Sorry it's been so long since I've posted. If you read my other blog "This Horse Life" on my website affordableridinglessons.weebly.com you will see what all has kept me occupied! But anyways the quote today really inspired me. What is success? Winning the NFR multiple times, owning the biggest, best barrel breeding program, clearing over a million in earnings or having horse of the year might be at the top of the your list, but what about someone that puts the first 30 rides on that horse of the year? What about the coach that helped the woman start riding horses and now she's just won the NFR. Is the coach or trainer any less of a success story? When does winning titles get tiring or boring or does it ever? Everyone starts out with goals. Some are higher then others, but there is always many people that are steps in the path to success. Who matters more? A foundation on the horse can make or break the whole horse and someone that trains multiple young horses takes much time and dedication. The reason I'm writing this is because I ran for years and I hit burnout, now I'm not running much anymore, but I'm teaching students. I have fears and insecurities every single day. I'm not Martha Josey, Charmayne James, or Brittani Posey-Pharr. I don't have Stringray standing in my barn. Why would anyone want to come to me, I'm mainly doing beginner lessons, I sure don't have the big names calling and asking me for advice, but am I a failure? Did I quit running because I wasn't winning? No I have a trophy wall to prove my record, but no longer was it fun for me or my horse I needed a break. To the second statement, of me teaching mainly beginners, does that mean that I'm not a good teacher or that I can't help others? Not neccesarily. Entry level riders are what will keep our sport going and if I am getting the opprotunity to put the foundation on them that is a huge blessing and honor. No bad habits have been developed so what I do is the whole start for them good or bad. Will I ever run again? Possibly, I've got some super great horses in my barn that have proven themselves also and I know we can do it again, but I want it to stay fun. So back to that question, what is success?