The Move Up

Let’s address the elephant in the room: I’m moving up to Novice at the Tryon Hunt Club HT in October.

Moving up has been a goal I have been working towards since I ran at Poplar last May and something we have been working towards all year. It really felt doable after we ran around Stable View’s huge BN XC course. Seriously, that was a beast and, while not every fence was perfect, I had a blast and walked away feeling so confident. Novice was in my sights and plans were made.

Then my life went to pieces and I stopped riding. I even stopped taking lessons for a while. I didn’t really know how to have fun anymore. But then I got a new job with a significant pay raise and I started taking lessons again. Better yet, I started wanting to actually ride. And so I put my entry in for Tryon Hunt Club HT and selected Novice. Deep breaths!

And Gus and I have never been more ready. Well, okay, maybe we need a lot of work on our dressage (seriously, I am so over it!) but we are jumping big and fast and confident. I am ready to be back out competing and I am ready to turn it up a notch.