I honestly wasn't super jazzed about going. But I've had a little voice in the back of my head whispering how it'd be fun to play in the jumpers so I figured why not. I changed my plans for showing this year and am not aiming for medal finals, or any year end awards, so why shouldn't we go in the jumper ring? And best of all, this show has their jumpers go first thing in the morning so I wouldn't have to wait around all day.
|pics bought from Ella Chedester Photography|
We hauled the boys up the day before and schooled. Peebs was totally fine and we warmed up in the indoor where I'd be showing before going to the outdoor where A was showing. After A was done I wanted to walk around the field where some of the XC jumps were set up. I popped over a couple small coops and logs and walked up the big bank complex. Looking down the drop, all I can say is eventers are crazy for wanting to do that.
On show morning, the arena was open at 8 for schooling with a start time of 8:30. I was on Peebs at 7:58 to make the most of our schooling slot. They had a small mounting block set on the outdoor track that I used to get on and for the first time ever Peebs took of as I was midswing over his back. He put his head down, humped his back and trotted off. I yanked his head up and got him stopped while calling him bad names and got some terrified looks from a couple of pony kids. But once we were in the ring he calmed down and got to work.
We were doing the 0.70m jumpers and the courses was the exact same hunter courses we did at their April show, only with a jump off and they added more fill to the jumper fences. It was honestly kind of a let down. We warmed up ok; the lines were a short five for us and one time I got in super awkwardly and tried to cram six in the line and it didn't go well.
We ended up 6th out of 9 in all of our rounds. I'm happy with how we did. There were definite bobbles, but I know what they were and how to fix them. Part of it was learning how to ride him in our new bit, especially at shows. We're going to play in the jumper ring again in a couple of weeks and will hopefully be able to implement some of the fixes.