The great thing about show jumping is that there's always tomorrow. Always another show, another goal, another circuit. As soon as the outdoor season has come to a close the indoor circuit commences.
Yesterday I jumped Splendor in the Grand Prix in Cavan where he was double clear and finished second. I have sold him to Egyptian rider Ahmed Tolba but I will still compete him until Christmas. Next weekend I take Splendor and the very promising seven year-old Irish mare, Arabella, to the four star show in Caen, France.
K Club Lady is enjoying her break presently and I will aim her along with Splendor and Ballymore Eustace at the five star shows at Brussels, Paris and London Olympia, which all take place in the weeks prior to the year's end.
I always try to make an outline plan six months in advance and am working out the logistics of travelling to the United Arab Emirates for five weeks early in the New Year. Directly after that, the Sunshine Tour in Spain is on the menu and I plan to jump some promising but inexperienced horses there, as well as taking some students along with their own horses.
I find it exciting to make such a plan, watch it come together and develop the horses and riders along the way. It has been a fantastic year so far, both with competing and trading. I am fortunate that through my world top 40 ranking I get invitations to almost any show I would like to compete at. The only hard part is having enough horses to jump at that level. My goal over the next few months is to find two Grand Prix horses that can go along with K Club Lady, thus making her job easier, and also some exceptional young horses that can be produced with a view to selling after Spain.
Goals are a vital ingredient towards achieving success. Sometimes you may fall short of your target but in my experience deciding on the goal and the target is well over half the battle.
Check back next week to see how Caen goes.