As I previously mentioned I owe you a show post.
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. Ok so worst is a tad dramatic. We had some hiccups this show season and this past show but for the most part we had fun and continued to learn and grow as a team.
Sunday was the final show of the season. It also happened to be the biggest. We were there forever! Waiting around is never good on my nerves. I probably considered scratching about a dozen times.
But eventually our ring started. I think it was around 3:00. We went in for our warm up. Nailed everything but a tight distance on one of the quarter line verticals. No big deal. Took Tucker back to his stall for a drink and then went back out to the ring to wait. I hate waiting!
First course: left rein quarter line vertical away from home, outside 6 stride, diagonal 5 stride, outside 4 stride, long approach to diagonal oxer.
Would have been perfect if I had stayed committed to the long spot on the in of the 4 stride. I think I may have dropped him and not put on leg but still expected him to go long. Instead he put in an extra step while I closed my hip angle. The result was ugly and I punched myself in the face (can’t say I didn’t deserve it) and an added stride.
Surprisingly we ended up pinning 5th out of 11 entries.
Again would have been perfect if I had stayed committed to the long spot on the in of the 6 stride. FML! It wasn’t nearly as bad as the first course though. No more face punching and we made it out in the correct strides.
More surprisingly we pinned 1st out of 11 entries. Yay!
Third course (equitation): left rein quarter line vertical away towards home, first of the diagonal line bend to the diagonal oxer, first of the outside 6 stride rollback to the second of the diagonal line, outside 4 stride, halt, trot to diagonal vertical.
We jumped in kinda big to the bending line and Tuck isn’t the easiest to bend. So basically we bent out to far and lost some rhythm and jumped huge on this strange angle. I wasn’t sure we’d make it over but we did. On landing I didn’t feel secure in my position and because of that I allowed him to cut the corner so I took a circle before continuing. The rest of the course was absolutely perfect. After I left the ring my coach questioned my decision to circle. He thought that I had maybe hurt myself. He said it didn’t look as bad as it felt. But I stand by my decision. If I hadn’t taken the time to reorganized I feel that the next jump would have been bad.
The circle allowed me to finish on a really good note. But no ribbon. I don’t care though because the last bit of the course felt so good. Win.
So that’s it. Our show season is over. Oh except the part where they calculated the points and we ended up high point champions for the whole series. YAY! We got a big ribbon (which had to go back because there was an error on it that they have to fix) and a nice leather halter.