My official assessment journey has been with several horses (although I've played and redeveloped countless rescue horses, friend's horses, and of course my own - all to various degrees in many savvys and at several levels-unofficially). Anyhow, a little recap for those new to my blog (but do search and read the archives), I passed Level one under the previous iteration of the program with Wilbur my TB (whom I no longer have - he was retired and sent to a lush farm in VA), I had a gap in assessment because of re-homing Wilbur and then relocating to New York. I passed officially passed Level 2 online this summer (not the best audition but I passed) with my Arabian Whiskey but have come to the realization, especially since the St. Jude's event, that he is mentally incapable, at this time, of handling some of the pressure related to official assessment and the journey to level 4 (and beyond), and my other Arabian, Fosse (who has health considerations) is also inappropriate because he will have physical limitations at the higher levels. Therefore, my new horse Lola (QH) was acquired as my new, viable, levels partner, a horse that should potentially go places. She is a great prospect for this journey. To be completely honest, I am tired of being in Level 1/2 limbo (officially) as I do play in the higher levels in some of the savvys, my desire is to officially be assessed and start having fun doing more advanced maneuvers in all the savvys (and even go to the ISC some day).
So, my goal, from now until the end of the year (as per the new group's assignment to have a goal) is to complete and officially assess Level 2 freestyle with her. It is going to be a challenge because I do not have an indoor arena and the weather is a challenge here. However, I have successfully rented the use of a local indoor arena on Sundays for two hours each time (starting next weekend) and believe I can expand on that. My goal is quite ambitious and perhaps unrealistic but, a start. I acknowledge that I may have to adjust my expectations, especially because she is green, new to me, and we will be playing at a strange barn. I'd say minimum, I'd like to be at least riding her regularly at WTC by the end of the year, maximum I'd like to complete all of level 2, officially with her.
Thoughts? I am always open to input. :) Keep it savvy!