Well, the omnibuses (omnibii??) are not even out yet, and here I am digging through websites finding dates. LOL! The stressful part about putting together a show calendar in Maine in January is that I can't ride right now! OK, I can ride, but not train. But hey, I have shown horses for many many years and always done fine with my conditioning schedule and making it to early spring shows despite no indoor. Long slow miles on the road. That is why it pays to live in the middle of nowhere on a quiet street. :)
Anyway, here is what I think might happen this year:
April 19 SMDA schooling show (might be too early, need to play it by ear)
May 9/10 NEDA Spring (MA)
June 26-27 UNH USDF dressage show (NH)
July 11-12 Issac Royal USDF dressage show (ME)
July 25-26 Issac Royal USDF dressage show (ME)
Aug. 1-2 UNH USDF dressage show (NH)
Aug. 28-30 National Standardbred Championship show (NJ)
Sept. 9-13 NEDA Fall Festival (NY) This is the Region 8 championships, but I probably will not qualify, but do the open show.
There is also GMHA (VT) in both June and July. That is tentative though, and realistically I think it will be unnecessary to do GMHA at all. I love that place though! :) It stinks that there are not many USDF dressage shows here in Maine. And the ones out of state are far away. It is actually closer for me to go to UNH than to go to the IR show in Maine. Crazy! And UNH is the closest show at 1 hour, 20 mins. IR is over 3 hours away! And NEDA Spring is about the same.....NEDA Fall is nearly 6 hours. Good god!
I might decide to skip NEDA Spring and do an SMDA schooling show on May 17 instead. (Not only are the schooling shows cheap, they are only 30 mins. from the farm). It might just be too early in the season and doing a schooling show might be the smarter thing to do. Again, it depends on so many things. Also, if I just want to get out and do something, but I do not feel she is ready for NEDA, it would save me a ton of money to just do the one SMDA show as a warm up for the year.
Also I want to fit one event in this year. I will probably do one at Green Acres in NH and maybe one at Hilltop. I did one at each last year. I used to call myself an eventer who did dressage shows "for fun", but I have come to the conclusion, with my now 18 year old mare, that I am becoming a dressage rider who does events "for fun". And because I want to keep my mare sound and happy, I think a heavier dressage focus is my best bet. We will still school over jumps once a week and do the one or two events, but I do not want to do 4-5 events with her this year. I wanted to try Snowfields, the one USEA event here in Maine, but honestly I just don't know that I want to. She is comfortable and confident at 2'3". She is not the most talented jumper, but she is safe. While she can certainly go 2'7" to do Beginner Novice....I just don't know if that is the best plan.
We shall see. :) My mare will tell me what is right.
Now the decision must be made about which tests I will ride this year. I am thinking I will try Training 2 and 3.....and attempt 4 at some point in the later part of the year. But maybe I should stick with 1 again and........ This decision is harder and will have to be decided after we are back in full work this spring, along with lots of input from my instructor. :)
I hope now that I have posted this my plans will not all go to hell. :P