Journaling My Rides

As I mentioned in a previous post, I’ve been leveraging some of the mental skills that Tonya Johnston outlines in her book Inside Your Ride (affiliate link) to improve my riding- specifically journaling my rides. I started by taking pen and paper to a notebook, but quickly realized I wasn’t being consistent with it. I’d leave the notebook on my nightstand or in the office, and then there’s be an entire week’s worth of rides to try to remember and write about. Then I just kind of gave up for about a month or so.

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FCHJA June 2016

The FCHJA June Show was the show that wasn’t supposed to happen. When we booked our trip to Philly, I didn’t even look at my calendar (which is very unlike me). When I realized I’d miss the show, I pouted for about five minutes and then realized it wasn’t that big of a deal.

Then the points for the year got posted. And I saw that I was sitting in second for my Equitation Division (which is still mind boggling that I ever place in Equitation). My inner point-chaser and competitive nature took over. I really, really wanted to keep my standing. But at the same time, I didn’t want to pay for Petunia to go to a show that I might not even make.

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The Devon Horse Show 2016

Ever since I found out it was a thing when I was a little girl flipping through the pages of Practical Horseman, I’ve wanted to go to the Devon Horse Show. How could I not? It’s practically The Masters of the horse show world, and I share a name with it. I even have a poster from the 1986 show that I’ve had since I was a teenager waiting to be hung in my office at home (side note: I’m continually hunting for one from 1984 – please let me know if you find one!).


This year, the timing of our trip to Philly coincided with Devon’s show dates. Anthony, being the wonderful horse show boyfriend he is, agreed to go check it out with me.

We headed out on Wednesday to catch the Regular Confirmation Hunters and the High Performance Hunters in the Dixon Oval. There were some younger jumpers going on in the Gold Ring, but you all know my heart belongs in the hunter ring because I’m a control freak perfectionist. After scoping the show grounds, we found some nice seats in the grandstands.

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