Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Oh, the places we'll go!

I must say I'm slightly impressed with myself for being prompt on updating this blog! So much has been happening that I have actually had something TO write about!

Anyways, I am on Summer break.. finally! On Sunday morning, I walked downstairs about 10 am after finally being able to sleep in and my sister says "go get ready, we're going to a horse show." Well, okay... if you say so! Lauren rode her horse in the Novice division at Mill Creek two weeks ago and he had a slight melt down in the stadium, so we both have been practicing in it. This particular show was held at Longview Horse Park, the same venue that the trials were at two weeks ago. It's a pretty big show - two days long, with a big hunter derby and $1,000 jumper mini prix (which I entered, btw...)

We arrived around 12:30 and entered.. I entered in one 2'9" class as a warm-up, two 3' classes, and the $1,000 mini prix.

In the warmup ring, Phoenix was being absolutely fabulous. All of the hunter riders were stopping and staring at us, and then my horse trainer came up to me and goes "From afar, before I recognized that was you, I said wow look at that horse!" Definitely boosted my ego. :)

In the 2'9" class, Phoenix went in and did his stuff. Definitely too easy for him because we darted through the course and jump-off, good enough for a 2nd place in a pretty big class.

In the next class, we had a nice clean course and were definitely fast, but we had a few sticky spots. I felt like I kind of just blacked out. When I was done with the course, and getting ready to do the jump off, I leaned over the side of Phoenix and started dry heaving. I seriously felt like I needed to throw up, but because I hadn't eaten anything yet, nothing came out. I asked for a couple breather seconds, and went on to my jump off. We had a flawless jump-off and would have definitely won the class, if not for the very last jump where Phoenix unfortunately pulled the rail.

My trainer made me scratch from the next class because she wanted me to go get something to eat before the mini prix.

In the mini prix, I felt like I had no chance, because I was up against all professionals and actual jumpers. I think I was the only eventer. My sister even asked me to scratch because she felt like I didn't have a chance, and it was the last class of the day and she didn't want to wait around. I figured, what the hell we already entered, and decided to do it anyways. I felt like this course was a turning point in Phoenix and I's relationship. We are finally starting to figure things out. We had a nice, consistent, fast course over bigger jumps (not whimpy BN height) and he didn't fall on his face from getting on the forehand. I was beaming when we finished the course. Before we went back in for the jump-off, my sister (who is a former A/O 3'6" jumper champion 3 consecutive years in a row in MO and KS) was giving me some pointers. My trainer on the other hand, just wanted us to have a good course. I'm too competitive to not want to win, so I definitely listened to my sister. Phoenix and I went in there and ripped through the course with some serious roll backs that I didn't even know he was capable of until then. We had a clean jump-off with a time of 35 seconds. I think the highlight of the show was my sister coming up to me after that course and saying "I don't even think I could've ridden a better jumper course than that." That tickled me pink. Unfortunately, our time was not competitive enough for first, but we were good enough for 5th place which won us 50 bucks! The people that beat me were professionals, so for an eventer, I couldn't have been more pleased.

We have a show next weekend at Heritage Park, debuting at novice and the weekend after that our first recognized novice at Queeny Horse Park! Wish us luck!!

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