I don't want to date myself, but some of you guys know me personally, and you know I'm a senior. Been showing horses since the 1970's. I used to get so worked up before a show, I would make myself sick, really, couldn't even eat, so scared I'd lose it in the ring. I've made so many mistakes in the ring I can't remember them all. Once the judge was calling my number, as I'd gotten second in a class of 16, and I was so shocked my legs were frozen in place, they had to call me three times, before my head told my legs to move it! One of the last big boo boo's I made was in 2008 at AMHA EAstern Regenols, (not to mention my spelling) was I forgot my glasses at the tack stall, so asked someone else the showmanship pattern, well she told me the wrong pattern, so here I am doing the wrong pattern and looking like an idiot! Oh well, we are all humane and we all make mistakes. This how I learned to get home and still sleep at night and not dwell on mistakes, losing or winning. ONce I load the horses and all my junk into the trailer and head home, I concentrate on getting home, my hubby, my dogs, my horses left at home, anything to take my mind off of the show! Of course when you get home a glass of wine, or a couple of cold beers help!
When I get home after unloading all my junk and horses, I rehash the show with whoever didn't go, and the best thing is, I start planning for the next one, that keeps my spirits up. As for winter, I look forward to getting the next batch of show horses in the indoor for training, and all the open show banquets to get dressed up for. So the moral of this story is, inorder to keep yourself up, keep planning for the next event, no matter how far away it is.