Her rated show début did not go as planned.
You know that great feeling one gets when you get the Low Point for the show? Me neither 🙂
Today, definitely not our day… Strangely, I had a great time anyway!
12 hours of prepping at home, driving, prepping at barn, driving, more prepping, riding, driving, cleaning up, and more driving – it was still time well spent with 2 of my really good friends – Nancy and Valiosa.
The warmup ring was shared by Training Level and Intermediare riders. Good practice for her to get a feel for that intense dynamic. (Apologies if we happened to get in the way for anyone.)
We never got that “good feel” in the warmup… I thought she would come together more in the arena once alone. She was also especially good with not reacting too much to the mule warming up with us at the end – good mare!
Droning on and on about her less than forward temperament, and wishing for some oomph when schooling, she came out like a bullet after the 2nd move in the test. Careful what you wish for!
The judge had fair and supportive comments, (Very nice, thank you!) giving her a 7 for gaits which was appreciated. Total score, 48.86.
I wasn’t kidding about the bullet part!
Too much grain? In heat? Pitiful riding? Not sure. We just weren’t the same team as a couple of months ago, that’s for sure.
I’ve promised this blog to be completely Unvarnished. Remember? (Read it here.)
Well, we just really sucked this time.