Our opening CDI of the 2012 Para-equestrian season is now completed. All the equipment packed up and moved out and horses sent home or to local bording facility. And just think, as tired as we all are, in 2 days we get ready to do it all again. The format of a 5 day show, with the jog and a bye day is quite tiring. Now two shows baack to back will further stress the system.
My USA teammates and I ended up in second place behind Canada's team. We were off by 1-2 points, per level. Ultimately we can beat them, but we will al neeed to ride out best. Although the competition is important the learning and the friendships and camradery are what I notice most.Each of us dealing with our own less than perfect bodies and trying to ride to the best of our abilities Para riders want to win as much as anyone else, and we are willing to work for it. The different nations make for fascinating sounds drifting through the air. I have made friendships with many people from foreign lands and look forward to each show to renew old acquaiences and make new,
Tired and happy and after some rest, I will want to do it all over again.