Good on you! You look great on your horse. Daughter also had a great experience scribing for Barbara Ebner, whom she had never met. If you rode in front of her Sunday a.m., please excuse the handwriting!
I think there's nothing quite so terrifying as that first ride down centerline. But so rewarding when you are all done.
"I swear it happened just like this" - Leonard Cohen
Thanks, everyone!! I'm still on cloud nine . Nap, Barbara Ebner was the judge I rode in front of, and she was super nice with great comments. But I rode around 1:30 in ring 5, so I'm not sure if your daughter was the scribe or not.
What a blast. I keep staring at his picture. Such a sweet boy!
I couldn't make out the hearts on my phone this AM--how cute! And I seriously love the licky picture. His personality and your mutual affection shine through those photos. And I've known Judge Barbara for an eon, and she is a terrific judge, so be proud of yourself! Have a great week walking on that cloud
Congrats on a great show.. I'm not a dressage rider but I wanted to add in my similar experiences in a different sport. I've recently taken up snowboarding which is a sport in which if you lose the confidence things end up going worse and worse and one in which speed is your friend. Of course as I'm learning, my immediate actions when things start going bad are the absolute opposite of what's going to help me. I get nervous and lean back when in reality leaning forward is what I need to do. Completely different of course, but your experiences made me think of those feelings. To get past those fears, it requires that embracing of those fears, which you did this past weekend! You rode through it and nothing bad happened! I was going to suggest that you let him open up and "gallop" a bit so you knew you could get him back from those gaits and you knew he would listen but he seems to have done that for you at the horseshow!
Good luck to you and know that everybody has gone through those thoughts and fears at some point!