There has been a lot of change in this corner of the world, for certain!
My very close friend, who has also groomed for me at all my major competitions, has made a major life change, and is moving across the country to be closer to her boyfriend. I am so excited for her, but in a very selfish way, am wondering who is going to help keep my nose clean (so to speak)!! Not to mention who am I going to make starbucks or thai food runs with!!
On top of that, my teammate who I have trained and competed with for the past 4 years also decided it was time for change. She thought long and hard about the decision, and in the end, packed her things and also moved cross-country, for a chance at a fresh start.
So...our longtime "team" - two riders, a groom, and a coach, is now down to a duo...and my coach is currently recuperating from a very significant surgery. I admit I would like her back in action as soon as possible...but in my heart I know that she needs much more time to rest & recover than either of us probably want to think about!!
However, I forge ahead!! I am more or less in charge of Dylan's training. He is going well, but I am lacking a bit of confidence at this stage in the game. When we are having a good ride, I feel like I should try and introduce something new, but am not that sure of "what comes next". When we are having a less-good ride, I start questioning myself, and wondering if I have taken him astray in some way. I suppose these are things every rider goes through.
On the upside, FarmVet and I are on our way! I received great feedback from the press release they put out, and my college (Sweet Briar) turned around and posted a story about me and my quest for WEG. Dappled Grey has also continued their support. I continue to try to keep the momentum going!!
So...it looks like my lesson this week is to embrace change, have patience, stay confident and keep on keepin' on!!