It was hot. Think Champagne Run at the Park hot. Sorry, no results for you at Novice. We had the worst dressage score I've ever had and had a refusal at our first stadium fence, but otherwise had a good day. Did I mention that I'm riding a greenie (his first recognized)?
Sonny was great! He was warming up awesome for dressage, but I got a bit tense in the ring because it was my first time doing Training Test B all the way through. I'm already challenged with circles at X so the 15m were hard, haha. In the pictures he looks really good to me though. The judge has given us 72% and 73% at a dressage show and a 31 at Novice, but she was tougher on me this time, . Well anyway, a 39.5 put us in 14th.
Stadium was fun and very nice with the exception of the last vertical which we got flat to and had an awkward jump. He was jumping so well even after he ended up having to stand in the shade for over 30 minutes before the round. People were having tons of rails so I was very pleased with him.
Cross country was a bit randomly designed, but not in a way that affected the flow. I don't know how to describe it, but it rode well. I have been working on fitness with Sonny, but it is taking so much longer than I thought it would! So I planned on not pushing him for time especially with heat. I wasn't sure if I was being a wimp, but I thought it felt as hot as July this weekend too. We had a clear round with a couple of awkward jumps, but he was awesome. It was fun! If I had pushed him for a longer, faster gallop in between we would have made time like at Chattahoochee Hills but as it was we ended up having 4.4 time faults.
So in the end we finished 11th, but I'm happy. My grandparents drove down from upstate NY to watch me at a show for the first time and see their first ever horse trial, and they had a great time. They think eventers are some of the nicest people they have ever met. And I love Sonny! My grandparents can take him on walks without any problems.
I really want to work on fitness this next month though. He can trot and trot and trot, but the gallop tires him much quicker especially in the heat. We have called and called the farm with the aquatred without a response so I think we will just drive over there.
I'm doing BN, and I have to second that it was REALLY hot! My mare had her best dressage score to date :-) but came in akward to fence 8 in stadium and I flubbed and had to circle her we are sitting 6th going into cross country.
I watched a bunch of the novice cross country as some friends were riding and was surprised at the number of stops I was seeing. In 1 1/2 hours I saw 2 horses retire from too many stops, one rider fall off, and probably 5 horses have trouble at the water complex. The course didn't look too hard ? but there may have been some green horses on course.
Well, we just got home after our long drive back. Yes, it was HOT! We have been having these lovely spring temps up here and I did an event last weekend where the high was 60 and breezy. This weekend felt like July! I felt bad for my poor mare having such an extreme change in temps! Unfortunately, we rode dressage around 2 and did stadium about 5:30 pm. We had a decent enough dressage test (for Training test B, which BTW, I hate!) and the crappiest stadium ever. I don't know if it was the lack of ground lines (plus no fillers whatsoever), or the heat, but we were not on our game. However, the x-c was a blast. We went clean and I was particularly proud of us making the turn nicely in the bending line coffin AND the S- turn with the bank complex. The only odd thing in the course was (I thought) the weird approach to the water. But it rode fine. There seemed to be a lot of stops on x-c at Jump 6 and a few others. Maybe that was just my division. Anyway--I left before they had any of the scores up so I have no idea where I ended up. We had fun, but I was glad to get in the air conditioned truck for the drive home!!!
Knowing Champagne Run, they won't post scores until the end of the week, and maybe never. However, the USEA has been getting scores up QUITE quickly recently, even as early as Tues or Wed after the show.
The BN x-c was lovely- quite galopy one interesting S turn (jump, turn left, bank up, turn right to a fence) and for some weird reason the water was catching horses out left and right at all levels (my guy too who trotted down, stopped, and stepped in- Refusal ). The photographer was Xpress Foto http://www.photoreflect.com/pr3/store.aspx?p=5242
BN XC was so much FUN!!!!! The bank at fence 4 was the most challenging thing, but the water to a hedge was getting a few people too. Maydaze was a ton of fun! www.xpressfoto.com did the pics and said they should be up later on this week.
Tiny did fine. I don't know what it is about me in dressage - I did warm-up absolutely perfect. When she hangs on the rein in warm-up, I DO something about it ! I think 'ok, TinyP, now stop that' and whatever I do - sometimes right, sometimes wrong - she stops leaning. Then I get in the arena... and she's leaning, and I go "oh, Tiny, you're leaning on the rein. Bummer. I wish you weren't". I'm a bit of a numpty.
Sooo... I was pleased with a very generous 34, which is 16 points better than she did at her first dressage test in mid March.
Stadium she just flew round no problem. She's done coloured poles 4 times now so she knows All About Them and wants No Help from her elderly rider, thankyou very much.
