January 1 every year is an exciting day. It’s the beginning of lots of high hopes, goals and dreams. Usually, as a professional rider, you’ve got a stable full of fresh, sound horses that are looking ready to roll. For me, the New Year always brings a moment of reflection as I develop a game plan. On the strike of the New Year, my mindset usually shifts: December is usually a pretty easy month with lots of coaching, clinics, holiday drinks and overindulging in food. Come January 1, all of that changes and it’s time to get back to business. I start focusing on the horses’ training and fitness, I start getting myself back into shape, and I start getting dialed in for the big events that are upon us in spring.