I'm embarking on a new adventure this weekend. I am stepping up my game, kicking myself in the butt, going for broke, I could go on but I guess that would be stalling. Which I am really good at.
I am an irregular reader of several horse magazines. Most of my favorites are geared towards the western rider. I read a high tech performance magazine, a ranch horse magazine and a magazine geared towards women who primarily ride western, among others.
I have noticed over the years that Colorado trainers are sorely under-represented in these publications.
It isn't because they aren't any good, there are Colorado trainers in the top-ten of the major world shows every year. I don't think it's because they aren't good looking enough, trust me, there are some hotties out there, so what is it?
I had myself a little AHA! moment. Maybe, just maybe, there isn't a Colorado writer pursuing these trainers.
I have been pounding the keys for the paper on a daily basis for going on 8 months. I am not even on the B-list as a journalist yet, but I have been working hard on cleaning up my prose and learning to write "just the facts, ma'am, just the facts." I also have gotten pretty good at giving a pertinent interview.
After spending many years hanging out with the reined cowhorse crowd, I have a good rapport with most of the top guns, both open and non-pro. I was never good enough to be threatening to anybody, but was just good enough to be helpful when asked. This got me some good connections and a few strong friendships.
I also know a few cutters, a reiner or two, some of the major players in Ranch Horse Versatility and even an all-arounder.
So here's my big plan.
I called a friend of mine who has shot to the top of his game in the last couple of years. So this Sunday I'm going out to his training facility and we're going to visit. I'm taking the kidlet, who's a pretty sharp photographer and she's going to do her thing.
I've been studying my target magazines, how the story runs, what kind of photo's they like, that kind of thing.
I think I'm ready.
I'm going to give it a shot.
I'm a little nervous.
All advice is welcome.
Here I go.
I mean it.