Horse Show Goal Setting...???
Just out of curiousity....
Does anyone set a goal for each show, or do you have a year end goal that you would like to meet, or a mix of the two?
I set a goal for each show reflecting something that I needed to work on from the last show, ie getting the right amount of strides instead of chipping in or leaving out as I ride hunters.
The main goal that I set is for the entire show season - where I want to end up in the year end standings, how many points/ROMs/Superiors I want to earn with my horses, what new class I want to add during the year, etc.
In order to acheive the bigger goal, I don't really set goals for each show, but rather for each class I enter. Sometimes it's as simple as making sure I'm on the correct side of the cones in a pattern class. Sometimes it's getting a good transition, or maintaining a pretty lope, or finishing an obstacle without faults. If I do well throughout all of my classes at the show, then I end up having a good show.
How many different classes do you enter in Ride?
Of course I set goals :)
Goal for each show: Blue ribbon
Just kidding, kind of... I'm always aiming to be the best, but that's not all that drives me.
For all of my horses at EVERY show:
-First and foremost, I want my horse to BEHAVE. Not just when being ridden/shown inhand, but everywhere: trailer, stall, in between classes, etc.
-Then I want them to have a good experience, learn/reinforce that trailering/shows are enjoyable and nothing that they can't handle.
-After that, it's about performance. As long as they do the best for them (get scores around what they normally get or better). If they get beat, oh well - what are you gonna do? But placing well is always better :)
Of course, I set goals for each specific show depending on the horse, too - something strictly performance related.
It might be something like "really bend into the corners at the canter" during a dressage test with Beau. Or, "make sure Cav is moving really straight when trotting to and from the judge on the triangle".
It depends on what needs to be worked on.
Then there are season-long goals. Something to work towards as you progress. This season for Beau it was to have him competitive (65%+) at Training Test 4. Now that we are there, hopefully next year we'll tackle First Level 1 & 2. For Cav this year, our goal was to have her place 1st or 2nd at a Future Event Horse show to get her qualified for the East Coast FEH Championships - she placed 2nd her 2nd time out to FEH.
Goals help tons, they give you a reason to practice and something to rides towards and a reason to be proud when you accomplish them :)
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