Dear CLD members and friends,
I hope everyone is having a great summer and show season. It’s hard to believe summer will soon come to an end. CLD held our annual FireCracker schooling show on July 11th. There were 28 horse/rider combinations and 56 entries! The weather cooperated for the most part, however, we did get some more rain, which was not needed at the time. The show was held at Pratense Farm and fortunately took place indoors. A great time was had by all in spite of the inclement weather. Thank you to Pratense Farm for hosting the event, Teresa Litchfield, our show manager and to all of the wonderful volunteers who helped make it a successful show!
Many of us are preparing for year end awards and championships so it brought to mind an interesting point of view to think about. All of us have particular goals or dreams we are striving for (in dressage and in life) and for the most part we take it all very seriously, I know I do! Maybe too much so. Sometimes I think we/I lose perspective of the big picture. In the overall scheme of things, we are only on this earth for a relatively short period of time so maybe we should lighten up a bit. We all have days (or rides) that are better than others. Maybe we are a little too hard on ourselves and/or expect a little too much from our horse partners. I’m not suggesting we lower our standards by any means but maybe change our perspective a bit.
By taking things a little less seriously, maybe we can bring more joy and less stress into our lives. Heck, maybe even a little humor! Not long ago, I was really stressed over a stumbling block in my training. I know, hard to believe, right? When I stopped making such a big deal over it and stopped obsessing on our struggles while focusing more on our strong points, my horse became more cooperative and less anxious. Now that particular issue is not near as much of a problem.
While life is going to be stressful and frustrating at times, hopefully by keeping a little lighter view point in mind, it will help keep your anxiety level at bay and keep you smiling about things that used to drive you crazy.
I wish everyone the best at reaching their goals and obtaining their dreams. Life is short. Enjoy the journey!
Judy Nordstrom, President