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post #21 of 38 Old 05-16-2011, 01:43 PM
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Congrats!! It is awesome that you were able to overcome your fears. It seem s like in life we are always our worst enemy. Good luck at N level!!
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post #22 of 38 Old 05-17-2011, 08:28 AM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by upnover View Post
YAYYYYYYY!!!! That's VERY exciting news!! And so inspirational for all of those posts from people that have been about building confidence or jumping again after an accident. Thank you for posting your vulnerabilities and weaknesses here! I love hearing from someone who can admit their fears and then work towards getting past them.

PS- Nelson is a freakin rockstar. ;)
Thank you, you're making me blush! I honestly beat myself up allllll the bloomin' time for this fear that I allowed to take over my mentallity and life. I would get so angry at myself because I couldn't go over anything bigger than 2'7".

I would look at everyone else around me, kids younger than me even, going bigger, advancing up in levels, passing me and moving onwards in the sport.....and I would feel, stupid.

I am not going to lie, when I say that I have a blast at Beginner Novice. I have fun! I laugh, I joke around I go out and just, get it done - but I believe that's because I've allowed myself to get so comfortable with that level, that I don't have to "think" about it. But now that I am stepping up, to a level that I am not familiar with, I'm nervous.

I'm stepping out of that comfort zone, and it's scarey, I am not going to lie. But, I have an amazing horse, I have an amazing coach, and I know I can do it.

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post #23 of 38 Old 05-18-2011, 07:40 AM
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Wow. A HUGE congrats to you! Glad to see that you finally was able to break through that mental block. Nelson is still going strong, you both look great! Can't wait to see more from the both of you.

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post #24 of 38 Old 05-19-2011, 12:14 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks Pumpkin :)

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post #25 of 38 Old 05-19-2011, 12:28 AM
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Big big big huge congrats!!! You two looked great in the video. So glad you found a coach that works well with you.
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post #26 of 38 Old 05-19-2011, 07:00 AM
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Congrats! I'm glad you got past your mental block! Good luck with your next level! :)
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post #27 of 38 Old 05-19-2011, 01:57 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks Carleen! I have to agree, a good coach does WONDERS for you. It's the finding a good coach that's the difficult part, in this over populous "coaching" world we live in.

Thanks for the good lucks! I appreciate them :) I am super excited about doing N this year, before I know it, I'll be at Training Level looking back at where I am now, thinking how small those fences are. :P

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post #28 of 38 Old 05-26-2011, 12:10 PM
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Looks good.

I had a Russian trainer train my boy to jump and she was more into eventing.

She also used grids and cavaletti all through the training...and you have seen pictures of him jumping so you can see the benefit of the "extras" used in your video.

Most N.American "trainers" at least the backyard ones simply don't have a clue about setting the timing for jumping.
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post #29 of 38 Old 05-26-2011, 12:30 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks Spyder!

I am thrilled with my new Trainer. I love how he sets up the grid work, and the cavaletti's to produce good rythm and striding and control. I am thrilled with my progression since I started to ride with him.

The previous barn I was at, the riders never progress or improve. Same riders today as they were when I first met them 2 years ago - moving to the new barn under the new trainer, 2 of those riders who moved with me, have improved greatly since.

I love seeing the progression in their riding skills and education. Heck, one just took 4th at the event this weekend, out of 14 riders.

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post #30 of 38 Old 05-26-2011, 01:52 PM
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YAAAAAAY Kim!!! Nice job!!! :):):) Nelson is awesome, can't believe he's the age that you say he is! I think I'll still need to see his papers to believe it though ;)

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