We warmed up easily for dressage and put in a decent test for a 28.1, which landed us in third place out of a division of five riders.
Cross country went well and the only fence she was pretty sure was a big no was a 2' black drainage pipe thing. She paused at the base of the fence but I was ready and pony kicked her over it haha. No way you are stopping on the little fences, mare, because I know you are brave deep down! There were thirteen total fences, ranging from tiny logs (see pic below of fence #1, the smallest fence on course) to railroad ties, coops, and a little brush fence. I think had I not been riding her forward in a brave and quiet manner, she would not have been as good as she was. I tried to get her to canter in a few spots where we had plenty of space and decent footing, but she is still not having anything to do with the canter. She is so unsure of herself and lacks confidence in the gait, so as much as I want to move her up, she still cannot do a Beginner Novice level dressage test. :-(
|Snappy thought it would be best to NOT go over one of these. I convinced her she was incorrect. ;-)|
I knew the girl ahead of me in dressage fell off on the XC course (she was fine), so I figured I had moved up to second place. I checked my XC score to be sure it was correctly listed as clear (it was), but they hadn't updated the placings on the board and I didn't think much of it. We jumped the stadium course well and I loved how much more easily the course rode because they expanded their ring this year! Granted, we only trotted around over itty bitty jumps but it was a good upgrade to the facility.
|We won a brush and all competitors got a little bag from Meader's Supply. Cool!|