After a big, important show, it's always good to reflect on what has just happened. I like to look back and see if I would have changed anything. Were my final presentations good? Were my riders well prepared? Were they confident (very important!)? Did I keep everything orderly and running smoothly (equally important!)?? How about the little details like did everyone get enough sleep and get to eat sometime reasonable? How about the trip itself - was it without mishap (yes!)??
I believe all these factors make for a successful show. I can't control the judges' decisions or a child jumping up and down in the stands, and I certainly can't control the weather, but I can make darn sure I cover all my bases before the trip and during the show and then get everyone home safe and sound.
And yes, Canadian Nationals was a very good show for us again this year! I am proud of my riders, my horses and frankly of my work as a trainer and coach. It's an honor to show and compete with such great trainers and horses - I can't wait to do it again next year! See you next week, JD