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  1. #1
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    Default So Poplar this weekend....

    was very wet.

    Anyone else?

    Despite a god awful dressage, I clawed my way up to 6th in the ON. I can't really say much else besides what I posted on my facebook last night:

    "Apparently, when my options are "fall off in 4" of standing water and mud" or "ride to the base," I'm pretty good at riding to the base."



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    I was there in OBN...it was BEYOND nasty yesterday. I mean...everything was soaked during and after dressage...

    I chipped EVERY single jump...well not every one but but most of them. I somehow managed a double clear XC and SJ and ended up 4th. He schooled great in the dressage warmup and then we just didn't click in the ring...but that's alright...this was a good weekend to not have a perfect ride!

    Hey, at least it was beautiful for XC today! I was fortunate to be the 4th BN horse on course, so I only slipped once the whole way around. I trotted the stretch by the trakehner heading toward the larger pond...my horse is barefoot and I wasn't going to risk it!!


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    Due to unforeseen circumstances we had to withdraw from the STR Championship a few days before the show. I was wondering what was going on when I saw the results. Several Rs and only one inside the time on x-country. It must have been really sloppy? Hats off to those who persevered.



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    I wasn't physically there (on foal watch) but I had several friends there competing and my boy was there in PH CH. Here is a photo that one of my friends (Alicia Frese) took of the rings on Sat around 1 pm:
    http://i203.photobucket.com/albums/a...ps2af9ed2a.jpg

    As one of my friends said ... Anyone that ran XC on Sat earned the right to call themselves "Tough Mudders" LOL
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    I was there for my first recognized show and i decided to withdraw before stadium on Saturday. I was in BNH, but stadium is his best phase and i didn't want to risk breaking his confidence, so we withdrew and then stayed and schooled some XC afterwords. It was just too sloppy to risk anything at his and mine first recognized.



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    Was stadium for the championships on the grass and was x-country warm-up by the grass stadium or up in the middle of the big field? I'm curious how the warm-up and stadium (if on the grass) held up since everyone would have been in the same place.



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    I was there for the NR-CH and I had a stop on XC (my fault - Horse was ready to go but I have bank fear and mud fear). Despite my frustration at myself for causing the stop, I came out of the competition feeling really good. The course would have scared the **** out of me on dry footing but after our stop early in the course, I decided to get out of my horse's way and let him do his job and he took care of the rest like the pro that he is. I did skip out on the competitors party on Saturday night. I was over being completely soaked and just wanted to get into my pyjamas.

    I do have to give major credit to the crew at Poplar who worked really hard in the rain and dark to move the jumping into the main arena. Those of you did SJ in the mud deserve a medal! Every fence in there had a pit (full of water) on both take off and landing by the end of the day.

    SJ on Sunday was fabulous. The footing dried up beautifully in the main arena and the sun decided to come out. I'm sure it was still sloppy for those on XC but saw lots of smiles from the folks out on course.

    I'm a little disappointed in myself but overall, thrilled with the weekend because I went out and did the course that scared the heck out of me and actually enjoyed it. I realized just how much of a pro my horse really is and now I know there is nothing they can throw at me around here that will be as nerve wracking as that course was on Saturday!
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    The CH riders got the better end of the deal for sure! On Saturday, SJ and warmups for SJ and XC were all in the grass. CH riders did XC and HT riders SJ. There was so much water that there was about 4" of liquid before you hit solid ground- but you DID hit solid ground underneath that. I was running N so I went since my horse could jump from the base and canter over, but in the P and T, they were having a hell of a time since the horses couldn't leave the ground where they needed to. It was bad. I will say the the footing was sufficient on Saturday, however, since the horses did press down into solid turf. I bought a pic of me SJ, I'll post when I get it- puddles on either side of the jump, mud splashed up and over them, pelting rain. (They did have a new photog. Donna told me David was O.U.T. OUT.)

    I snuck into ring 6 to do my flat work before SJ since dressage was over and the jumped- literally- cross rail, vertical, oxer, oxer, done. I was in the first N div and the footing at the jumps was messy, but the track not too bad. By the time BN was going, it was ALL standing water!

    They pulled the SJ into the big arena for the CH riders on Sunday- lucky dogs! XC warmup on Sunday was awful. The mud had gotten STICKY and holding. No way I was riding in that. Fortunately the rider rep (Bill Hoos) was going first in my division and pitched a fit about warming up in that- they had left two or three SJ in the area where SJ had been and said we couldn't FLAT up there, but we could jump up there. So my coach pulled one of the jumps off the SJ track and I trotted/cantered a LONG approach to it, jumped it as a vertical, oxer, oxer and off I went. It was definitely a scrappy XC round for us. I jumped a lot of things off center or at an angle to get the best footing, cantered most of the inbetween parts off the track everyone else had used.

    These are my boots after XC:
    https://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.n...59883002_n.jpg

    These are my boots after SJ:
    https://fbcdn-sphotos-e-a.akamaihd.n...58431123_n.jpg

    This was the ditch while I was walking XC on Saturday night, after BNCH and NCH had jumped it either way.

    https://fbcdn-sphotos-c-a.akamaihd.n..._5839435_n.jpg
    https://fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.n...45652551_n.jpg

    This was XC warmup Sat evening on my way to walk XC, after the CH divisions had gone.
    https://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.n...41879009_n.jpg

    First fence on Novice:
    https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphot...90264112_n.jpg

    Fence three:
    https://fbcdn-sphotos-e-a.akamaihd.n...51524591_n.jpg

    Six:
    https://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.n...19474920_n.jpg

    14:
    https://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.n...41811115_n.jpg

    This is the log on the top of the hill by the big water, we jumped the far right, landing and turned hard left to avoid scraping down the worst of the mud:
    https://fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.n...01041011_n.jpg

    Poplar squeeze:
    https://fbcdn-sphotos-a-a.akamaihd.n...36347336_n.jpg

    Ariat wall:
    https://fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.n...30001984_n.jpg

    It looked about like this on Sunday when we ran too. They had put a bit of quarter down in some places at the take off... but not a lot.



