|Eating up the Five Points Novice course last September.|
Yesterday, I mused aloud on Encore's journey this fall (with a caveat of not breaking himself, laughingly, because plans ALWAYS need adjusting over and over and over and over). Just writing it down really helped clarify the variables, risks, and perspective of the question at hand. Perhaps it's just the way I think, but simply going through the mental exercise of making things coherent on paper forces my brain to draw more distinct lines than normally present in its usual spinning chaos. Some excellent comments further delineated the issues.
And conundrum resolved!
I KNOW CHP has tough, tough XC courses at Five Points. As in not only maxed out, but with technical questions to boot. It would be extremely poor horsemanship to throw both at Encore at once at this point in the game. Talking to a course designer further emphasized this point (hey, benefit of volunteering, you meet officials and you learn new ways of thinking about courses). I want him to always believe he is the confident bawss horse seen below.
I am adamant that the focus stays on Encore's development. It can not ever get waylaid into, as a friend so aptly put it, chasing NQR's for my beloved T3DE. No matter how badly I want it, I will never, ever sacrifice my horse's long term wellness, both mental and physical, for any numbers on paper. This journey is about the joy of the gallop and I want there to be as many of those as possible!
|Dis de biggest thing you gotz? Let me rockz it for you!|
Will I enter Five Points at all? I would really like to run it at Novice, not least to try out the new courses! In the end, it will come down to careful budget choices. I have to make the farm a priority right now. While some competition, even a $15 jumper class, is important to keep Encore strong and sharp and keep his brain (and mine) from dying of boredom, we can't have it all. At least at CHP, we do not have to stable thanks to awesome and generous eventing buddies and I can either lodge with them or on my technical trailer tarp, ha. That is a HUGE money saver, as stabling alone at the Park for two nights is around $150-200 for a recognized event. That's my entire month's board!!!
Hmmmm, anyone need services they are willing to pay for in the Triangle area? Wait, something about that doesn't sound quite right...