Somehow it feels like time to move on, the continuing journey maybe? For anyone who doesn't know the start of our story is here Fergie - The journey - From Pasture Puff to Dressage Diva, and we have come a long way from there! I have got braver and so has she, though we still have our moments....but rather than the start point of wondering if I would keep her, if she was too much for me, we are now starting the journey to ride at 2nd level.....not sure how long a journey this one will be. She has already taught me so much, and as an old bird it is still faintly embarrassing to admit that there is so much that I didn't know, so much I am still learning....BUT the thing is, neither Fergie or I are young, but we are both learning... Oh yes, and our goals for this year...well we are entering the All Breeds Show in June at the barn...doing as many of the Western classes as we can, which means we will have to practice riding one handed! Also at that show they have a ground poles class that can be ridden English or Western, so we are going to do that. As part of my own development I have signed up for a couple of vaulting lessons later in the year....not that I want to vault, but I think it will be a great confidence booster going forward. Our start point, well we will take yesterdays group lesson, three western dressage riders, and one English on her baby Warmblood, who kept being overtaken by us.... Lets see, well poor Fergie has an issue, the scary end of the arena remains scary, down at A and the roller door, she doesn't spook very often now, but is suspicious of it still, always rolling an eye in that direction. Yesterday life got worse, because at the C end of the arena you can hear the pig squealing in the barn, so now A end is scary, then there was a small avalanche of ice and snow above B...so now the whole arena is scary! I had someone hold her so I could get on, and we are off, she wasn't in the mood for standing still! I now know on days like that I just have to get her working and give her something to focus on, rather than looking for mischief, and largely we succeeded. The lesson, was mainly transitions again, both between gaits and in the gait, so lengthening and shortening, using half halts to balance but the actual transitions using only the body, not reins at all, it was fun. FINALLY we got back to cantering today, having been held up by my chest infections, stupid knee and Arctic temps - and it was AWESOME....best canter/lope work we have ever done, and that was achieved by sitting still and not messing with her.... So onwards and upwards, first show in March, doing Basic and First at that one, Basic and First in May, All Breeds in May, then MAYBE try 2nd in July if we are ready...lots of work to do before then.