Friday, October 21, 2011
I Did It!
I PASSED MY LEVEL 3.
This means more to me than I can ever explain.
I set out to achieve L3 and somewhere in the middle, I realized that what I wanted was the horsemanship and not the string. After my liberty audition, I was determined that my freestyle would flow naturally out of my progress with Cricket. I was not going to "try for my freestyle."
So I just went about playing and riding. And things got better and better. I had folks telling me to just video it and get it done. I didn't want to - not because I was afraid of failing but because I didn't want to turn everything into something artificial.
My goal, as I prepared for camp, was simply to go and just let things unfold. If nothing else, Carol would give me feedback on what I needed to achieve L3.
On the second day of camp, Carol asked us to ride a figure-8 with 1 or 2 sticks. When it was my turn, I just started at the walk, asking Cricket to find the pattern. We moved to a trot and then just flowed into the canter. It was a little helter-skelter but it was okay. We worked it out. I could hear the strains of "Barbie Girl" over the loudspeaker and just started to have FUN!
And then I heard it. Carol's voice. "That's solid level 3 riding." And I knew we had it.
As we wrapped up camp on Tuesday, Carol asked us for our highlights. I told her my biggest highlight was not necessarily my green string. It was that I came to camp and for the first time, I wasn't the one saying, "I'll just trot" or "I'm not going to canter." It was that I made this journey with my horse. Truthfully, the string was just gravy.