looking at the course map and doing my best to memorize where I had to go.
Then on the course walk , map in hand, I realized it only somewhat resembled the course in front of me.
The lines I drew on my course map, and thought I was going to ride, were different lengths than I imagined.
And who put 'that' one in the middle of where I planned to ride?
Sure I got to walk the course; good thing.
But there’s not much time to make a new plan when I’m still trying to remember the order of the obstacles, and I’m the third rider up.
I remember thinking, where’s number 3, and 4?
Am I supposed to trot that one or canter it?
Maybe you’ve had these thoughts too.
You finish your ride, breathe out and think
“Oh good, I didn’t DQ"
Then you watch the next rider who takes a different line than you on one of the obstacles and think well, huh. Why didn’t I go that way?
You are not alone. This happens to everyone.
That’s why I created the Rider Strategy Camp.
A place to give you the tools you need, to understand:
How the rules apply to your level.
Which lines are generally too tight, or short.
Where you could have taken a more efficient line?
You will be drawing and receiving feedback on your chosen routes
on a variety of maps, designed to scale, so you can train your eye.
With practice, and the feedback you receive in our private community, you will recognize the best line choices for your horse, more quickly.
When you see the actual course for the first time, you will be able to recognize where the challenges have been added for that level.
You can then choose whether to accept them, or find an easier path,
based on how your horse feels that day.