Get up at dawn of crack. Fumble in the dark, pull on mismatched outfit, head for horse show. It’s 4 a.m. Why isn’t Starbucks open yet?
Arrive at showgrounds, get exhibitor numbers from office, try to organize riders and schedule for the day.
Have Advil and coffee for breakfast.
Where are my riders?
Find riders for warm-up class. School riders. Holler same three instructions 15 times. Each.
Realize this is Day 1 of five-day show. Enthusiasm wanes.