|minstrel ||04-03-2013 02:29 PM |
This year has been pretty dreadful so far - a horrible, wet, snowy, icy winter (the worst in 50 years here) leading into, well, no sign of spring so far. This has led to all my plans for this month being cancelled due to weather (not a XC in sight!) and another dump of snow has cancelled plans to getting out to an indoor arena for some dressage. On top of that, the EHV outbreak here has everyone on lockdown... So I'm showing pretty bad competition-withdrawal.
My situation is that I don't have transport, so when everything is being cancelled or postponed, I can't make new plans to do other things. I can only get lifts to so many events, and I have to take holidays to get weekends off, so it really is a pain!
Now my dilemma. I like my yard a lot, but there are some flaws. There are only 5 horses, so it's very quiet - I ride alone 5 nights a week because the other boarder and the YO are housewives, and ride during the day. It's also in the middle of nowhere, so when the weather is bad I can't get up - and whilst the school is floodlit, it's a plain sand school which is often flooded/frozen solid. Also, the other two riders aren't competitive, so when I do get lifts its from my old YO who has a lorry, and will drive past and pick me up - and since she teaches all day on a Saturday, it limits when I can get out!
So far, this hasn't been a problem - bringing Geoff back into work over the winter has meant I haven't been in a rush to compete him. But he's at the point I want to start him in Prelim dressage, and some small SJ/eventing classes. It's not the end of the world not to compete this summer, but it has made me think hard.
I want to compete. Therefore my options are this: stay at my nice (cheap!) yard, don't do much for the next year or two, and try to save for my own transport; or move to a bigger yard, more expensive but with at least hacking distance from the main competition and training venues in my area. I have no intention of moving right now, but come next winter, when he's fit and I want to work him and we're stuck unable to get up there let alone ride for two weeks, I'll go mad.
So... what do you think? I'm just using this thread to sort out my thoughts, so anything I haven't explained please ask, and hopefully I don't sound like an ungrateful sod...