The show was really fun all around. I had a great support team there, including my wonderful hubby. The weather was perfect, except for a flash rain (more like a drizzle) randomly for just a few minutes.
Our first ride was Beginner Novice Dressage Test A. Overall it went well. We had a short warm-up, working on forward and back, adding in more contact as we got Hemie more in front of the leg.
The test went fine. I progressively asked for more and more of Hemie throughout the ride, though our work to the left (first half of test) was still better than our work to the right (second half of test). I felt good about it, and the judge gave us a 40. I’m especially proud of our free walk, which got us 6.5 (x2). I didn’t push for bend, was more focused on good connection, relaxation, and steady rhythm.
Next was time for our combined stadium and cross-country jumping. There was hardly anyone competing, yet somehow Hemie and I were standing around for over 2 hours waiting for our round. We hung out in the warm-up ring, watching the competitors go and snuggling anyone who stood nearby. I kept dropping my stirrups to give my ankles and break, and my kind husband kept bringing water. Hemie seemed content to hang out there all day, actually.
Overall I felt good about our round, and proud of myself for being more present and proactive during the round. We again had a hiccup at the jump out of the water – not sure what that was about, but besides that all was fine. We even did the large solid round option at jump #8.
We placed 1st in both our classes (don’t know how many were in them…I think just 1 other person), so we took home some pretty blue satin…and an extremely random prize of a bottle of lotion.