2012 Goals

2012 is here and I feel inspired to write about goals. A month ago, my assistant trainers and I headed to Cabo for a short and relaxing trip. Prior to the trip, a couple of my clients gave me a book called, “The Happiness Project”. At first, I was concerned that it was a self help book, but was pleasantly surprised. This book, I feel, was a turning point in my life as I started to reflect on my business, health/fitness, friends/family and my home.

One quote I took away was “happiness is growth”. I thought about this…and a light bulb went off. I am happy when I am growing, whether it is training a new young horse or going to the gym and getting stronger. I also feel growth through my riders as they grow. I love seeing the smiles on the faces of my riders when they have an ‘ah-ha’ moment or when they feel successful in the ring, whether in the show ring or at home during a lesson.

Over the years, I have to admit, I have not been good at goal setting. I have set small goals for myself in the past and I have always achieved them. So, if I can achieve small goals, why not get more detailed in my goal setting, which this year, I geared towards GROWTH.

In my business, I think it is critical to do goal setting for all the riders and their horses. I love sitting with my juniors, even the very young ones, and discussing goals and expectations with them and their parents. We are all on the same team and need to work together to accomplish our goals. For younger riders, their goals may be as simple as learning to canter…as for the older juniors, they may have huge goals, such as qualifying for medal finals. So the question becomes…how do we achieve these goals and are they within our financial and our horses capabilities?

I am excited about 2012 and look forward to many areas of growth. As it pertains to my business; it is continuing to support my riders by helping them to reach their goals, by developing new riders in the Riding Academy and expanding the KMT Schooling Show Series.

So…start setting your goals…writing them down…and GROW IN 2012!!!


Welcome to Team KMT’s Blog! I, Kelly Maddox, look forward to sharing all the exciting show news and barn happenings with everyone. I decided to create a blog so that I could share horse show updates, write about lesson ideas and to keep everyone in the barn loop. I encourage everyone to leave encouraging comments and thoughts. Furthermore, if you have an idea or something you would like to share with the barn, let me know…let’s get it on the TEAM KMT BLOG!!!