February is my favorite month of a number of reasons.

For one, it’s my birthday month. It’s also my mom’s birthday month. It’s Oscar season. In Florida, it usually means the weather is nice.

And in February, the Winter Equestrian Festival is in full swing.

Hanging out at the Wellington Eventing Showcase.

Hanging out at the Wellington Eventing Showcase.

Last week I drove down to Wellington to get my annual fix of the grand prix level jumpers and dressage horses. I always learn so much from quietly auditing at the bigger shows. This year was exciting because I also witnessed my first three-day event, the Wellington Eventing Showcase.

Needless to say, I had a blast. I spent too much money in Welly World tack shops. I got to watch the Longines World Cup Qualifier as part of the Wellington Masters at Deeridge Farms. I saw a lot of fancy horses and some of my favorite riders.

When it came time to head home, I couldn’t wait to get back out to my barn. I left Welly World feeling rejuvenated and inspired to set new goals with my hanoverian mare, Belinda. We’ve had a bit of a tough year. A prolonged lameness and a really wet summer bogged us down. I bought a horse trailer, but my mare still isn’t great about loading in it.

I’ve babied Belinda more than other horses I’ve had because of her age. She’s no spring chicken at 18 this year. But my trainer, my vet and chiropractor constantly remark on how healthy and athletic she is. I was surprised to hear that so many of the top competitors I oogled over were riding horses there were in their late teens and competing effortlessly at the top levels of our chosen sport.

So I’ve scheduled lessons and am charting our way to show later in the year.

It’s time to get our butt in gear again.

Here’s a short video of us working on some grid work at home: