Time to complete your 2018 competition season report card – from Goresbridge Go For Gold

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The Goresbridge Go For Gold Sale of pre-selected event horses has been the success story of recent years. Now heading into its ninth renewal, the sale has truly achieved its aim of bringing together Ireland’s best young event horses to one venue for one sale.

Goresbridge Go For Sold Sale (November 12-13th) : [Website] [Catalogue] [Performance footage]

 

Time to complete your 2018 competition season report card – from Goresbridge Go For Gold

National, provincial and area championships have already taken place and the 2018 summer competition season has come to an end. Did you successfully make that upgrade you were aiming to do this year? Did you qualify for championships? Have you made the amount of progress in your riding and horse’s training that you were striving for this year?

Now is the time to reflect on your year so you can ensure that next year is even more successful. Hitting a plateau is frustrating – no matter how much time you spend in the saddle you just cannot make the progress you would like. Luckily this is easily avoidable if you make the necessary changes and take control of your riding career.

Fill out your report card below and start getting your ponies in a row to make next year, your most successful season ever.

 

Coaching: Having a super coach is critical to your riding, this is the person you are paying for advice on how to improve your riding. If you feel that your lessons are no longer making you a more skilled and confident rider it may be time to move on. Sometimes you outgrow coaches or just need a fresh perspective.

How would you rate your coach on a scale of 1 to 10?____

If your coach is getting a failing grade, check out these six tips to help you find a suitable coach. 

 

 

Horse power: You have probably heard the saying. “It’s 90% rider and 10% horse,” and this does have some truth behind it but you need that full 10% from your horse. If your horse is not scopey enough you will never be able to upgrade. If your horse is consistently scaring the shit out of you, it will be nearly impossible for you to develop confidence in the tack. Be honest with yourself about whether your riding progress this year was stifled by your horse. Not every horse is meant for every rider. Mary King has a wall full of medals but she did not get along well with Chilli Morning, so the ride went to William Fox-Pitt who won Badminton on him. Keep in mind that it is also unfair to ask your horse to do something above its capabilities so you can attempt to accomplish your goals. The top riders in the world do not keep every horse they sit on. If you want to further your riding career it might be time to make the tough decision to sell your best friend.

How would you rate your horse on a scale of 1 to 10? ____

If the rating is below a ‘7’ it is time to make a classified ad for your horse.

 

Tack: Are you fighting an uphill battle by trying to perfect your position in a saddle that makes it nearly impossible? Having the right tack is an integral part of being successful. A NASCAR driver does not show up to a race driving a Barbie Jeep. I realize a new saddle is not cheap but if it does not fit both you and your horse it is worth investing in a new one. Skip a few events next summer and put the money towards buying the proper tack. In the long-term this will not be a sacrifice, it will be an investment. You will never regret feeling comfortable in your saddle and your horse should never have to suffer wearing an ill-fitting saddle.

Do you dislike your tack?
[] Yes
[] No

What items of tack do you need to replace to help your performance?
– ____________
– ____________
– ____________
– ____________

How much will it cost to buy appropriate tack? $________

Check out this budgeting app to help you save to purchase your new tack.

 

Events: Reflect on all of the events you did this year. Do any of these events stand out in your mind as being awful experiences? Was it because you just had a bad show or was it a problem with the event? If you do not like a certain event, quit going to that event. It is a waste of your money to go to an event that you dislike. Strategically pick the events you spend money on – you should either enjoy competing at them or require them for a qualification. Events are not meant to be torture.

Rate each event you went to on a scale of 1 to 10:
– Event name: ______________ Rating: ___
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Mark the highest scoring events in your calendar for next year. Consider trying a new event next year instead of going to one of the low scoring events. Tips to get out of your comfort zone and compete at a new event.

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