12/7/13 The Christmas Party
After being trapped in my house for 48 hours due to the snowstorm, I was excited to go to the Christmas party. There was a good mix of people and I actually knew some of them. There were some awkward moments though which made it clear that there is dividing line between the boarders and the outsiders. At one point my husband and I were just innocently standing there talking and the hostess comes over and says "you know those moments when your horse does…oh, wait a minute, you wouldn't understand, you ride a lesson horse." I kind of felt sad for her. Is she so insecure that she has to instigate a situation that separates people? My husband chuckled "wow, she is a bit much, isn't she?"
There appears to be a great deal of competitiveness in dressage, both inside and outside of the ring. Will I be able to handle that? Perhaps, the better question is, do I want to deal with that on a regular basis? Why do I ride? Do I have a need to cover my wall with ribbons and medals? I ride because I love it. I love those moments of perfection, when it's just you and the horse gliding across the arena in perfect harmony. I love those "aha" moments when something difficult, suddenly clicks and makes sense. Sure, ribbons and medals are nice, but are they the cherry on top of the proverbial pie, or the reason I ride?
I will have lots of time to ponder that because due to the weather and an upcoming dressage clinic, lessons for this weekend and next weekend are cancelled. This works out somewhat well, as this gives me an opportunity to explore other options.
I finally connected with an instructor who so far fits all my criteria (lesson horses, arena, cost, driving distance, teaching experience, somewhat accomplished in dressage). I'm hopeful that I can get a lesson arranged with her before lessons resume at my old barn.
As I was contemplating my lesson schedule (or lack thereof) my husband made a startling suggestion: "Why don't you put your unused lesson money toward your horse fund?" Who are you and what have you done with my husband ?!? ☺