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    oh yuck. I'm quite glad I didn't qualify until too late to enter ! Po would have been gallolloping in place up that hill to the Poplar squeeze !

    (Also, it's exactly the same course as last month, only wetter. Ho Hum.)



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    I was in SBNR-CH and man that was a mess, my boy get a bit stuck in the deep water in dressage, we slide all around the x country course, had a stop at the ditch. But there was a river of water running down to it and huge deep puddles in front and on back of it, so when he stopped I wasn't surprised. Stadium we took one turn too sharp and took a rail, but ended 8th over all!!! Tis weekend was a true test of what an eventer is!
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    I'll share photos as soon as my disc arrives. I looked like I was riding XC in a garbage bag but I had to buy it because 1)I wanted to support the new photog who had very reasonable prices 2)in retrospect it's kind of humorous and shows just how wet everything really was - you can see the rain flying around me and 3) I haven't gotten any other pictures this year because I ordered from David Mullinax earlier this year and stupidly thought my pictures might actually show up. He's OUT at Rocking Horse too. I don't think we'll be seeing him any more.

    We definitely got the better deal for SJ - I think after all the other divisions had ridden on the grass in the pouring rain the day before, there was no way the ring was useable. We went to our rider reps and also to show management and offered to help move the SJ course, but if they had made us jump in that on Sunday, that probably would have been my scratch point. XC warmup was disgusting both days. I did two x-rails and jumped the barrels twice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JWB View Post
    I'll share photos as soon as my disc arrives. I looked like I was riding XC in a garbage bag but I had to buy it because 1)I wanted to support the new photog who had very reasonable prices 2)in retrospect it's kind of humorous and shows just how wet everything really was - you can see the rain flying around me and 3) I haven't gotten any other pictures this year because I ordered from David Mullinax earlier this year and stupidly thought my pictures might actually show up. He's OUT at Rocking Horse too. I don't think we'll be seeing him any more.

    We definitely got the better deal for SJ - I think after all the other divisions had ridden on the grass in the pouring rain the day before, there was no way the ring was useable. We went to our rider reps and also to show management and offered to help move the SJ course, but if they had made us jump in that on Sunday, that probably would have been my scratch point. XC warmup was disgusting both days. I did two x-rails and jumped the barrels twice.
    That is what Andrew said he did with Tate - he jumped about 3 or 4 fences then went out and finished warm up on course over the first 4 or 5 fences.... it was safer that way! I'm kind of glad Tate was in the Prelim div, I think the footing and weather only got worse the later it got.

    I'm very impressed with everyone that went out and rode in that weather and in those conditions (and all came home safely - even better!).
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    https://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.n...11185411_n.jpg

    https://fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.n...33750340_n.jpg

    https://fbcdn-sphotos-d-a.akamaihd.n...89964178_n.jpg

    here are some pictures I took of the footing after everything was done. The first picture is of XC warm-up and the 2nd two are of the galloping lane. You should be able to go though the whole album but many of them are pictures of me schooling over fences that the footing had held up.
    ( https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?...5670500&type=3 )



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    I wasn't at Poplar, but hubby and I spent the weekend in Atlanta as a kind if mini getaway before he deploys later this month. I think we saw the sun for about 30 minutes between Friday afternoon and Monday morning. Rain rain and more rain (and chilly!!)... was very happy I took my dubarry's along!



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    Cheers to Donna and Gary and the rest of the PP crew!

    I bet that they are already out there repairing the ground and getting the place in shape for the next one! We are lucky to have such great facility owners in Area III!


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    WNC Photography

    Here are the proofs from the show.... Just glance through them and you'll get a decent idea of how it actually was.

    Here's me on XC (yes, I bought the disc - waiting for it to arrive)
    The rebel in the grey shirt



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    http://www.wncphoto.com/ppht213/148...ppht2/

    Here's mine- you can see stadium in the grass. I bought the second pic for posterity.



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    I'm wondering now, whether I ought to go school there tomorrow. I was planning on taking a little Novice horse not even realizing it was so awful. I'll call Donna in the morning. I'm 45 minutes away and our footing was so-so today...



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    Rick Wallace has a nice blog post about how the rain at Poplar Place affected him, his horses, and his students over the weekend.

    http://teamwallace.org/blog/235-rain-rain-and-more-rain
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    Quote Originally Posted by ccr0009 View Post
    I'm wondering now, whether I ought to go school there tomorrow. I was planning on taking a little Novice horse not even realizing it was so awful. I'll call Donna in the morning. I'm 45 minutes away and our footing was so-so today...

    I'd absolutely go out on XC now. The footing out there recovered surprisingly quickly and even at its worst, was not dangerous.... it just held a lot of water. Yes, you'll probably have to do some extra scrubbing on your boots but if you've had a few dry days, it should be pretty good. The footing in the warmup ring and grass SJ area may be another story for some time though.
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