I was lucky to have my friend and excellent show mommy, Tania, come along for the day. She had originally planned to show her horse, but decided to scratch. It was a good choice for her, as she felt she did not have enough time to prepare due to her recent work schedule. As a rider new to eventing on a horse who is also new to eventing, she decided that lack of preparation would not give them the best experience.
Besides the fact that I had to get up at 4AM, getting to Pipestave was super easy. We had plenty of time to check in and walk cross country before I warmed up for dressage. My only goal for the day was to not get eliminated and I really REALLY wanted to go clear on cross country.
WARNING photo spam ahead! That's what happens when I have my own personal photographer with me! LOL! Tania took excellent photos!
|Headed to dressage warm up|
|Warming up...she is so clean!|
|Entering at A for our Beginner Novice Test B test|
|Our first centerline was a 7|
|First change of rein = 7|
|Trot circle left = 8|
|Second change of rein = 7|
|Free walk = 7 (We had a little almost trot bobble because I overrode her a bit. Whoops. Probably would have earned our normal 8 had I just let her do her thing. LOL!)|
|The trot before this canter was an 8! Left lead canter = 7 WHOOO!!!!|
|Half circle trot = 7|
|Final halt at G = 7|
Our collectives were all 7s and I earned an 8 for rider position! YAY! That is huge for me. Back just a few years, when I took a hiatus from lessons for a few years, my equitation fell apart. I was lucky to squeak out a 6 on rider, so earning so many 8s on it this year is very, very gratifying. The judge (Judy Lawless, an "r" eventing judge) wrote: "Very well ridden! Trot work is just lovely! Canter needs to be more active for a clearer three beat (especially for better balance in downward transition). Relaxed and accurate test!"
We were given a second place ribbon for dressage! That was so cool! I love being given more than one ribbon in an event! Usually you only get one. Only one other event has ever done that where I have shown (Applehurst Farm in NH, a long lost horse trial and hunter pace venue). I felt so good after our dressage test! But next it was time for...
|Aww yeah....this is why we event! Headed over to jump!! We had stadium and then cross country just 15 minutes later.|
|Entering for our stadium round|
|Fence #2 - I love this! She might be a 21 year old Standardbred mare, but she can still jump!!|
|Jump #8 - I love her happy ears and how she is looking to the next fence!|
|Final Jump #9 - We chipped in a little bit and ended up pulling the rail. Bummer! We moved down to third because of the rail. Oh well, my fault.|
We walked through a path down to cross country right after we jumped. There were some big fences out on course and it was the longest course we have ever done together with 17 jumps total. Many of the fences were set on hills, so they were sideways. There was a huge stone wall, a series of three fences just a few strides apart, a bunch of galloping lanes, and a very steep drop. I was nervous but knew we could do it. I was determined to go clean.
|Headed into the big field after Fence #1|
|This series of three fences came up quickly, but we nailed it! This is the first of the series. I love her ears and knees!|
|Our faces match! LOL! Second fence of the series...|
|And the third in the series...wheee!!|
|Cantering up to the last fence...|
|SO HAPPY!!!! Cantering through the finish flags ahead! We had a great course!|
|Not the most flattering pic of me, but I was SO HAPPY! LOL!!!|
|We ended up second in dressage with a 31 and third overall with a 35 out of nine riders! GOOD MARE!!! I love how I have helmet hair and she has unbraided hair decorated with her hay.|