Sadly, my time with Edoras (the horse that I am half-leasing) runs out at the end of June due to financial and time constraints. But before I hang my head, chain myself to her stall and cry, Edoras and I have one last Hurrah! Fifteen days from now, Im leaving my husband in charge of the kids for the weekend, loading Edoras in a trailer, traveling to Temperance, MI, and competing in my first real (B Circuit) hunter jumper horse show in about 25 years. Thats right, I was 14 years-old the last time I wore my tall boots and hunt coat and navigated a horse over a course of jumps in front of a judge. It has been a sacrifice of time and money for me to get to this point, but also a rewarding journey to fulfill a life-long dream. There have been roadblocks along the way and Im sure there will be more to come, but overcoming these hurdles makes me appreciate reaching this goal even more.
I am nervous and excited. I am thankful for so many things: the support of my husband and children, my riding instructor who has worked her magic on me over the last two years and who owns Edoras, and my friends at the barn who have guided me and encouraged me every step of the way despite the fact that they are all between 5 and 20 years younger than me. I certainly could not have pursued this dream alone.So for the next two weeks, I may be doing a little less writing and a little more riding in preparation for my big weekend. Then Ill write about it when its over. Hopefully, there will be some photos of blue ribbons in my follow-up post. But if not, it will still be worth it.