As I alluded to in a previous post, my dog’s vet bills were… more than the cost of almost my entire show season budget. Which is… less than fun. However, losing my part leaser meant that I really don’t have to split up my show season SO I am trying to rework it to see if we can still achieve that Novice goal… but just with more schooling shows.

My first thought was the below:

June 16th Combined Test – BN
June 30th Schooling Horse Trial – BN
July 28th Schooling Horse Trial – BN
August 10th Hunter Pace – JUMP ALL THE THINGS!
August 18th Schooling Horse Trial – Novice
September 14 – 15 Recognized Horse Trial – Novice

Then I added in the costs… OOOF.

Still.. more than I want to spend. So I pared it down further:

June 16th Combined Test – BN
July 28th Schooling Horse Trial – BN
August 10th Hunter Pace – JUMP ALL THE THINGS!
August 18th Schooling Horse Trial – Novice
September 14 – 15 Recognized Horse Trial – Novice

However… this really just doesn’t feel like enough for me to make the move up to Novice. Even though the recognized show is soft.

So it will probably look more like:

June 16th Combined Test – BN
July 28th Schooling Horse Trial – BN
August 10th Hunter Pace – JUMP ALL THE THINGS!
August 18th Schooling Horse Trial – BN
*November 3rd Schooling Horse Trial – N

This saves me… a lot of money. Maybe it means that next year we can do more recognized events and move up to Novice at a recognized event then.

*EDITED TO ADD – As one of my lovely readers pointed out, there is no Novice level Horse Trial at that venue hahahahahaha. Oh well, giving up for now. 

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  1. God life’s a bit of a bugger some times isn’t it? Fingers crossed this schooling plan goes ahead so you can move up ASAP.

    Well, that or you find a suitcase full of cash and nobody asks any questions.

    1. Of course, the Novice HT Schooling doesn’t exist hahahaha. So there goes those plans

  2. I don’t think the Nov FCF MT has a N…I think they just go to BN

    1. Bahahah! You are totally right! I think they are doing combined tests at N and T though, so maybe that is what I will aim for. Thanks!

  3. Ugh, I’m sorry, that’s a bummer. The things we do for our pups (and horses)! Even if the move up isn’t in the cards this year, I’m sure you’ll still have a ton of fun getting out to some shows. There’s always next year!

    1. Yes! I totally need to look on the bright side. It’ll be a fun summer with my barn family, no matter what. 🙂

  4. Ugh! Why CAN’T money grow on trees? Or our dogs not cost us so damn much!

    1. But dogs are family, so we will keep shoveling out the cash for them 😉

  5. I wish you were a bit closer to Ohio, we have options for you! I bet you’ll come up with lots of lower cost fun stuff to do, May is so versatile!

    1. Me too! We’re super lucky to have all the option we DO have, so I try not to complain. (If I was still in NJ, none of this would be possible.) Honestly, I wish I had a trailer to go to hunter paces and fun rides and what not instead!

      maybe one day!

  6. Such a damper when reality kicks in – I’m hoping that something fortuitous comes your way!

    1. Reality blows! Maybe I’ll win the lotto 😉

  7. That’s why I take the buddy my head in the sand and ignore money tactic. Not that it helps much. Sorry things won’t pan out the way you hoped. I hope you get out for fun adventures regardless.

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