XC was super cool. We were almost last to go at 2:40 - and it was not all that hot ! She was tied 2nd at this point, so I had to find out what the rules were for a tie. And then I had to buy a watch, and then learn to use it Warm-up was hilarious. Everyone was on BIG bay grown-up looking horses, and very professional looking (I had inadvertently chosen 'Beginner Novice Horse' rather than 'Beginner Novice Rider' which was probably a mistake ) and everyone looked highly intimidating.
10, 9, 8 etc ... I so tried to hold her back, but we arrived at fence 9, and my watch was reading 1:03 which is errr ... somewhat faster than I was planning, her little legs must have been going at a fair old rate ! so we goofed around and slow-cantered a bit ... and got to listen to the announcer who was English (yay!) and was very complimentary about my Little One.
Soooo.... we made it to within 5 seconds of the optimum time, which I think is reasonably accurate ? I wasn't sure how much tolerance there would be in me clicking the start and the stop button in my new purple gloves, so I thought I'd leave a few seconds in hand.
So Tiny came in second, and I LOVE my little pony. What was even better was that a couple of my friends from different areas, were also there, all in different divisions, and 2 of them had wonderful runs and qualified for the National championthings - so we're thinking about actually going - although it would be rather silly, it would be fun with these guys !
KateWooten-- I think I saw you as you left the upper warmup ring at the dressage! I was leading a bay TB who screeched to a halt so he could check out someone's manure, and we both laughed about it.
Anyway, Taco was a Very Good Boy and I learned a lot from him.
Our dressage was OK-- I "had" him in warmup and was thinking my test would be great, but then lost some of the connection for the test itself and it didn't score that well. 37.9.
XC was the best fun! We hit a rhythm and just clocked around. When I looked at the pics yesterday our jumping photos all have him with uneven knees, but I felt that he was very balanced and responsive, and the galloping pics all show him in a good balance. I went with the pace that was comfortable for him, which meant we went around at around 400 mpm (speed was supposed to be 350).
I was very frustrated with myself after stadium. He warmed up fantastic and then we got in the ring and he was looky and a little backed off. This was when I needed to insist on some giddyup and send him forward, right? Unfortunately I rode a little bit backwards and conservatively, and we had some unpretty fences and a rail that was totally my fault. With our added 4 faults we wound up 7th.
But it was a good, constructive weekend and Taco was such a pleasure.
Oh, and I got to use my US Rider membership on the way home-- my truck blew out a tire less than 20 miles from home and it was *quite* an ordeal to get the spare tire out from under the truck. Finally the young man they sent was able to do it, and Taco, who stood very patiently and quietly on the trailer as all this happened, was able to go home and cover himself with mud in his very own field. PSA: if you have a Ford with a spare tire mounted under the bed, remove it and keep it IN the bed instead!
Hello CookiePony - yes, I remember you. Every poo tells a story Good looking horse though - he stretches down lovely I don't envy you the trip back - mine was uneventful, and I will go and get a spare tire today - I've been pushing my luck a little without one.
MayDaze was not only very warm, but very humid, too. I was a bit worried how Tess would handle cross country, but she didn't seem to mind the hot weather at all.
Our dressage test went fairly well. We had 32.5 penalty points, which put us in 2nd place.
Because I had gotten a TE for jumping a Novice fence on cross country, last year, I spent Friday evening walking the cross country and forgot to walk the stadium. By the time that I remembered, they were not allowing any more course walks for my division. After watching several riders go, I learned the course. I doubt if walking the course would have prevented my rail down, because it was rider error that caused the rail to drop. We went from 2nd to 4th place.
I thought the the BN cross country course was much better designed this year. It had a good flow and nice long galloping stretches. We finished in 3rd.
I want to thank all of the Volunteers who made this event possible! Great job!!!
Auburn: congratulations! I remember reading about poor Tess's battle with pneumonia earlier this year. I bet you were so thrilled to be back at an event with your own horse!
Cookiepony: congrats also! I apologize because when you walked past me riding Taco and pointed him out--I was so hot and out of it that I didn't catch it until you were a ways past me. Sorry about that! It sounds like you both had a great weekend. I'm the one who talked with you about Taco while we were getting our packets on Thursday night! Thanks for the tip on the spare. I have always had tires "blow" on my trailer but never on my truck. I just bought a new trailer and asked them to install the spare on the outside for easy access. I didn't want it to be in my dressing room where we have to dig it out from under all of the tack and equipment! Another tip for those untimely tire blowouts.
I had a great weekend with Max! Our dressage was a bit tense, but a 34.2 is not too bad. We had a few 8's and good comments and lots to work on. He was a rock star XC and stadium - the best round to date and I got it on tape (Thanks Dad and Anne). We ended in 5th place. My daughter was delighted to have the pink ribbon Hopefully will be showing at Midsouth!