Harmless Dilettante What I should have said was nothing.
It looks like it will be another five or six months or so until I get to start riding Penelepe. She’s just too green for me to ride safely right now. It’s not what I wanted, but I’d much rather be safe than hurt or dead.
Winnie has really blossomed with just two professional training sessions per week. She’s scheduled to show first level in just a few weeks, plus I’m going to ride her in my first dressage schooling show ever at the same time. I’m going to take this next six months and try to ride a second level test on her myself. Yesterday, I did a decent training level test 1 on her. My instructor wanted me to show her first level initially. So, riding the second level tests, even at home, is a pretty ambitious goal. Still, I think it’s worth doing as the higher she can go with an amateur, the greater my chance of finding a buyer for her.
I’ll revisit this goal then, and I’ll try and bump her price up to cover the costs of extra training. If my trainer can get get her to third level by then, I think that’s a really realistic goal.