January 7, 2019

Tentative 2018 Show Plans

It's been fun to think ahead to 2019's show season.  I'm planning to mainly stick to schooling shows, with a couple of rated shows thrown in strictly because they're fun.  I may add another rated show in toward the end of the year if I feel like things are really going well, but mainly, my goal for this year is to feel confident at Second - and we don't need to pay the big bucks to do that (thankfully!)

February 9 - Majestic Farms Schooling Show (2-1)
Why: Get out and knock the rust off.  Show in a place Connor has historically been pretty difficult to show in (indoor arena, unfamiliar place).  2-1 is our sweet spot right now with no simple changes, even though I hope to spend the least amount of time doing this test this year.
Got some demons to exorcise from this ring
February 2017

April 13 - Heartland Pony Club Schooling Show (2-2)
Why: 20 minutes from my house, cheap, and it'll be a good opportunity to "move up" to the new 2-2 test. 
April 2017

May 11 - IDS Schooling Show (2-2, 2-3?)
Why: 20 minutes from my house, cheap, and maybe I want to play with doing two tests in a day at this one?
May 2017

June 1-2 - Balmoral Rated Show (We'll see how May's show goes before deciding what to enter here)
Why: I've wanted to show at the new Balmoral facility since HITS transformed it from a racetrack to a sporthorse facility a couple years ago.  It's a pretty easy 3 hour drive from home, and I love showing near friends in the Chicago area.

Heartland, 2014

July 13 - Majestic Farms Schooling Show (1-2, 1-3)
Why: IF we do decide to drop back to First Level for NDPC, I will probably use this show as a test run of those tests before NDPC the following weekend.  If we decide we're suddenly championship-caliber at Second, I may not go to this show at all.

IDS July, July 2012 (Awww)

July 18-21 - National Dressage Pony Cup (First Level?)
Why: It was so much fun in 2017, and I've never shown at Lamplight before.  Gotta represent those Dressage ponies!
NDPC 2017

*August 17-18 - Indiana Dressage Festival (2-2, 2-3)
Why: This one is a "maybe", but if I feel like we stand a good chance of getting our Second Level Bronze scores by this point in the season, I'll do it.  Again it's only 20 minutes from my house, which makes logistics easy.

It was pouring rain, hot and humid for this show, blegh.

September 28 - IDS Fall Schooling Show (2-2, 2-3)
Why: I doubt I'll be in the rideoffs this year, but this is still a good end-of-year show.

2018 IDS Fall Show

Anyone else planning on attending any of these?


  1. We'll see how Leo's going and IF he gets his pony card, but maybe I'll see you at NDPC!

  2. Good luck! It's great you have so many events nearby :)

  3. Hoping to hit several of these too! Prob not Balmoral this year, I'm prob going to stick close to home this year since money is super tight but that was my fav show in 2018! Pony cuuup!!! wooohhoooo!!!!

  4. I’m sure hoping to do NDPC this year but at this point I’m not sure if it’s going to happen. Fingers crossed I can find a way to make it work!

  5. I keep meaning to go spectate at Lamplight, maybe this will be the year I actually buy a ticket!