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This week I have been doing a bit of admin on EquiPepper, including updating the Competition Results page to include results from the racehorses I have a share in. While I was doing this I ended up reading through all of Scottie’s old competition results.
If you have read some of my last posts, you might have noticed that I have found the idea of never being able to achieve my goals with Scottie quite hard to take. The idea that I had all these dreams I won’t be able to achieve any time soon, if ever, was quite hard to swallow.
But taking a moment to look back on all of Scottie’s competition results made me realise just how much we achieved together. He was my first horse, the first horse I have trained, let alone retrained from a racehorse. I had limited funds and no transport of my own. Meaning I couldn’t compete as much as I would have liked.
Despite this, we got some fantastic results, multiple placings, firsts and even qualifying for championships. We placed and won in dressage, showing and show jumping. Yes these classes were all fairly low level. But we still achieved it. Some horses and people never win a class. And we rarely went to a show without coming away with a rosette. That in itself is impressive.
2020 was a hard year for everyone. And while 2021 won’t be the year I would like it to be with Scottie’s retiring from real work, at least I have the memories and pride of everything we achieved together. My time with Scottie won’t be the same and I will have to put my competition plans on hold for the foreseeable future. But this just means we will find new things to do together.
So if you have hit a low patch with your horse or your goals. Look back at everything you have done so far. It was done me the world of good looking at it from another perspective.