I promised I would write about the final tests and the end of the very first UK Fast track!
So here I am, a bit later than expected but still alive.

Wednesday evening I tried studying but it didn’t really seem to go well as I already knew everything so I stopped and just relaxed, read a book and luckily decided not to go out with the rest so that I could go to bed at 9.30 PM.
That must have been the best decision ever because when I started the theory test on Thursday morning, I didn’t even need to think about it, all the words just came flowing out of my pen and without much thought, I finished the test in 20 minutes I believe. I was the first and I don’t think that has ever happened to me before on any test in my life (unless I count the times I really did not know the answers and just left everything blank :-)). Afterwards I found out I had 96% on my test, how cool is that? I’m pretty sure that the 4% was on the Walter Zettl collection ladder, unfortunately I couldn’t find my notes about that one so I relied purely on my memory.

The first tests at the beginning of the Fast track were spread over 2 days, this time we were doing them all on 1 day. That means that we had less tasks to do, but each task counted more towards the final score. I really enjoyed the tests as I decided the day before to choose to have fun no matter what. And I did! Some tasks were excellent, others were not as good as they could have been, but Fresco and I just had fun and I didn’t try to rush him as I did during the first set of tests. Obviously that does not work in your advantage with a RBI but somehow the pressure of those first tests made me turn into a direct line thinker and a chauvinist I guess. Good thing horses are so forgiving!

Some of the tasks we did well, but not within the time limit, I honestly didn’t care that much about the time line anymore as I was focused on my horse and I didn’t want to rush my horse just because I wasn’t savvy enough to do it all faster.

There was 1 thing I was absolutely sure of, and that was that we did way better than on the first tests, we were both more relaxed, we were more in tune with each other, certain tasks were 1 to 2 levels higher in quality and every single fast tracker just seemed so smooth and flowing the go. It was amazing to see how coordinated everyone was, no matter their level, no matter their age, no matter the breed or horsenality of the horse. Everyone seemed to be having fun, there were way more smiling faces than on the first few days and that is to me what proves the effectiveness of the Fast Track! It really is about having fun!

What struck me most, was that in the first set of tests everyone was trying to show things they couldn’t do yet, or only could do every now and then, and now everyone did what they could do for sure and therefore showed some amazing savvy.

So for those of you who didn’t see my results on facebook yet, I passed with flying colors and got a 76%!
I could not really believe it, that is an increase of 20% and beyond my wildest dreams. I really was aiming for 70% so that I could do the 1 week instructor course, but this result would almost qualify me for an externship (for that you needed 80%). For those of you who don’t know what an externship is, that is 12 weeks in the Colorado or Florida center. This is where you learn about the 4 area’s to develop in if you want to be a 2 start instructor and in case you would want to create your own facility:

  • Horsemanship
  • Teachmanship
  • Business administration
  • Facility Management and Design

I would like to thank you all for being so supportive by reading my blog and posting comments, I have really enjoyed it and  this is definitely not the end, I will be posting more about my journey with my horses and hopefully about my 1 week instructor course in Florida at the end of January.

Talk to you soon,


Wendy Joris
Wendy Joris

Al meer dan 30j gepassionneerd door paarden en mensen richtte Wendy Joris Mirror Horses VZW op in 2008 met als doel om zoveel mogelijk mensen en paarden hun leven te verbeteren zodat zij dan weer anderen hun leven positief kunnen beïnvloeden. Want zij gelooft in het "ripple" effect en dat iedereen zijn bijdrage levert in het verbeteren van de paardenwereld!

Laat hier van jou horen!

    4 replies to "The end, or rather the beginning…"

    • Congratulations. That’s awesome!

      Petra Christensen
      Parelli 2Star Junior Trainee Instructor
      Parelli Central

    • mirrorhorses

      Hey Ingrid, bedankt, het doet altijd deugd om te zien dat mijn verhalen interessant zijn en ook echt gelezen worden 🙂
      Ja we moeten zeker samenkomen, amai dat gingen we al een jaar geleden doen zekerst? Ik mail je wel!

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