Monday, December 31, 2012

2012 in a nutshell

Since I started this blog a couple of years ago, I usually make a blog post on the last few days of December to recap what the year has brought me and see how I did on my year end resolutions. Let's start with the 2012 recap. Well, I have to say that one of the biggest things accomplished this year was that we all survived the apocalypse! I know everyone was worried about that one but now we can all breathe a little bit easier (take that Mayans!! lol). In all seriousness, my riding got better even though it seemed harder this year. There were no super impressive scores but lots of hard work in solidifying our second level work. Our high was definitely the GAIGs with our best second level to date. We had some rough moments with Buddy jumping the fence and DJ's mysterious mouth sores (still working on my theory for this one, expect a blog post soon!). But at this very moment, I'm happy with where the boys are in their work. We are ready to take on new challenges next year and ready for our first lessons since before the BLMs in 2 weeks.

Ok, it's time to see how I faired on my 2012 goals:

2012 Goals:

  • Finish that darn USDF Bronze Medal!!! 
    • Well, I almost had it and I only need 1 more score! I'm not so sure DJ will be the one to finish it but at least he was the one who got me most of it :)
  • Qualify for GAIG's & BLM's at Second and Third Level
    • I did half of this one and I am REALLY glad I did not pursue the other half. In the summer I tried to make the transition to 3rd level with the addition of flying changes...long story short, bad idea! Bud was so confused with what I wanted it started effecting everything about our rides. So, we went back to really perfecting 2nd level and it ended up being the right decision for us at the time.
  • Get into better physical condition - last year I set a goal for lbs. lost and I accomplished that but this year I want muscle along with it...that means, ugh, working out :(
    • Hahaha! Silly me! I knew this one would be difficult for me personally since I'm not the biggest fan of working out. I recently bought a living social deal for a new Pure Barre studio that opened near my job and it expires in February. Maybe now I will actually try this time around.
  • Get to at least one clinic this year (audit or riding)
    • GOAL ACHIEVED! I had the great opportunity to go audit a clinic with JJ Tate. One day I will work with her on a horse. She is FANTASTIC. I went both days and learned so much it was ridiculous :)
  • Read 20 books with at least 1 being a book to help my passion for the sport
    • GOAL ACHIEVED! See the list below:
  1. Daughter of Smoke and Bone - Laini Taylor
  2. Daytripper - Fabio Moon & Gabriel Ba (Graphic Novel)
  3. Dressage Masters: Techniques and Philosophies of Four Legendary Trainers - David Collins
  4. Brisingr: The Inheritance Cycle Book 3 - Chistopher Paolini (Audiobook)
  5. Septimus Heap Book 1: Magyk - Angie Sage (Audiobook)
  6. Septimus Heap Book 2: Flyte - Angie Sage (Audiobook)
  7. Septimus Heap Book 3: Physic - Angie Sage (Audiobook)
  8. Septimus Heap Book 4: Queste - Angie Sage (Audiobook)
  9. Septimus Heap Book 5: Syren - Angie Sage (Audiobook)
  10. Septimus Heap Book 6: Darke - Angie Sage (Audiobook)
  11. A Discovery of Witches - Deborah Harkness
  12. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter - Seth Grahame-Smtih (Audiobook)
  13. Anya’s Ghost - Vera Brosgol (Graphic Novel)
  14. The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack - Mark Hodder (Audiobook)
  15. At the Mountains of Madness: A Graphic Novel - H. P. Lovecraft & I.N.J Culbard   (Graphic Novel)  
  16. Inheritance: The Inheritance Cycle Book 4 - Christopher Paolini (Audiobook)
  17. Pirate Latitudes - Michael Crichton
  18. The Maze Runner - James Dashner (Audiobook)
  19. Locke & Key Book 5: Clockworks - Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriguez (Graphic Novel)
  20. The Scorch Trials  - James Dashner (Audiobook)
  21. The Death Cure - James Dashner (Audiobook)
  22. Tiger’s Destiny - Colleen Houck
  23. The Kill Order - James Dashner (Audiobook)
  24. The Scorpio Races - Maggie Stiefvater (Audiobook)
  25. Divergent - Veronica Roth (Audiobook)
  26. Insurgent - Veronica Roth (Audiobook)
Ok, really I only read 9 and the rest were audiobooks but that's ok because my requirement was still met including my dressage read. I provided a link to that book since it was a fantastic read and will definitely be revisiting it for inspiration. 

I will post my goals/resolutions tomorrow. Until then, Hope everyone has a safe and happy New Year!

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