Specific horse show goals

How specific are you goals when you show your horse?

I am showing my little horse, Vaquero, at the Quarter Horse Congress today. It is a class that I am using as a ‘warm up’ to prepare for the freestyle reining class a week from Saturday. So I need to be specific about my goals. To do this I organize my thoughts about the event.

1) I am entered to be able to ‘feel’ how my horse is mentally prepared for this show. When we enter the arena is he anticipating or is he waiting for my direction.

2) It would be nice to do well. A few years ago I took Roxy in the same class and ‘schooled’ as I am preparing to today and still managed to place in the top 10. I need to remember that this is dangerous ground though because if I begin to think about winning I may ride differently and it may cost me in my ‘real’ class-the freestyle.

3) But there are people watching! Oh yeah, these ‘warm ups’ are a good place for us humans to practice reading our own emotions. Feeling a little nervo….I mean excited? Dread? Fear? How balanced you feel will be part of the equation too.

Gotta go ride,

Stacy Westfall


  1. Nikki on October 8, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    Wow cool…..
    i just got tested too and relized, that when I want to do especially good, that I fail. Doesnt matter, if in real life, my job, my family….
    but my horse showed me and brought it to the point.
    I am happy, that you shared this piece of informagen with us.
    Thank you and keep up those awesome life blogs….
    Good luck to you and the little one… I am sure, we ll get to see some videos quite soon.

  2. susan talmage on October 8, 2011 at 8:50 am

    I will be there watching! Just posted on FB that you would be showing, your fans were wondering?

  3. stonepony1s on October 7, 2011 at 9:41 am

    good thoughts.

  4. Susan Philips on October 7, 2011 at 8:56 am

    Could U give me the web-site to watch the Congress LIVE??? I’d love to watch U show !!!!!


  5. Terri Anderson on October 7, 2011 at 8:55 am

    Wishing you lots of luck! I know you will do great!

  6. Lindsay on October 7, 2011 at 8:20 am

    Hope all goes well… Have a good ride !!

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