Early Days

Strad Farms Jumper Show Recap

The other week Hannah and I competed in our 2nd show together and had a really fun time. We did 2′ and 2’3″ jumper classes at the beautiful Stradivarius Farms in Santa Paula.

We did 3 rounds total. The first went well. 
I was happy with how forward and relaxed we were for the entire round. We ended up 3rd out of 5. 
Our next round didn’t go as well. I was first to go in that class and I made a wrong turn. I ended up doing a series of awkward turns  to get to the next jump. The judge thought we crossed our tracks (I disagree). However, one of the jumps was “backwards” (the fill and ground line was on the wrong side) so the judge allowed my round to count and they fixed the jump for all the other riders. Besides all that, I thought I rode okay. We got another yellow ribbon.

Our last round was also mixed. We started off totally in sync then we started chipping to the jumps, so I put my leg on and we finished strong. Only we didn’t finish. I again forgot the course and stopped after the second-to-last jump! So we got disqualified. Womp womp.

Overall I had a wonderful time. Hannah was foot perfect the entire day. I love that all our problems were with me, not my mount, and are totally fixable.

19 comments on “Strad Farms Jumper Show Recap

  1. That is always a good feeling, I think you two will go far!

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  2. So sympathetic to going off course! Ugh, happens to everyone! I wish they'd come out with a brain supplement I could take leading up to shows- then memorizing courses would be a breeze!

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  3. When I used to show (eons ago) I was the queen of going off course! Glad to hear that Hannah was a good girl :)

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  4. Too bad you went off course, but I'm glad that they are easily fixed problems! Hannah seems like a lovely mare.

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  5. you guys look great in that video!! bummer about the course issues… but then again isn't the whole point of eventers going out to jumpers show about getting mileage vs being competitive? seems like you guys had a really positive experience and Hannah certainly doesn't know about the DQ :D

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  6. Hannah looks like a lovely ride- so glad you had a good show, despite going off course! (Hey, we've all been there!)

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  7. Look how cute you two are together!!! Love that you found such a great horse!!

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  8. So uhh, I went off course this spring on a hunter course. So no judgement over here :P Sounds like another great outing you two!

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  9. Ugh- at least you didn't accidentally shout a swear word when you missed the turn (I did)! All in all sounds like a super fun day!

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  10. Thank you =)

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  11. Hahaha, we can start a special label. Ginkobaloba for equestrians.

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  12. She was a very good girl. Yeah going off course is just part of life.

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  13. Paola, she is so lovely you could ride her =)

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  14. Thank you! Yeah, I went just for fun and to help us have another show before I sign up for a HT.

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  15. She knows her job and takes care of me. Its wonderful.

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  16. Aww thanks =)

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  17. Hehehe yeah oh well, we had fun

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  18. Hahaha, no I try not to swear when I'm riding lol

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  19. The round in the video is BEAUTIFUL!

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