Isaac Royal Farm in Dover-Foxcroft, ME puts on two USDF rated dressage shows each summer. We did the first one....read about it here. The second one was the same weekend as the Maine Event (which I obviously wanted to do because MHA put the STB division in....plus DUH! I could qualify for a year end award! LOL) But because IR is a two day show, I was able to do the Maine Event on Saturday and then the IR show on Sunday.
Well, my mare was tired. So tired. I mean, yes we only did one in-hand class and three riding classes at the Maine Event the day before. But still, we left the house at 7:15 AM and arrived home at 5PM. Our classes were spaced waaaay out, so it was a long hot day.
And while the Maine Event was only 30 minutes from the house, the IR show was 3 hours and 10 minutes away! Big difference! So I was up at 4AM on Sunday, loaded her at 5:30 AM, and we arrived at a little before 9AM. Our ride times were 10:29 for Training 2 and 11:15 for Training 4.
Dreamy warmed up so well. She was tired, so I limited our warm up to about 25 minutes. We did a fairly decent job in Training 2, to earn a 60.357%. She had a hard time maintaining her right lead canter, which is normal, but it was worse because she was tired. Plus, the footing was a little sloppy from overnight rain. For whatever reason, Dreamy is very sensitive to poor footing, or actually to footing that is not perfect.
We got 5s this time on our canters, which was a gift. LOL! But only 6s on our canter transitions. We had very nice centerlines and halts, earning us 7s and 8s. The judge, Sandi Chohany, wrote "Horse has a lovely trot. Canter should come with time and miles." I thought that was such a nice comment! :) And very accurate!
I was the only person in Training 2, so of course we won! LOL!
Training 4 went well too, but I knew not to expect a 60%. She was just too darn tired. I should have known better than to try and show two days in a row at two different shows. Probably won't do it again. :) We ended up with a 55.6%, which is not bad, but not where I want to be. Mostly 6s, a few 7s, and 5s again on the canters. She did NOT want to canter to the right at all, and actually broke half way through the circle to the trot. Poor mare. I totally threw her away (BAD BAD BAD ME!) in an effort to keep her cantering.. And I know the pony kicks were so lovely......UGGG! Ah well. Sandi wrote on this test: "Try holding reins taughter (**should be "taut" but hey, I'm the English teacher, not her!) in right canter to help her balance in an uphill way to slow her running canter." Yup. I know that and am working hard to maintain the contact. Just ask my instructor! ;-) At least it has improved, but we have a ways to go.
We ended up sixth out of six riders. LOL! It was more about getting out there and doing it. I had hoped for the 60%, but it is OK that it did not happen. It just simply was NOT a 60+ test. And I knew that beforehand.
The very cool part was that my dear friend Nonni was able to come watch! She brought along her barn owner Kathy. It was so fantastic to have friends there to support me! And I loved having my own cheering section! It means a lot to me that they drove over to watch. :) :) :)
AND.......we earned our final score for a Maine Dressage Society bronze medal! YAY!!!!!! I am proud to have earned my GMO bronze on Dreamy! So that was very exciting to me.
Photos later....I am tired! :)