Thank you, again, for responding to my blog entries! I thought I would answer another question from your comments. Later this week, I will fill you in on my experiences at the Old Salem II horse show.
How old are you and how do you handle going to horse shows, riding at a top level, and going to school?
I am a 17 year old junior at Holmdel High School in Holmdel, NJ. Juggling school and riding can be rather challenging, particularly, when I have to take several tests, complete a great deal of homework, ride at the barn after school and participate in horse shows on the weekends. Hours of sleep are often lost, time with friends and extended family will be often sacrificed and “downtime” can be a rare occurrence. Nevertheless, I absolutely love what I am doing and will do whatever it will take to achieve my goals. Without the support and assistance of my parents, my school district and my trainers, the “balancing act” would be more taxing and a less gratifying experience. I realize how truly fortunate I am to have had many great opportunities and I am very thankful to those who have helped me along the way.