I am preparing to go to Florida to ride for several months with Heather Bender. I feel like a kid at Christmas, a strange mix of excitement and anticipation! I am so excited at the prospect of being a working student with one of the great dressage riders of our time. However, I have so much to do to prepare that I am having all sorts or emotions I am not even sure I can identify them all. Leaving behind a stable life to live your dream can be both exhilaration and terrifying all at the same time.