Meeting Robert Dover was a huge leap for me. Yes, he has a bit of a "rep" in some circles, but he is a very nice man and very passionate about his work. You know you're doing well when you have haters I guess.
He really encouraged me to get on with my training and just get to Prix St. Georges, which I'm sure my horse can do and I've schooled it, but learning how to train a horse there is a completely different story. I miss the old schoolmasters I used to ride, and now I think I've just begun to appreciate them!!
Although the clinic was not sponsored by our national organization - they sure as heck knew about it! We got a phone call not even a week after from someone sitting on the dressage board asking how my rides went, and just relaying some information on what Dover had said. Really really excellent/positive on all fronts!!!
Another one of Dover's plans is to get the Developing Horse program going up here AND the Developing Rider program too. So sweet!! I'm missing Young Riders by one year with this horse, but it looks like I may have a year at PSG/Developing Horse and then a few years of YR Grand Prix and Developing Grand Prix. He's also planning on instating the "Dynasty Dup", much like the "Brentina Cup" in the US.
Also, just got our LA/PSO newsletter. Apparently my dad's name is "Bob" and I now have a male name. Sweet, way to give recognition to your volunteers. I wish new letter editors would PROOFREAD things. Almost fired off an email about that one and then remembered how easy it is to set fire to bridges, especially the rickety straw ones that we have with acquaintances.
Speaking of burning bridges, the drama llama has been in town lately!!! One side doesn't know half the story yet, so I won't post about it. Plus I don't like airing other people's laundry... But the gist of it is that there are some people not on speaking terms so.. I get to groom horses instead of clean stalls for work this month - woot!
I'm getting pumped to get back to my horse on Monday! He's 3 hours away at my coach's right now... He was there for a clinic and then there was a blizzard and no one wanted to pull a trailer, so lucky pony got trainer rides for Christmas! And now he has to put up with me again... It still doesn't diminish the goal set at the Dover clinic - 4th level in 4 weeks!
Wish me luck!