|Pretend this is blue ribbon times 3, because we won all our classes!|
I wasn't able to stay until the last two classes pinned though (the classes were open all day).
I dropped the ball and didn't take any pictures with my phone from the prep phases. What the hell!
You know how I decided that Penn was going to get over his clipper phobia asap? You know how you school at home with all kinds of distractions because anything can happen at a horse show? My first test is why we do all that prep at home. The barn that hosts the show is a large hunter jumper barn and just because they're holding a show doesn't mean the barn stops it's regular activities. Boarders find other rings to ride in, lessons are taught, and the staff keeps working like a normal day. This past Sunday included clipping horses.
A little background info about the host barn: It is a HUGE 75,000+ square foot facility with two indoor rings, 200 stalls, 3 outdoor rings and a polo field. The whole indoor arena/warm up arena/boarder stalls/show stalls/lounge/everything you could ever want in a barn is under a massive steel truss building (you know, the ones with the huge steel arches that stick out into the arena). There are two indoors- the main one that we show in, and a smaller (yet still large enough to hold a 20x60m ring) warm up arena. Boarder stalls and an aisle run down both longsides of the main indoor arena (cross section: building wall, stalls, aisle, wall, show ring, wall, aisle, stalls, building wall). The aisles and stalls have a ceiling, and the hay is kept above. They hay the horses by dropping flakes from the loft. The warm up ring is a large sectioned off part of the building that has, what I assume are, temporary stalls set up in a permanent manner. I can't believe they take down over 100 stalls after every show- not when they host a show or two every month. The show stabling and warm up ring mirrors the set up of the main indoor and boarder stabling, minus the loft (cross section: building wall, stalls, aisle, stalls, warm up, stalls, aisle, stalls, building wall). The sawdust pile is on the warm up ring side of the wall that separates the warm up from the main ring. It's a pretty neat place.
How is all this relevant? Well, normal barn functions on Sunday included running clippers on the other side of the show ring wall next to the letter F. Remember when I turned on the clippers at home and Penn left the barn? I am super glad I made him get over his clipper phobia. He heard those suckers click on right when I started my first test and was like, "Holy shit, it's the clippers!!!" but I was able to tell him to stuff it for the most part and have a semi-good test.
And the papers...
For a 63.478%. I tied with one of the other riders in my group, but I had better collectives than she did, so I won! It was a big class too, 12 riders, including my trainer! She was riding one of her new sensitive baby horses (she was 3rd, wahoo, top three for us!)
And the papers...
For a 69.038%. I won by 5.2%! It was another big class too, 11 riders. And super thrilled about an 8 for rider marks. I've never scored higher than a 6 or 6.5.
And the papers...
For a 68.182%. I won by 3.9%. It was a smaller class, just 7 riders. I botched the last canter to trot... I never prepped him for a downward transition and blew past C. Also, shallow loops in a wider than 20m, small sized dressage arena? Not cool.
|I LOVED this stretchy trot from T3. A bit on the forehand, but he was so willing.|
|Like, I really loved this stretchy trot.|
Trainer had no real complaints for me - just that Penn needs more strength and time is what's going to build that. She also said he needs 2.5 tests - he's distracted a bit in the first but gets better as he goes, is great for the second, and gets tired by the third.
All in all, my barn had a great day. They don't divide the classes into Open and AA/Jr at this show series, everyone who is riding gets lumped together by test. One of our riders won Intro A, was 2nd in Intro B. I won all of Training Level (and had the high score of the day, but boo, there's no ribbon for that!). One of the other riders was 3rd in BN B and 2nd in Training 1. Trainer was 3rd in Training 1 and 3, 2nd in Training 2. Another of our riders was 1st in Novice B and Training A, and 2nd in Novice A. We did no worse than 3rd in any class! Not too shabby for 13 tests in a wait-listed show!
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