|I always feel like a badass driving this monster.|
Luckily Nik was able to school some poles and Bud was nice and quiet for her. Their rounds went well and they ended up with a 1st and 2nd!
|The ribbons were the size of her torso.|
They had a schooling break before my classes (the 2'6" pre-adult hunter, eq and mini medal) so I got Buddy re-warmed up and popped over a couple fences. He was a lot quieter than in the morning which was nice. We schooled a bending line that we would have to do in our eq and medal classes and called it good. Our first round was pretty nice, except I had to move him up to the first fence in the one outside line and ended up going for a long three instead of our plan for four. We did manage to get all our leads and changes. We ended up getting a 4th for that round.
The second hunter round and our eq rounds were a bit of a disaster. The last stride before the first fence in the hunter round Buddy tripped and we ended up taking the entire fence down. He was a bit discombobulated but luckily we had a long ride to a single diagonal to regroup. He did jump the rest of the course a lot higher and scopier than normal. Then in the eq class he ran out of gas and stopped at a fence. It wasn't a dirty stop, but a slow stop. I smacked him with my crop then circled back to it. We made it around the rest of the course but I could tell he was done. Even with our mini meltdowns we still placed in both classes with a 6th and 4th respectively. I will say that there were only 6 in all of our classes.
There were two flat classes between my eq round and the mini medal so I got off to walk him out. Jen and I talked about if I should scratch and she told me as long I was prepared to ride every fence fairly aggressively we could still do it. Luckily Buddy regained some energy in his 20 minute break and we went first into the medal. We were a bit slow and conservative in our lines, and I stared down the end box fence getting a funky distance to it, but overall it was a nice round and we got a 3rd. They had the top two come back for the test and I was disappointed to be one place away from it.
|Our loot for the day|