My wife was there along with a group of three talented women in their late teens to mid 20's and their trainer, who were competing in various tests of precision riding over the course of two days. I know very little about horses and even less about riding them, but I was fascinated by the overall scene and impressed by the beautifully-orchestrated performances. Here's what I witnessed:
- meticulous preparation, down to the tiniest details, of both horse and rider;
- pre-show practice and rehearsal of what to expect in the show ring;
- laser-like focus on each event and its numerous elements (there are over 20 graded sections woven together in each test);
- performance following a well-defined plan, even though various sections somehow didn't go exactly according to plan, as the horse responded differently to cues than intended (or occasionally did not!);
- continuous adaptation to changing conditions, such that if one section of a test didn't go especially well, there was refocus and an opportunity to do better in the next section;
- for those who kept their head in the game throughout each test and "stayed connected" to the horse, despite some minor glitches, an overall good score was usually achieved;
- amazing support of each rider for the others: encouragement beforehand, support during, careful group analysis of each test afterward and celebration of good scores.
The well-trained horses generally responded to the rider's energy and focus and the riders supported one another, even though they were really engaged in individual competitions. While the exact outcome of each event was unpredictable beforehand, the results weren't random; the horses reflected their experience with the rider.
Horse Sense is truly the inspired result of Focus, Discipline, Action and Evaluation, exercised in an environment of mutual respect and trust. The same can be said of Business Sense.