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San Antonio Charity – February 2017

San Antonio Charity – February 2017

Yesterday I bragged profusely about my great horse show. Sorry about that, but today I’ll get into the more nitty gritty detail for those of you that like those kind of posts. As previously discussed, I decided to enter the 2’3″ and 2’6″ jumpers instead of the 2’6″ and 2’9″ heights we had been previously showing at. I stepped back because it’d been almost a year since I showed at all (April 2016), and it had been a year and…

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That One Time

That One Time

Something very weird happened to me at the show this weekend. I’ve been showing for over 15 years, and the following has never happened: I signed up classes appropriate for my horse and my riding level. I brought a well trained, seasoned horse to the horse show. I listened to what my trainer said, didn’t go off course and rode competitively… and I pinned well in every class. Not only did I pin well, but I picked one of my two divisions…

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Horse Show Hangover Media Dump

Horse Show Hangover Media Dump

One of the great things about having a barn family versus somewhere to just take lessons is that nobody questions why you would choose to spend your entire weekend at a horse show where you are not showing. Instead they say things like, “We’re ordering pizza for the classic. Can you bring ice for the beer?” Why yes, I can bring ice. I can also drink 3 ciders in an hour after not eating much and being super dehydrated. I can…

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February San Antonio Charity – Sunday

February San Antonio Charity – Sunday

On day two of the horse show, Simon and I were kind of over it. It’s not that I didn’t wake up excited and ready to horse show (and maybe a little bit hungover… turns out day drinking isn’t really my style)… I did! However, when the hunter ring is dragging and a nap feels like a super solid idea, it can be hard to motivate one’s self. By the time we got to my first class, the 2’6″ Equitation, I…

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February San Antonio Charity – Saturday

February San Antonio Charity – Saturday

On Friday night when we were schooling, I trotted around the jumps in the hunter ring and told my trainer how small everything looked. They were all set to around 2′, which used to be my comfort level but now looks like speed bumps. Don’t think I’m knocking all the 2′ hunter riders aren’t there who think schooling that height at the show is scary. I’ve been there. I know your feels, but now it looks itty bitty. After we cruised down…

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All the Feels

All the Feels

This weekend I took my two dogs and a cooler full of bubbly & cheese to meet Simon and my barn family in San Antonio for a schooling show. I had made the executive decision months ago to focus on the hunters, so this was to be our first legitimate show back in that ring. I wasn’t sure what to expect. Part of me felt like we’d win everything, and part of me thought it’d be a huge failure and…

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San Antonio Charity – Sunday

San Antonio Charity – Sunday

To quickly recap Saturday, I had one amazing round with a great ribbon and two rounds where I made pretty major mistakes.  This is how Simon feels about his mom throwing away ribbons: For Sunday, I had two goals.  A) Go straight (Saturday I let him drift left a lot which caused issues) and B) Don’t go slow!  As soon as we walked into the ring for our first 2’3″ Power & Speed class, Simon wanted to trot whether I…

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San Antonio Charity – Saturday

San Antonio Charity – Saturday

If you follow my personal Facebook or blog instagram, you probably already know that I had a great show.  In case you don’t… I had a great show.  Great great great.  Feel like a million bucks great. My goals going in were to have a confidence booster for me and to give Simon a show where he felt like a rock star for being a good pony.  I can’t speak for Simon, but I feel like a rock star too and…

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Jumper Debut – Sunday

Jumper Debut – Sunday

The last morning of the horse show, I leisurely arrived at the show grounds again (love a “will not start before 9:00am class!) and opted not to lunge since it was pouring rain.  He had worked pretty hard the day before, and I didn’t anticipate any shenanigans. Since I felt so brave over the 2’6″ jumpers the day before, I briefly thought about adding a 2’9″ class to end the weekend on a challenge.  Sunday I decided against this for…

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Jumper Debut – Saturday 2’6″ Jumpers

Jumper Debut – Saturday 2’6″ Jumpers

After a brief break for Simon to eat some hay and me to change his bit back to our normal setup, we were on again for the 2’6″ jumpers. Our first course was the same as my previous 2’3″ class, so I didn’t have to do any more memorization (score!).  Waiting for our round I was super relaxed… which is a big deal for horse show nerves me.  Therefore, Simon was also super relaxed.  None of the jumps looked big to…

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Jumper Debut – Saturday 2’3″ Jumpers

Jumper Debut – Saturday 2’3″ Jumpers

If you like cliff notes, here’s the high level overview: I had so much fun this weekend.  Simon was an absolute rock star.  Seriously y’all, he was just so good.  I could brag about him for days… and I guess I will be since I’m breaking up the show write up into several posts.  There’s just a lot that happened and a ton of photos so I wanted to write everything as detailed as possible without making the show post into a…

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