Yesterday’s CT was a great welcome back to show season. The weather was lovely, tons of the usual friends and acquaintances came out to ride. My husband also volunteered at the jump ring! He has done it several times before, but last year the scheduling didn’t work out as well so he only made it to one.
Juice got to ride on our friend Cori’s maiden voyage – she has had the trailer for a year or so now, but only recently got a truck. This was the first time she hauled to a show with her own truck and two horses in the trailer and it went great. I’m excited to go on more adventures.
Since the mini-trial was reduced to a CT, they decided to run the levels backwards for this first show of the year so that people would have a chance to school lower levels if desired. It felt weird not showing until 1pm, but the scheduling worked out great; Novice dressage at 1, BN jump round 2ish, then Novice jump round 2:30ish.
I got on pretty early as our dressage rides the past week weren’t the best and it took me a while to feel good about everything. It turned out there was no need for it, Juice actually felt great right away, so we walked around the property and said hi to people while we waited for the judge and scribe to return from lunch. I forgot to bug someone to try to get video of my dressage test, which is fine because it wasn’t anything special and Juice decided to poop after our first trot circle. I tapped him with the whip and didn’t break to a walk, though. We wound up with a 30.48. Our canter transitions weren’t beautiful and he had several hollow moments, and the judge scored them fairly. I was proud of getting 8’s on our down centerline and halt at the end, though.
This is the first event we’ve gone to with two sets of tack and while this is obviously a nice problem to have, tack changes and having to clean/put away an extra saddle, bridle, saddle pad and girth is annoying! I’ll get used to it, I’m sure. We had plenty of time to take everything off, let pony rest a bit, then tack up again. I popped over three warmup jumps and headed over to stadium.
Our schooling round went fine aside from some sassiness after the first jump (not uncommon for us) and my brain falling out of my head after the second jump. I don’t know what the hell happened but I somehow started to go to the wrong jump, despite 2 & 3 being primarily the same color and a straightforward seven stride line. I circled and jumped 3 and continued on, and we were clear. Good thing that round didn’t count.
Juice was getting grumpy and antsy so I had to walk him around a bunch while they raised the jumps and added a fence at the end, making 9 a two stride combination. I was getting hungry and feeling anxious about really doing this, but I tried to ignore it.
The sassmaster really came out for this one, but I rode it out and did not get lost! And, what do you know, jumping the bigger jumps was pretty fun. I felt fine after clearing the first oxer.. by a mile. I was attempting to use this round as an opportunity to practice letting him get closer to the fences to help him with the height, but as you can see Juice just wanted to fly. Had the first jump at the combination been a vertical, I probably could’ve made him fit three strides in there, but we had to go for a long two and he knew it. We went clear. No mane to hang onto, but I had my grab strap, thank god.
I rinsed him off, cleaned up our little lounge area by the trailer and my friends and I poured a bottle of sparkling wine. Cori had a great day with several blue ribbons, my other friends did well too. We wound up 4th out of four in our division, as usual we just need to work on our dressage. I’m happy with a ~30 score despite no dressage lessons for months, we made it around stadium, and that’s all that matters. Also big thanks to my friend Tyline for helping me out all day, she took most of the photos and the videos on this post!
The only crappy thing to come out of this weekend is that my stupid arthritic/deformed right foot is very angry that I rode several days in a row after not riding for two weeks, and then went to a horse show. I’ve parked myself on the couch with it elevated and hopefully it’ll be a lot better tomorrow or Tuesday.