It’s Tuesday today and still no internet access. Well we could get some in the lodge but at £5 per hour, so that to me is way too expensive even if I love to keep you all updated. We’ll be investigating with some other people later to see if there might be a free internet access somewhere, preferably somewhere where we can also have a drink!
Arriving here on Monday at Stoneleigh Park after settling the horses into their stalls for the 4 coming weeks, we got a very nice meal at the Oak tree restaurant. I was pleasantly surprised as all my friends told me UK food is not that good, but boy did I have a good meal! There was choice between a salad bar with really tasty salads, Panini’s or hot dishes, there were about 4 of them.
At 14.30 there was orientation in the classroom and the 2 Belgian girls were the last ones to arrive, about 2 minutes late! Oops let’s not go there again. Luckily the expectations weren’t as high yet as they would be for the upcoming weeks, we found out.
We got a very warm and interesting Welcome word from Carmen Smith and got to know the instructors a bit, then we did some games to get to know the other students as well.
After all of this we were ready to take our first test, a theoretical test.
Yes the Fast track starts with tests on pretty much everything.
The logic behind it is that you get the questions of your final exam on the first day, that way you are setup for success and it is easier to pass the exam, it really is up to you (or your horse) if you pass or not.
Also this is a great opportunity for you and the teachers to monitor your progress throughout the 4 weeks.
For those of you who are extremely curious, I’m sorry but I can’t give the questions of the test 🙂
It wouldn’t make sense if I did because it’s not about how good you are now at the start of the course, but how good you will be at the end of it!
This morning we had a test on our online skills and this test actually had a very awkward effect on me. I constantly needed to tell myself not to stress and not to worry about the result but think about the relationship. But my horse was very distracted, I was very task oriented and since there was a time limit, it made me go all direct line thinking.
I remember all the time having to tell myself not to go to that dark place of disappointment, but rather look at what great things we actually already can do seeing the circumstances (new place, new horses, new people and not to forget some extremely talented and skilled instructors watching us). I thought, is this what it feels like when Pat or Linda would be watching you? Probably times 1000 I’m sure.
This afternoon our freestyle riding was tested. I believe that lunch and the thought process going on in my mind made me more relaxed as the freestyle part went much better and was less stressing. And that is weird for me as I am more advanced online than I am in freestyle.
My confidence level was up and I had this “whatever happens happens” mentality and that’s what made the difference I think.
I have to say that I found the testing very interesting from a teachers point of view and I could notice the diligence that went into the consistency in teaching the instructors program as all of the instructors do and say exactly the same when it comes to the tasks, none of them can be bribed or talked into giving away too much information. They are all different with their own personality but they follow the exact same patterns.
Well anyways, I’m here now, finally done with the day, extremely tired but satisfied.
I’m not sure what is coming tomorrow but there really is no use to worry, it can only get better.
Greetings from Stoneleigh from a very tired woman!