Overall, it wasn't the most exciting of meetings. There were nine kiddos in attendance and then me, the only adult member. Thankfully it sounds like there are other adults who signed up for Horsemasters so I won't always be the weird adult haha. I have no problem being the only adult, but it is definitely kind of awkward in a way. I mostly went in order to meet everyone and have some basic questions answered. The topic for the meeting was keeping records, and of course, that is not something I have ever had problems with.
|Exhibit A haha|
So, we were instructed to bring our own empty binder, but mine is already...full of things. ;-) I started filling in my new PC forms with a pen, and then our DC commented that she had sent us all an electronic copy. Of course, that meant the hardcopy I was filling in became a draft, as this type A overachiever is totally going to be typing it all up LOL.
Most of the info is pretty easy to fill out, my contact info, horse information, vaccinations, feeding, etc. There is a section we have to keep on conditioning, which I already halfheartedly do on the calendar hanging in my tack room. But this is a log that is supposed to be written in after each ride so I will have to become more diligent. The section on TPR changes will be a bit of a pain to record, but honestly, it is good data to be aware of and to keep track of (even when I don't have a fancy gadget to do it for me). Our DC said she would like to bring in someone to talk about conditioning, which would be interesting to hear for sure.
The only part that made me go OH NO WAY was the expense tracking sheet hahahaha. I much prefer to live in the (semi) dark about what my horses cost me. Ugggg and now I have to actually track it hahaha. Shoot me now!
I did get to chat with the DC towards the end, which was good. She seems like someone I will enjoy working with, and she is a teacher as well! I was able to find out about some of the logistics and how things will be run. It sounds like I can be as active as I want to be and can choose to do the certifications or not. I think it will depend more on Ellie and where she is in her training on when or if we do so. I mean, I think we could easily do the D level ratings this year at least, but at the same time, I am more concerned about bringing her along well and taking advantage of the mounted instructional opportunities than climbing the ratings or doing the rallies.
Overall, though it was a long night out for a school night (let's be real, getting home at 9pm on any night is tough as I am in my jammies and in bed long before then haha), it was worth going and makes me excited to consider the possibilities we might otherwise not have this year!