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!