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WE DID IT! Four years after coming to the dark side - our first HT!

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  • WE DID IT! Four years after coming to the dark side - our first HT!

    My cheeks hurt from smiling so much. My 4yo FLF OTTB and I competed in our first HT (for both of us)! It was the Genesee Valley Pony Club Spring Event at Wheeler Green, and it was

    SO

    MUCH

    FUN!

    We showed up to dressage without a coat or stock tie, in my skull cap, and bell boots. ..oops. Quickly removed the bell boots, grabbed a friend's coat, and tied the stock to somehow magically cover my black polo. We looked absurd. BUT, had a much more relaxed test than a few weeks ago at a CT, so I was thrilled! So thrilled and a bit overwhelmed at the end that I gave a ridiculous, from-the-helmet, salute. Yep. My trainer's husband couldn't stop laughing... I would have made many a DQ cry.

    XC was amazing. Got through clean and the big, stupid smile never left my face. Stadium - one rail, fine on time, a somewhat bumpy, but got-it-done type of ride. We finished 5th.

    Even though it was CLEARLY amateur hour, I am so happy with how we did, and CAN'T WAIT for GVH in July! And, I will definitely be better prepared! It will help to not be at a wedding the night before.

    Dressage (don't laugh!)
    Waiting at the start box
    Exuberant effort over fence 3
    Looking for the last fence
    Stadium

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      #3
      D'oh. These are the same pics but a different link (I'm never sure if I'm supposed to paste the link for IM or websites?)


      Dressage
      XC Start Box
      Fence 3
      Almost done XC
      Stadium

      Hope these ones work!

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      • #4
        Totally awesome!! The dressage picture looks fine, and I love the stadium, because of the expression on your face and your horse's.

        Major congrats!!!

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        • #5
          Great job!

          I really love the huge smile on your face over the stadium fence. This is what eventing should be about.
          When in Doubt, let your horse do the Thinking!

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          • #6
            Yay! Congrats to you and Sev!!

            I saw you guys warming up for xc and saw a little bit of it as I was outriding out on Bro (wearing a large bright red jacket), you guys looked fab!

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            • #7
              Fantastic! You and your lovely boy look GREAT !
              What a great first trip out! May you have many more.
              He looks super fun! And that grin on your face, THAT is what it is all about.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by ake987 View Post
                My cheeks hurt from smiling so much. My 4yo FLF OTTB and I competed in our first HT (for both of us)! It was the Genesee Valley Pony Club Spring Event at Wheeler Green, and it was

                SO

                MUCH

                FUN!

                We showed up to dressage without a coat or stock tie, in my skull cap, and bell boots. ..oops. Quickly removed the bell boots, grabbed a friend's coat, and tied the stock to somehow magically cover my black polo. We looked absurd. BUT, had a much more relaxed test than a few weeks ago at a CT, so I was thrilled! So thrilled and a bit overwhelmed at the end that I gave a ridiculous, from-the-helmet, salute. Yep. My trainer's husband couldn't stop laughing... I would have made many a DQ cry.

                XC was amazing. Got through clean and the big, stupid smile never left my face. Stadium - one rail, fine on time, a somewhat bumpy, but got-it-done type of ride. We finished 5th.

                Even though it was CLEARLY amateur hour, I am so happy with how we did, and CAN'T WAIT for GVH in July! And, I will definitely be better prepared! It will help to not be at a wedding the night before.

                Dressage (don't laugh!)
                Waiting at the start box
                Exuberant effort over fence 3
                Looking for the last fence
                Stadium
                You guys look AWESOME, and best of all, having FUN!! That's what this is ALL about! Here's wishing you many, many more!

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                • #9
                  So happy for you!! So glad when I see you at events this year you will be on horseback!!!

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                  • #10
                    Lovely pictures and partnership and a very accomplished young horse!

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                    • #11
                      You guys look fantastic, ake! Congrats!!!
                      We couldn't all be cowboys, so some of us are clowns.

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                      • #12
                        You look great! Congrats!!!

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                        • #13
                          You guys look great! And you stole my horse--they look exactly alike (especially in the dressage pic and the one where he is overjumping) except mine only has white on one back foot.

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                          • #14
                            Awesome! Your horse is so freaking cute!
                            Fillys By Vibank - 2017 Road to RRP
                            https://www.youtube.com/user/jealoushe

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