2 Day Show This Weekend

This will be her first overnight show.

Nothing to worry about there, she won’t get upset or too fussy.  Probably exhausted by Sunday afternoon and very ready to get to go home.  She likes her view next to her orange tree and the small lemon tree. ⇓

horse next to lemon tree

 


 

Coming in to this show with the absolute lowest confidence before any show experience.  We haven’t felt like a team at all and I’m not really sure what to expect.

Very hard on myself, but aren’t you, too?  This is dressage after all.  The absolute crazy sport where “good enough” or “fairly OK” doesn’t really exist.

Either you’re riding the horse actively, comfortably, respectfully, and effortlessly with smooth, almost invisible aids.  Or, you’re not.  And then it simply wasn’t very good.  Nothing in between.  (Arghh!)

cantering without tension
Hoping for THIS canter. No tension. She CAN do it!

 

Still – very grateful and happy to have the opportunity to show with this mare!  A 2-Day is exciting and I have so many friends out there whose horses have gotten injured, permanently lame or sadly passed away.  Competing, and worrying about not riding a good test is far off their list.

Feeling very lucky that we get to do this, Gray Mare and I!  We’re already at the show!  Report coming up next week of course!

17 thoughts on “2 Day Show This Weekend

  1. All our shows are two-day shows and I love it!! It is tiring, but I love having a second day to redeem myself if Day 1 didn’t go awesome. Clay is also much more relaxed Day 2 and so am I. Have fun and good luck!!!! You’re right…we sure are lucky to get to show our horses. And like Tom Hanks says in A League of Their Own… “It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard … is what makes it great.” 🙂

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    1. “It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard … is what makes it great.”
      This quote! Love it!
      I was so happy to have the two-day experience. Absolutely exhausting, but it felt better. If it wasn’t so expensive and time consuming, I’d be trying to do this each and every time!

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  2. I look forward to hearing it went better than your confidence predicted. I have been auditing a two day Masterclass with Carl Hester this weekend and I am inspired!! All the best for your show!

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  3. I hope your show goes better than expected, I’m sure it will. I like your modesty though and it is best to go in not too confident at times
    I do hope and suspect that you will indeed get that canter ! She looks s treat 😃 best wishes and good luck
    Mel x

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