt that I would never find everything to fit me and still be able to afford school. Fortunately, I have managed to acquire almost everything (for a decent price) and what I haven't gotten are the easier things to get, like a belt and gloves.
Despite the hard work and the major stress I know that it will all be more than worth it, and I can't wait for the season to start.