It's the middle of May and I haven't even entered a show, let alone participate in one, this year. I've been riding for almost 2 years now and I've only gone to one show! This must be rectified, and soon! :)
The problem is money (isn't it always). My meager savings are going to go to a vet in order to get Ava's hocks and stifles checked for arthritis (and start preventative maintenance, or do whatever I need to do to ensure she has a long and happy life). I need a trailer and truck that are reliable and safe. I need my 20 year old saddle reflocked. I need new riding pants (the holes are growing and I'm beginning to fear a split in the seat soon). Ava needs her teeth done, chiropractor appointment, etc, etc. It never ends.
And to top it off... The insurance company decided to stop paying for any service because the form asking if we use any other insurance wasn't in their money stealing dirty paws. So now we owe $800 for a stupid yearly physical. Apparently it's okay for an insurance company to stop paying while continuing to steal your monthly premium payments.
I had such big plans for the year (with showing Ava). Starting with local shows, and ending with a bid for regional championship competition (not that I have much hope of that, but I like to aim high!). Ava is exceeding my expectations, and I'm doing a passable enough job staying on that we could've been serious competition this year. Alas... We sit on the sidelines and watch as others go to show after show.
Our next hope of showing is June sometime. Either the local show (could possibly afford), or a rated show (probably can't afford but really want to go to).
We'll probably be training GP by the time we actually make it to a darn show! Grrrr....