Let me start off by saying, I have a whole 2 followers now! Great success.
So Sunday was an adventure all in itself. It was freaking hot. Like sweltering 105* hot. I rode beginner novice test B in the combined test (show jumping and dressage) and then in a test in it's own all in the same day. Mind you, I had only ridden Phoenix 7 times leading up to this show. It was cheap to enter and we wanted to get a good starting point which is why we entered. :)
The first test was interesting. The approx. time on beginner novice test B is 3:20. Well we did it in probably, 2 minutes. Phoenix had a very nice and relaxed warmup. He did it like the pro that he is. But when we got into the test, it was me that choked. I was so focused on remembering my test that I sort of forgot how to ride. :) I've always struggled with dressage with Millennium, but I forgot that I was dealing with a 3rd level dressage horse here. Beginner novice dressage was easy stuff to him. He took advantage of my passenger-ness and did the test the way he wanted to do it. And on the right lead canter, we we're supposed to trot at H, and I couldn't get him to trot until well into the second corner. So yeah, lots to work on. The judge gave us a fair 40 which set us in 2nd place out of 4 riders. :) We jumped around show jumping clean and easy to keep us in second and to get our very first ribbon together as a team.
Watch our first test below. :)
After I knew what to work on after riding the first test, in the warm-up, I focused on slow and relaxed and listening to my aids. We also did lots of transition work. The second test was significantly better. This time I was so focused on my riding that I kind of forgot my test. :) It's either one or the other! Well with the error of pilot (-2 error) I earned a 35! That is my best test to date! And to think that it would've been a 33 without the error. And I've only ridden him 7 times leading up to the show. I think we can really go somewhere together as a team. I've entered him in the USEA Heritage Park Horse Trials on August 27-28 at beginner novice. It's the same test we did that weekend so hopefully I can improve it even more.
|Looking good, Phoenix ;)|
On a side note, me and my friend took Phoenix and my pony, Disney, on a trail ride that ended in swimming in a pond. It was a blast. Millennium comes home sunday so we're all going on another one and I promise I'll take lots of photos. In the meantime, enjoy the pictures (and video) from last week!
|Phoenix confused because I wasn't on his back.|
|Disney enjoying a nice roll with Michaela on her back.|