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Not heading to the Olympics anytime soon, but a good day nonetheless!

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    Not heading to the Olympics anytime soon, but a good day nonetheless!

    Had my first schooling show since the spring yesterday. My guy’s only five and we’ve had various long-term barriers to success (revolving door of trainers/instructors, Long periods of bad weather and injuries creating weeks-long gaps of no riding). Short term we had bad weather the prior week and I only got one good training ride in on Monday (no instructor), and a super-short session on Friday. Immediate term, my instructor called as I was leaving for the barn to tell me she was ill and going to the ER. Mad scramble at the barn to find somebody else to haul (I don’t have my own trailer and couldn’t drive one if I did) and provide at least some support. Got the Western instructor, bless her heart for rolling out of bed and helping me, but knows NOTHING about Dressage. This show was only my guy’s second time off of the (very sleepy, low-traffic) property in two years, and a different venue than we went to the last time, and the first time he’s been in an indoor in over two years.

    We did Training Test 3 and got 59.138. Clearly room for improvement, but I was so pleased to get a 6.5 on the stretchy trot circle as he had been struggling with that concept a bit, the left is our “bad” side and circles tend to become weird amoeboid shapes, and in the warm-up ring he had been channeling his inner giraffe to be a looky-loo when I gave him more rein instead of reaching out and down into contact.

    Then we had a Working Equitation clinic and he was such a tolerant champ about it. Hadn’t done or seen a “bridge” since the EMM in 2017, had only the tiniest hesitation. Gave the “bull” a bit of side eye at first, but was fine. I was surprised he didn’t seem to care less about the garrocha. Even when I inadvertently bonked him with it a couple times.

    End of the day we rode an eventing BN Test B. Scored 60.75. I think we were both end-of-day tired, had some rider errors (asked for trot too early), he was sticky on canter departs (even though he was great in the warmup), collapsed into one downward transition when he heard the caller say the word “trot” (note to self, have a session with some person randomly calling out gaits while I ask him for completely different things). All in all, could have been worse, though!

    May have won a convert, though, the last ride before my BN test was a PSG, and the Western girl who hauled/called for me said “I have never seen anything so beautiful in my life.”

    Congratulations! Sounds like it was a great experience for you both! I hope your trainer is feeling better.


      So you had some bad luck, compensated fabulously... you have a young/green horse and got decent scores at a new/scary venue. Scores got better as the day went on...and your working equitation clinic seems to have gone well also.

      win, win, win... how cool that with all the difficulties you came out smelling like the proverbial rose, well maybe more like a sweaty horse but a GOOD sweaty horse. Great job and it seems like you are on a successful path. Who knows where our paths lead. Congratulations.


        Congrats! My first show with my 5 year old in May resulted in 1 disqualification for falling out of the court during T1 (he additionally spooked at the box and jumped into the court before the test started) and a high 50s score for T2. But I was so thrilled that he was generally sensible and listening and came back from his spook quickly and was just generally a good boy all day. With young and green horses its not always about the numbers! And I can't even imagine the stress of finding a ride and being sans trainer at the last minute. The rest will come, sounds like you have your priorities in order.


          Sounds absolutely wonderful. Good for you for pressing through and going to the show still. Itv sounds like such a good experience overall!


            Way to go! Always such an adventure with the babies at shows - really happy you took on the adventure and did so well with it.
            Mr. Sandman
            sand me a man
            make him so sandy
            the sandiest man


              Good job!