A small brag - sometimes it's not the score that counts
Two years ago Mr. PM decided he wanted to start eventing (he'd done one or two beginner novices on our big draft cross). Long story short we bought a TB off the track, sight unseen, shipped him all the way across the country and got lucky with a lovely, sound minded boy. Horse spent four months with a pro while Mr. PM was in the middle east, current trainer showed him at the first event of the season last March, and Mr. PM completed two local BN events this past spring.
In the interim he's decided his goal is to get qualified for and complete the Heart of the Carolinas Three Day at Novice level in May of 2013.
This past weekend we traveled to Pinetop. First overnight experience for horse, who has previously only done one day events, first novice for Mr. PM, first time in almost three and a half years I have managed an eventer road show, AND he had only me to coach him.
It was a terrific learning experience for all, he and the horse visibly improved at each step of each phase. He was most pleased with dressage, despite scoring that was less than imaginative (the really nice movements got a 6. The really crappy movements got. . . a 6) SJ was a pretty technical course, with some terrain that he has not dealt with before. Took the first four fences (and two rails) to get it in gear, the rest of the course was beautiful. XC was great to include horsey rocket launching himself into the Tidy Bowl blue water and Mr. PM "mark todding" it up over the bank out, three strides to the bench with no stirrups. (My son accused his father of being a show off with this move and remarked that since both irons were lost this would be referred to as a "double todd" )
End result was a completed novice. One down, three to go. Thanks to Gooddirt for a great event (and the little niceties like getting the portajohns serviced EVERY morning!) and to John Williams who took over as coach for show jumping (and remarked to me after the second rail came down that would be the last time I'd have him warm Mr. PM up )
Now. . . 19 days and counting until we are on a ship in the Carribean!