Friday, December 30, 2011

Plans for the New Year. 2012 here we come!

IEA sent out the calendar for 2012 and I just can't help myself by starting to scheme , plot and plan for what is to come over the next year.  Here is the IEA calendar.  At the end I will post my "plans"(The word plans is definitely always used loosely because we all know how things planned usually work out).  I guess I may be better off using the word goals.  Yes these will be my goals not plans!!

5 | P a g e 2012 Calendar Date Event Location Contact
Feb 18th IEA Awards Banquet Indiana Downs Kelly Peine
Feb 18th Dressage & Combined Test Show Come Again Farm Lee Ann Zobbe
Mar 24th Dressage & Combined Test Show Come Again Farm Lee Ann Zobbe
April 7-8th Spring Bay Horse Trials ® Kentucky Horse Park See USEA website/omnibus
April 21-22nd Leslie Law Clinic Come Again Farm Lee Ann Zobbe
April 25-9th ROLEX Horse Trials ® Kentucky Horse Park See USEA website/omnibus
May 12th Dressage, Combined Test, Derby Show Come Again Farm Lee Ann Zobbe
May 12-13th Winona Horse Trials ® Winona, Ohio See USEA website/omnibus
May 19-20th Greater Dayton Horse Trials ® Fairborn, Ohio See USEA website/omnibus
May 26-7th May Daze at the Park Horse Trials ® Kentucky Horse Park See USEA website/omnibus
May 31st – June 3rd IEA Horse Trials ® Hoosier Horse Park See USEA website/omnibus
June 9-10th Derbyshire Horse Trials ® Michigan See USEA website/omnibus
June 9-10th Spring Run Horse Trials ® Kentucky See USEA website/omnibus
June 16-17th Lost Hounds Horse Trials ® Pennsylvania See USEA website/omnibus
June 17th Horse Trials and Dressage Show Come Again Farm Lee Ann Zobbe
June 22-24th Encore Farms Horse Trials ® Michigan See USEA website/omnibus
June 22-24th Midsouth PC Horse Trials ® Kentucky See USEA website/omnibus
June 30th – July 1st South Farm Horse Trials ® Ohio See USEA website/omnibus
July 6-8th Champagne Run at the Park Horse Trials ® KHP, KY See USEA website/omnibus

Amy and Steady's 2012 goals!!

My big over all goal for this coming season is to compete at Beginner Novice at a recognized Horse Trial!!  The timing and location are not set in stone.  That will depend on how training and fitness over the season goes.  There are a few different options as to when and where this may be able to happen. But this is the holy grale for the year for The Big Lebowski and Me;)


My only goal for this dreadful month is to ride at least 2 days a week.  I would like to say my goal is higher but I would much rather set something realistic than fail miserably.  So 2 days a week is my goal.  I don't care if those rides are walking for 30 minutes, hacking out through the fields/trails or a focused 30 minute dressage or jumping ride.  My goal is just to ride no matter what that be.


18th  IEA Awards Banquet at Indiana Downs!
Riding goals again are to ride 2 days a week.
If the weather/footing for either January or February are good enough that I am able to ride consistently then I will hopefully sqeeze in a lesson somewhere. I do not feel it is worth it though to take a lesson when I am not able to work Steady often enough to keep his 'edge' off.  Otherwise we will spend our lesson on keeping him in check and to me that is a waste of time since I know that regular work keep him in check.

Get more focused in training and fitness.  Primarily focusing on refreshing our minds and bodies to real work.  Ride at least 3 days a week.  Slowly building back fitness.
Take one lesson this month.

25th-29th ROLEX!  I say we make a blogger meet up at Rolex, who's with me?!

Trailer to a lesson with Lee Ann with hopes to take two lessons dressage and jumping.
Start training back again.  Ride 3-4 days a week.


12th possibly have our showing debut for the year at CAF CT.
19th-20th Greater Dayton Horse Trials!  This is a very slight possibility for the the holy grale but it seems awfully early in the season so chances are we will be spectators or volunteers at best for this event.  While researching this HT I found that it is at Twin Park and is only an hours drive for me and is open to the public for XC schooling. Why I did not know this I do not know but this is a relief to know that I have more options than the 2 hour haul to Sheridan or Hoosier Horse Park. Though now my challange will be to find a trainer in that direction.

Riding goals for the month are to ride 4 days a week.

XC school


May 29th-June 3rd IEA Horse Trials.  Also another option for the HT but this is a biggy and I may not have the balls for it but you never know?  It is on the table as an option for the time being.  Otherwise we( we as in me not Steady but it is education for the both of us when I do these things but I also hope to bring my daughter along this year for volunteer work) will volunteer for this event. I loved doing it last year and hope to do it again.

7th Come Again Farm Horse Trials.This will most likey be our HT for the year.  

Riding goals for the month are to ride 4 days a week. 

No lesson for this month in preparation for Event Camp.


July 5-12th Event Camp.  If I make the cut off for event camp I do hope to do it this year.  I have debated back and forth about it.  Wondering if I should just attend separate clinics over the year or put all my eggs in one basket so to speak.  This has been a tough decision this year and I am still not 100% and I need to mail my registration on the 2nd so I need to figure it out.

If I do event camp that will be my one hurrah for the month and probably August too.

Riding goals full on training, trails, gallops and jumping 4 days a week.


Another dreadful month for Indiana.  I will most likely cut back riding this month and take the month "off" with just no pressure hacks, trail rides and rides when weather permits.


Start training back up again once the heat dies down.  Riding 3-4 days a week. 

CAF Event Derby at Novice!?    We will see where the season takes us but if all goes well I think this is with in our grasp.


Riding 4 days a week full training, trails, hacks and gallops.

Octoberfest I loved this show and the XC schooling opportunity.  If I have the money to show 2 months in a row I will be doing this show.  If not I will be forced to choose between the two.


Ride 3-4 days a week.  Training and trails.

Hopeful for a lesson.


Ride when weather permits and take a lesson.

All entries are subject to change at any time with no explination.  I reserve all rights to this schedule and will make changes on a whim at the last minute because that is how I roll.  But at least this gives you the general idea.

Over all I hope to take one lesson a month, clinic at event camp or at 2 other clinics, show a schooling show at the start of the season at Beginner Novice, shoot for that all exciting goal of a recognized HT at Beginner Novice and one schooling show at the end of the season competing at Novice level!


  1. Love your organized list of goals! I'm sure you will accomplish a lot, on the list or not. You have obviously got the drive + you and Steady make a great team.

    Best wishes to you and your family in the New Year!

    PS Hilarious comment about bareback riding in the last post... ;)

  2. oooo thanks for posting the calendar!! *scurries away to start to plan and plot*

  3. Looks like a great plan!! I'm excited to follow along with you progress this year. :)

    I would love to go to the Rolex, but don't know if it will be possible. If we do decide to go I'll definitely contact you.


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