I have been fortunate enough to travel to Florida again this year. I brought Marco and he hasn't disappointed. I've taken no less than 2 dressage lessons a week and have traveled to Ocala for jumping lessons as well. It's always so nice to come down here and I always wish I could stay longer. Obviously, the opportunity to leave Ohio the last two winters is a major bonus but the learning opportunities and chance to focus on my riding and my own horse's training for a month is huge. At home, it seems there are always a million and one things that take precedence.
I've also ventured beyond just riding and tackled my first half marathon. It was a big accomplishment for me and I was really happy when 4 months of training paid off with a decent result. Just like riding, there are improvements that could be made to be more successful next time out but my body is fit and strong and it has complimented my riding.
We head back to Ohio the second week of March and I'll be preparing for Spring Bay. I'm anxious to start teaching again. I'll be marketing Piccolo as well; it's time to find her an easier job. She has years of competitiveness left in her. It's not an easy decision since I've had her for over 8 years now but I feel the best for both of us.