Back At It: D4K Benefit Show Recap
|I hate spending money, but I'm LOVING that I splurged on a new show outfit this year!|
If you've been reading this blog for any length of time, you know that there is a certain baseline level of anxiety that sits on my shoulder like some kind of demented parrot. It likes to come with me to horse shows, and it LOVES to hang out and whisper sweet nothings into my ear when I'm jumping. And in the same way that Emma talked about so recently, it manifests itself in the creating of nearly-obsessive-level plans and lists and other little bastions of control. Especially in a sport like riding where so much can go wrong and we have control over so very, very little, being able to carefully orchestrate and painstakingly visualize things like packing, training, memorizing tests, and plotting out the timeline and logistics of the day helps me to feel more confident, prepared, and in control.
|15m canter circle: nailed it.|
Pretty much none of those things happened except the tack cleaning, during which I violently whipped myself in the eyeball with the end of a browband, effectively destroying any sense of zen I might have had. I was relatively confident that I knew my test, but I had only ridden the 2019 First 1 test once without forgetting an entire movement, so really it was anyone's guess how that would go once the show ring nerves really kicked in. We'd had a great lesson the week prior, but it wasn't so much a "check in before the show" lesson as a "let's give you a whole new toolkit" lesson. I was exhausted from a week of insanity at the office and two weeks' worth of very late nights spent dogsitting.
I did, at least, know what I was wearing.
|Trot lengthening: CHECK.|
And Dino, bless him, was ready to rock and roll. I was feeling nervous as I got ready to leave the barn that morning until the moment when I led Dino outside to give him a break from standing on the crossties. I had fussed and cleaned and wrapped him, and he knew what was up. Dino trotted out the door, head up, ears up, totally pumped for SHOW DAY! I had to grin and laugh a little - that pony loves going places and he was ready to rock and roll.
So rock and roll we did.
|Strutting down centerline. One of the best moments in life is entering at A.|
It did the trick, and we proceeded to have our best First Level test yet!
I did not forget any movements, I stayed relaxed enough to think through the entire test, and while there were certainly some mistakes made, Dino was there for me throughout the whole thing and recovered well from the bobbles we had. I was THRILLED!
|Stretchy trot could use a little more stretch, but not half bad!|
|You can see my HUGE GRIN here - these lenthenings were SO MUCH FUN!|
I got a 7. On my rider score. At First Level. From a very very tough judge.
I can now die happy.
I can't wait for the next one!