Dreamy and I competed at the University of New Hampshire USDF bacDressage Show at the end of June. I love showing there and have written about it here and here back in 2010. I also showed there in 2009, but I am sure my readers can find those back posts if they want to read them. ;-)
I only showed Sunday instead of both days and was supposed to ride Training 3 and First 1. When I looked at the times online, somehow I had been signed up for First 1 and FIRST 3! AHHHH! There was a wait list for Training 3 so I could not just be switched out. I decided to ride, which I knew was stupid, since we are NOT ready for First 3 just yet. In hindsight, I wish I had scratched, but I was trying to be tough and brave. We had to ride First 3 before First 1, which made me nervous. It was a bit of a disaster, with the canter loops through X pretty much non existent! :-( I was tense, Dreamy was tense, I messed up a movement and earned a two point error, and I dropped my whip. Yeah, definitely not my finest moment. But we got through it with a very low score and an 18th out of 20 something riders in the class. :-p
I was much happier with our First 1 ride, earning two 8s and three 7s. We ended up with a 58.276% which I was happy with as it was our first time riding First level at a rated USDF show. I cannot remember what I placed, and it is not written on the test for some reason, but I know it was a huge class and they only pin to six. It did not matter, since Dreamy tried her heart out for me. I went home with the knowledge that I need to write VERY CLEARLY and LEGIBLY on my entry forms from now on!!!!
I am not crazy about the UNH photographer, but here are the proofs from the show. I do like her free walk photo (IMG_3106), which is the free walk we have gotten all 8s on this year!