The show schedule for 2016 is up and the first entries open next month. It's almost game time!
Minor detail that all of the crazy weather has turned my driveway into a skating rink that could host the Olympics. I say it's almost spring and I'm sticking to it. Need evidence?
Forget groundhogs, horses starting to shed is the only true way to determine the seasons. Especially when they're still under fleece coolers and the hair is sticking to absolutely EVERYTHING. Including my face and my chapstick coated lips.
It's going to be a fairly conservative season, not too much campaigning at the recognized shows. The goal is to get our butts qualified as early as possible, then stay tuned up for the end of year show. I'm also going to be sprinkling in some h/j outings and two phases to keep mi papi happy and engaged. I don't think he'd enjoy living in the sandbox full time.
April 24 - Hilltop dressage schooling show, T2 and T3
May 14 - 15 - NEDA spring dressage show, T2 and T3, one shot for a regional qualifying score
June 17 - 19 - GMHA Dressage Day and June Dressage Show, T2 and T3, two shots for regional qualifying scores
June 26 - UNH Dressage show - T3 and F1, one shot for regional qualifying score
July 5 - 10 - NHHJA show, 40 minutes away, we'll go play hunters and eq for a day or two
July 17 - NEDA summer dressage show (?), F1 and F2, not locked in yet
Aug 7 - Hilltop 2 phase schooling show, Beginner Novice and extra dressage test F3
August 14 - Oyster River dressage show, T3 and F2/3, last recognized prep before regionals
Sept 2 - Oak Rise schooling dressage show, T3 and F3, last prep before regionals
September 22 - 25 - NEDA Fall Festival, Region 8 championships, T3, also showing First Level in the open show
October 16th - Hilltop 2 phase schooling show, Novice
That's a total of 6 recognized dressage shows, including regionals. NEDA summer and UNH are both tentative, depending on how we do at our first two outings. If we don't need the qualifications, we might skip one. I also have some First level scores I need to get, so I intend to go to as many as possible. If we end up skipping some dressage shows, I'll fill in with the two phases and h/j shows. Who knows, Theo might have to do dressage regionals and an adult medal final. A girl can dream, right?