|Peebs and Scottie love each other|
|The boys enjoying a late night snack and walk|
|I forced my trainer to take a win pic with me. Also, they didn't announce awards till after I rode Sunday, which is why he's wearing his eq. boots|
|The show photographer got no pics of me, so enjoy this fuzzy screenshot from the video on my phone|
I tried to focus on getting Peebs in front of my leg and forward in our warm up. We had some waiting, pulling distances, especially off the right, but after a good smack with my crop we fixed that. The plan for our rounds was to not stress about doing the strides, if we got them great, if I steadied for the add that was fine. Trainer just wanted a nice, whole number with impulsion. In the first round I was bit conservative to the first fence and the long approach to the single oxer at fence two got me. I waited and buried Peebs at the base and it felt like he crawled over it. But as soon as I sat up and put my leg on on the landing side something clicked in my head and I realized we had it. Peebs was going to jump no matter where I put him and not crash so why not go for it? We did do the add strides, but as long as I sat up with leg everything worked. And it was fun. I was surprised to get a third out of 8 for the round.
I only had a small break before my second round (one person went then I was back in) and I was still trying to catch my breath as we went in. First three fences were fine, but coming into the judge's outside line Peebs slowed down and we got a really awkward distance to the first fence. We landed in a heap and I couldn't decide if I should move up for the add, or wait and add two strides. Which got us to the second fence at a half stride and I pulled Peebs out of the line. We walked a couple steps to regroup then I asked hard for the canter and rode really forward to the oxer. We were getting over that fence no matter what. It was mostly for my sake; Peebs would have jumped from where ever. I just had to convince myself of that. After that line it was back to the single diagonal oxer. I didn't want to bury him at it like the first round so about five strides out I sat up and put leg on to push Peebs at it. We got a slightly long distance, but had the impulsion to make it work. After that I could relax going into the last outside line. After the course Trainer and I talked about the circling and we both agreed that I just needed more time. I felt rushed going into the round and didn’t have the pace and confidence I needed. I need more of a break between rounds to get myself together. I’m not happy that I pulled out of the line, but I’m not beating myself up over it. I’m glad I was able to go back and fix it, as well as the next fence. Not surprisingly we pulled an 8th out of 8 for this round.