We got back to the show around 8 and wandered to the ring to try and guess when I'd go. My parents parked themselves by the ring while I went back to get ready. I was doing two divisions on Saturday; an 18" USHJA Outreach Hunter and an 18" Green Rider Hunter. The Outreach division had classes on Sunday as well, and I was also in the Green Rider Eq on Sunday. The GR Hunter division had 9 in it, while the Outreach had 1-3 per class. I was the only one doing the whole division. I had four over fences rounds and they had all four cards open before two under saddles.
Warm up went well, but I was still at bit nervous at how Peebs would be once we were actually in the ring. I decided that we'd trot the first round then try cantering. My goal for our round was to ride forward, not let my nerves get to me, and not pick at him. The first trot round went fine, but I forgot to count in the lines. I thought they should have been 7s on the outside, and 8 across the diagonal. When we went back in to canter, the outsides rode in a 6.5 and the diagonal was 7. I pushed him forward for the 6 and it actually felt pretty good. He was flowing really well, and the 6 and 7 came easy. I was kinda shocked at how easy and good everything felt. I figured I must have screwed up my math. It was some of the easiest hunter rounds I've ever had, on any horse. We did have to do simple changes since Peebs doesn't have flying ones yet, but other than that we cruised right along.
|In which I'm cursing former me for signing up for the flat classes|
We ended up placing in all of our classes with the first for our solo under saddle, a first and second in the Outreach over fences, and a fourth and a sixth over fences in the Green Rider and a sixth for the GR under saddle. I was super happy with how we did, especially compared to the show a month ago. Peebs was like a total been-there-done-that show pony and I could focus on what I needed to work on and not worry about what he'd do. I was kicking myself for every being worried about cantering him around at a show.
Sounds like fun!ReplyDelete
So impressed with all your hard work and progress! Inspiring, for sure :)ReplyDelete
What a great day! I'm so glad you've gotten Peebs figured out and you were able to have fun out there.ReplyDelete
How awesome that Peebs took everything in so well!! That's awesome and has to make you feel so proud of all the work you've done with him!ReplyDelete