|Standing at the trailer like a grown up.|
|Looking into troll corner, haha.|
|People on the sidelines were obviously also terrifying.|
After her test, she went back to the trailer and tied out like an old seasoned show horse while I untacked her. I didn't want to deal with her at the trailer for the next few hours while I waited for Ruby's test, so I pulled Ruby's tack out and had DH run Cinna home. Not 10 minutes later I regretted that, when scores were posted (missed photo op guys!). There were only five people in my class total, so I knew we would ribbon, but I wasn't expecting much. I was absolutely shocked when I checked and we received a 68.438% and second place! The class winner was a schoolmaster who won with a 70%, so absolutely no shame in taking second to that. I stood there and cried like a ninny -- thank God my friends were still hanging out and they took Ruby away from me for a minute and let me process. Ride number 13 was pretty lucky for us!
|Noooo stretch in the free walk, haha.|
|That halt tho!|
|#sorrynotsorry for the photo overload haha|
After I got off my emotional roller coaster (what can I say, I'm a girl sometimes!), I still had to pull myself together for Ruby's rides. Because I was still so stuck on the Cinna thing, Ruby got the short end of the stick attention-wise, but she's a good sport. She was a little tired after showing Saturday (she's not as fit as she could be because I haven't riding that much), so I kept our warm up very short and mostly at the walk. After our comments from Saturday, the biggest things I wanted to focus on were more correct bend, and not breaking gait at the canter. I was successful at maintaining the canter in both tests, and partially successful in the bend department -- no comments about counterbend in the first test, but we had some in the second. I know at least part of that was also exhaustion on my part -- I am not nearly as fit as I was last year when I was riding and showing two horses WAY more than I have been this year. I wasn't supporting her like I needed to, and that showed up in a variety of ways.
High note! An 8 on her final halt in the first test. Low notes -- comments about tenseness and counterbend, especially in the second test. We ended up with a 65% in T1 and 62.045% in T3, adding two more yellow ribbons to our collection. Although reading through all the scores from Sunday, the lowest was a single 5.5 (we did get a 4 on Saturday for a canter break and then wrong lead). If you'd seen some of my tests with Topaz my first year at training level, we had soooo many 4s and 5s it wasn't even funny, haha.