This horse show was the last in the local summer series stuff, and I was pretty excited about it. It was gorgeous weather out, and mostly cloudy so we weren’t burning up.
I headed to the warm up ring, loving that the 2’6” classes run first in the outdoor ring, and quickly realized that I had too much bit. After a quick walk, trot, canter, I ran back and swapped out her snaffle pelham for a mullen mouth pelham. Really good decision, as she came out much happier with the new bit. We hopped over a few warm up jumps and we were ready. Since another trainer was busy with some problem ponies, I got to go in almost back to back for my first three classes. It was fantastic!
We felt really great in our warm-up class, even with me riding a bit defensively. We got our changes, and even with she rooted down with her head, I was able to sit back and push her back up. Go us.
Our first judged class, went pretty well we had a rather loud flying change at one end, and got a little tight into the oxer right in front of the judge. We got a third place!
The second class, O and I headed in with a bit less speed, and quietly loped our way down the lines. Everything was so much smoother. We marched out with a shiny blue ribbon for that one.
The next division was a bit smaller, but we wanted O to go around as much as possible, so in we went again for two classes. First time in we got a tight spot to the single on the diagonal, but even if it was tight, I was so proud of how she jumped out of it instead of straight up in the air. We left with a second place ribbon for our efforts.
Second time back in we nailed it the distances, and I feel like I got more quiet with my hands. End result was a quieter horse. I was so proud of her! We got another blue for this round! Squee!
And here’s the topping on the cake. O and I walked out with our first blue ribbon during the under saddle flat class! We hadn’t heard the placings for jumping yet, so this was the first blue we had ever gotten together and I could not have been more excited or proud. 🙂 There were only four who stayed for the flat, but who cares, my pony was stellar.
First blue for O and me! Ignore my squinty eyes and red face!
I have videos too!!
First one is of both blue ribbon rounds.
Second one is warm-ups, the other two judged courses, and some of the flat class.
Annnnnnd here’s the tight spot!
Love my girl.
Overall, we won 3 of our classes, got a second and a third. I was overwhelmed with how confident and adjustable she was on course. We have a few things to tweak (and by ‘we’ I mean me), but I could not be happier!