Ugly Sweater Horse Show

Apparently I do have magical powers, or perhaps God just took pity on us horse people because the morning of the horse show dawned dry and miraciously warm.  It was a toasty 40 degrees while I was tacking up, and even thought a slight mist started down a few hours later when I was actually mounted, it wasn’t anything I couldn’t handle.

The weather man scared most of our entries away, and it ended up being a very small show, mostly competing against people I knew.  Which is fine, if not a little anti-climatic.  We were put in the 2’6” classes, and so our flats went first.  I got on only a few minutes before to stretch out Dee’s legs outside before meandering into our class.  It was pretty full, with maybe 7-8 horses.  We did our thing, and undersaddle snagged a 2nd place to start off the day.

Ugly sweater vest ftw

My trainer asked that I come out for equitation round.  So Dee and I wandered back out into the rain to get her martingale on for jumping.  I would be lying if I said I wasn’t disappointed to not flat again.  (Don’t judge) Flats are not the most exciting classes-but she’s a cute little horse and I was eager to be in the ring.

I was the first back on Dee, so I was lined up and ready to roll into our warm-up.  Dee stood like a lady in the misty rain.  A little chestnut gelding came out, and in we went.  We were supposed to do the add step this round, and so I started out with a little pitter patter canter and headed on our way.  Considering how much I’m having to cram her step in, I think she jumps around nicely-if not a little under powered.  Coming down the bending line I half halted a bit too much, and we threw in an awkward trot step/tranter jump over the oxer.  I get awkwardly jumped out of the tack, but we land and canter on just fine.

After completing my courtesy circle, my trainer tells me to just stay in for the 1st hunter class.  I reverse and off we go again!  It’s much the same struggle of really keeping her step small and I then over-corrected to the single on the bending and we have to “climb” over the vertical.  But again, Dee is a correct and smart little horse and we make it around easily.

When I leave the ring after that class, my trainer mentions to me that she thinks we should be done for the day.  I just nodded.

I wanted to write all this last week when I was fired up about it in so many ways.  I was fired up because not only did I make it back to the show ring (abeit a small one), but that we took home a 3rd place in our one judged jumping round!  Yay?!

I also wanted to be fired up about how I have been dying to show since the day I stopped showing in March of 2015…yet only managed to get into 2 judged classes at my home stable.  But now I just feel deflated by it all.  Getting the stomach flu the week after didn’t help either, but I actually haven’t ridden since the show.  Honestly, I haven’t really wanted to.  Maybe my lesson tonight will help drag me out of my “blah” fest.

I adore Dee, that’s not really a question here.  I love riding, also not a question.  But I’d liken being pulled from classes at a home stable kind of like being benched during a home basketball game or something.  It really gives you a hit in the gut.

I don’t know.  Maybe I’m just struggling to see the good side of things?  Whatever it is, I’m glad I got to show at all, and am hoping to get back out there soon.  If anything to prove to myself I can!

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