Well, we did it! I entered/completed my first prelim on my boy (and it was his first time at the level too!)
Dressage... one day i'll get over my off-course-itis and be able to ride my horse, not just the movemet. Did not show him to his full potential at all. However I give myself credit that I didn't stop riding positively when I made an error. Its a start but have tons to improve. I swear one day I wont look like a 6ft turtle riding a wet noodle.
Stadium. Had a great round, quiet, relaxed. Had one rail at the skinny after the one stride and a little slip between fence 8 and 9 but my horse jumped fantastic. Probably one of the best rounds I've had!
XC. My horse couldn't care less about the fences. Pretty much rode like a hack in the park... which explains the bajillion time penalties I got us. At least now I know we're comfortable with the fences and opening his stride wont take much at all. I also need to practice just galloping the fences and not setting up so much and wasting time. I was so happy with the round and how the weekend went though- a great learning experience for the both of us!
Overall we ended up 4th. It was a small division but I got to compete with some great riders and horses. Everyone is fantastic to compete with, I think we all had mostly good weekends for the first event of the season.
(My friend took the photos- i'm lucky to have someone who can make us look so good!)
I may have drooled a little bit myself when my friend showed me the photo of my horse in stadium... Don't get pics like that too often.
Riderboy- Sometimes im not quite sure what my background is... I'm sort of a learning eventer, who works in the H/J industry, but really prefers to event! I hope I get to take the best from both worlds to either side. Trust me, the H/J vs Eventing threads always make me laugh!
I work/mentor with a few awesome trainers. The lady I train for used to event before converting to H/J, so understands my passion but knows how to school for the best of both rings. The trainer who helps me with the flat is very classical- no short cuts! He is wonderful and I swear my horse gives his all anytime we lesson with him- he's the only one who can get my horse to sweat. I school once a year in a clinic with Nick Holmes-Smith in BC, though I swear this year I am going to school XC more then once! They all seem to get that I am some strange hybrid classical-H/J-eventer now, and have complimentary teaching styles.
Aloan is one that came in to get started and I slowly fell in love... He's bred to jump (Coconut Grove out of an Indoctro mare) and there was just something that really clicked with me that i've not gotten from any of the others before or since. So bought and basically prayed that when I would get a chance to school XC he would like it! We didn't do too much the first two years, just puttered around at BN and N, last year we did a N then moved to T, this event is actually just his 12th now that i've counted... We like our homework though. Pretty sure he would be more then happy to move up again if I didn't want more experience! I'm not sure I'll ever have a horse quite like him again but I think we work well as a team and give each other confidence to get the job done. I'm looking forward to our next at the end of the month!
I saw your stadium picture and immediately thought "here's another RF Amber Eyes > Commentary candidate".
(That's supposed to be a compliment. ) It seriously looks like a hunter derby photo.
You guys look fabulous. I agree with the poster who commented on your soft ride; it's very inspiring to see such a great feel and kind softness with the horse.