Shanna, our intern, took initiative to write these thoughts out…on our way home from CDW-Rancho Murieta.
The Top Ten Things I Learned at Cowboy Dressage Worlds 2016 (not completely related to horses)
I learned many things this year at Cowboy Dressage Worlds 2016, from how to critique a ride, to making the most of the blessing of humor.
- I learned that to keep positivity, motivation, and laughter in your life, you must surround yourself with people who share a common interest, and have a similar outlook on life, but are not exactly the same person you are.
- I learned to treasure the wisdom and stories of the elderly; to slow down your own spinning teenage world, and soak in as much wisdom as you possibly can. You have to stop, listen, and learn from their life experiences.
- I learned preparation and organization will make every thing you do more relaxing in the long haul.
- Life is too short to take it seriously. Laugh whenever you get the chance.
- I learned you will only ever be as good as your leader, so choose them wisely. Think to yourself ” Who do I want to be like?”
- I learned not everyone is exactly like you. You must learn in life to balance your personality with others, and bring out the positive in both to create a team.
- To do something and be passionate about it, it must line up with what you believe, no exceptions.
- Soft feel, release, and connection takes more than thirty days to develop; it takes partnership, dedication, and time.
- “Good tack”, also known as expensive tack, does not make a good rider. Also, good food always improves the morale of a team.
- You must use the restroom when you stop for gas.