We went to school the horses on Saturday at the indoor ring in Moorsele, Belgium. It was a huge ring and they set a lovely course for us. It was just like being at a show. I have to say, after jumping them I feel like the horses and I are right on schedule.
Tristan feels in top form. He definitely has his own opinion about some things and can get a little excited when we go to new places, but he was all about business once he started jumping. Our partnership is still new, but every time I ride him he gives me so much confidence.
We were driving home from Lummen today and I was thinking about how calm I feel. It was actually more stressful running around trying to get qualified for the FEI World Cup Final. I didn’t start qualifying until so late in the season that it really came down to every point. My best friend, Michelle Spadone, says that I became the World Cup points “expert” because I knew everyone’s points and their drop scores.
I was making myself a nervous wreck counting points because I wanted to qualify so badly. But now with World Cup just a week away I feel excited; being here just feels like the icing on the cake!