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post #1 of 10 Old 03-06-2012, 01:18 PM Thread Starter
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goals and aspirations

OK so I thought this might be a fun thread to share our goals with our jumping and give rough time frames to them. Can be the right-now little attainable goals, can be just the big end goal, or it can be a step-by-step plan of how you're going to attain your big end goal!

I'll start. I'm 17 now, to give it some perspective
Competing at 3'4" (where I'm training now) by the big winter jumpers festival we have in my town at the end of July, means training 3'6" courses at the very least
Training national D grade height (the big end of the scale, 3'6" to 3'10") by the end of summer 2012-13
Competing national D grade by the end of 2013, training 4'+
get noticed for the right reasons, be offered the ride on some rich person's talented horse, and make national A grade (5'4") by the time I'm 25
grand prix jumpers by the time I'm 30
Olympics, if they do straight showjumping (we only ever see eventing) - if not world cup - before I'm 40, even if this means moving to Europe or the USA away from family, friends and everything I love best
Olympic/world cup gold before I'm 50
continue competing until I'm 90 then pleasure ride until the day I die

there, I've got my whole life planned out. I think my poor mother will be averting her eyes before long, though - I risk my neck on a regular basis, jumping the heights I jump, and it's only going to get worse!

lol k so it's not all very realistic for someone in my income bracket but that's why I need to get noticed by the wealthy people with talented horses they either don't ride, or don't have time for. Guess if I win enough I won't have much trouble with that. If. Or if I get myself a half decent OTTB that likes to jump, it might get more accessible for me. Buy OTTB, get it trained some so that I can handle it confidently - I don't much like racehorses - and then go from there. TBs that like to jump and that are built ok for it, usually can really jump.

But of course before I go getting another horse - any other horse - I need to find myself some more money. And because I'm not even sure if Monty's capable of jumping 4' courses, I may have to put back one or two of the goals until that happens. But oh well!


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post #2 of 10 Old 03-07-2012, 06:59 PM
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I will go next!

I am 15yo
I currently Ride once a week and jumping 2'3 2'6 ish on the normal lesson
In a few months I hope to be helping out with some peoples horses and riding more which i have to admit makes me so happy!!
In 2 years I hope to be jumping higher and higher and maybe get back into showing.
By the time I graduate from High School I want to be a proud horse owner.
Then when I am 20 I want to be learning to train OTTB
Then before my 30's i want to train horses for a living.
Then when/if I retire I want to just live in the mountains with my family and my horses till the day I die!

Yeah that is my dream!! <3<3<3<3

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post #3 of 10 Old 03-07-2012, 08:37 PM
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Okay! My turn! (:

I'm currently schooling 2'6 on my OTTB at home, and showing 2'3. I've been re-training him since I after being let down off the track in August 2010. He had an injury this time last year that set us back to basics, otherwise we'd be further along.

My goals for the year:

Start out showing the 2'6" jumpers on March 24th.
Slowly increase in height and finish out the Spring/Summer season showing 3'.

Show 3'3"/3'6" this fall.

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post #4 of 10 Old 03-08-2012, 03:50 AM Thread Starter
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Good aims guys!

Yeah in there somewhere will be my own breaker and maybe an OTTB. The breaker, if I keep my yearling, will be anywhere from 2-3 years away. If I sell her, it could be longer, or it could be sooner. God only knows when the OTTB will be, and I know for sure I'll be having it professionally remouthed because I can't handle a horse without brakes.

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post #5 of 10 Old 03-08-2012, 04:25 AM
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I'll give it a go.

I am 20yo, 21 in July. I have been riding since I was 13, and I had a year off with a shoulder injury and a 3-4 year 'happy hacker' stage where we didn't do much.

There are two scenarios for me.

1) If Duffy doesn't sell, then I want to start doing more lateral work with her, strengthen her canter and introduce more medium steps. I want to get my nerves back to hack her out and enjoy it- even if its just a walk.
I want to be the person to compete her at her first show! This is providing she doesn't sell. If she does then...

2) Learn to drive.
That way, I can drive to a leasee option where they are looking for people to school youngsters to schoolmasters and compete them. This way I can concetrate on improving my dressage, rather than having to build a horse up. I'd also consider some jumping, on a babysitter horse, and then finally do my 'reitabzeichen' which means I have to do a w/t/c dressage test and jump a round of 90cm-1m10 jumps to start the next level. We will see!

After that, I want to successfully compete in dressage, and be able to train youngsters to a decent standard.
And be able to teach. I love teaching dressage on a schoolmaster (that I know, and have the feeling for) and helping a student 'get it'. I'd love to do more of this, and learn more about teaching.
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post #6 of 10 Old 03-08-2012, 05:18 AM Thread Starter
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Duffy you can come to Australia and teach me :P you make dressage seem fun and I need that

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post #7 of 10 Old 03-08-2012, 05:28 AM
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LOL Blue, pay for my flight and I'm there ;)

I love to make it fun.. but people who can't be bothered and sigh, or don't listen, I won't teach. I walk away or tell them to dismount. Why waste the horse's energy, and my breath and their money?

If people don't understand, or want to focus on something, I love explaining to them, but I need to get better myself now so I can teach better.. my best time was when I had my old school master, I knew exactly what to do, and if the rider wasn't doing something, it showed exactly where... so I need to learn to do it with new people and new horses haha!
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bahaha that's a lot of money to pay for a coach :P I actually hate dressage but because I'm eventing this year I kind of need it and I need someone who will help me to enjoy it. That's why I need you :)

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Nooo dressage is good.. I used to as well, thought it was boring till everything started to 'click' and you have a moment where it makes sense ;)

Best start saving then muahaha!!!
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haha yeah it's all right on a horse that knows what you're asking for :P I just hate training it. Jumping is more fun.

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