Keep Your Eye On The Prize.

This weekend we attended a small open horse show in our area.

This particular show is great to take beginners to practice but it  is always a challenge for us.

You have to go with the attitude of having fun and just having the best ride you can because our western classes are sometimes combined with walking horses etc. (An apples againse oranges kind of class)

It’s kind of like what Forest Gump said, “it’s like a box of chocolates, you never know what you are going to get”. (I know I changed that quote around a bit)

So we wait and wait for the kids walk trot class. It was a hot Georgia day.

Finally the class arrives. The kids go in. And one of the girls loses focus on the horse and lets him put his head up and look around for about a quarter of the arena.

The judges calls for the trot and of course the transition is far less than what the horse is capable of.

So the jog the first direction was far from what the horse & rider were capable of .

She pulled it back together and did a great job the second way.

But, the blue ribbon was lost.

I thought how symbolic that was to reaching our goals.

We lose focus on what we are trying to achieve and miss the prize! And we end up far from reaching our potential.

The saving grace is there is always another horse show and a new day to start over.

Winning of course, is not all about blue ribbons. It’s about the ride.

So if your like me, let’s take a moment to get back focused on “the prize” or what we are striving to accomplish and get back in the game. :)

It’s like shooting for the stars, even if we don’t make it we’ll be much closer than when we started.

There’s a quote from the bible I have hanging stuck on the refridgerator in the barn.

“So let’s not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we don’t give up or quit.”  Galations 6:9 The Message

FOCUS! Dont’ give up or quit!!! Keep your eye on the prize.

3 Responses to Keep Your Eye On The Prize.
  1. Eric
    September 2, 2011 | 1:13 pm

    GREAT ARTICLE!!

  2. liz hines
    September 25, 2013 | 5:15 am

    also love this and kids losing focus hahaha story of my summer every summer! the best thing about youth classes tho. is almost every kid stops payin attention eventually and when you get a chance to watch your child or the child youv trained go from competitive super star to just a kid enjoying ther horse. As a trainer and teacher sometimes i actually lose sight of why i started training in the first place… because i love horses i love ridding and whenyou finally get it right its the best feeling in the world. also a reminder to myself to let my students teach me a thing or two.

  3. Jenny Rohlen
    October 8, 2013 | 12:04 am

    So true. So true. My students become the teachers quite a lot :)

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