Dear HDS Members,
The 2016 Olympic season is upon us! I have always enjoyed watching the Olympics. They are “appointment viewing” in my house. The athlete performances are always amazing and many times the personal obstacles the athletes have overcome are significant. Most would agree the Olympics are inspiring and motivating.
This summer my family took a vacation to Greece. While in Athens, I saw the original Olympic stadium (Panathenaic Stadium) which seats only 13,700 spectators. I have a photo of the stadium below. Times have changed but the Olympics are still the gold standard for sports competition.
Knowing how focused and disciplined the athletes are inspires me to work harder on my own dressage riding. How many days have I said “it’s too hot”, “I’m too busy” or “I’m too tired” to ride? Serious athletes don’t make excuses, they get going. As we head into the fall show season, I’m going to try to stop making excuses and get in the saddle more. I hope the Olympics inspire you, as well!
Enjoy the rest of the summer.
Leslie Rohrer – HDS President