Rosie and I started our day with a quick bath. I'd already scrubbed her really good earlier in the week and did her tail and mane so no deep clean or shampoo/conditioner needed.
After a very stress free load up we were on our way. The show was at Walnut Creek Stables which is a very beautiful facility. I leased a stall in the large main barn for the day and am so glad I did with the temperatures in the mid 90's with high humidity. Each stall had a steel grid stall door on the back side for light and ventilation. It was cooler in the barn with a nice breeze through the isle way.
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|In Rosie's stall|
Between my nerves and her naturally being up because of the different environment, warm up was interesting. In door she was at least listening...
|Warm-up in the Indoor|
Once outside I had plenty of "Go" but her brakes were broke... very little stop to her.
I took a deep breath, closed my eyes and exhaled slowly, forcing myself into calm and relaxing everything.
I did all walk/trot classes because neither Rosie or I have enough confidence in the canter yet so I didn't want the added stress of worrying about it. This means that equitation and Dressage Suitability is all ages, and all riding abilities.
Suitability and Equitation
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The tally for the day :
3rd in Dressage Suitability
1st in Dressage Equitation
60% Intro A (I completely screwed up one movement) - 5th place
63 % Intro B - This test I got all 7's and 8's for 4th place.
I totally hosed one 20 meter circle in Intro A. I knew as soon as I started it it was going to be bad but recovered well and was the only mark under a 6. I had same judge for Intro B so I went to work correcting the things she remarked on.
Intro B felt TERRIFIC !! Circles are a bit sticky on the right bend and the judges only bad remarks was that I was using a lot of hand on the circle to the right. At least she didn't remark on me using my entire body weight to move her over!
|Every Color but Red!|