Even though I decided to cancel my plans to show in March, I’m a horse show addict and I usually can’t stay away. I headed out early to watch our hunters go, planning to ride Simon during lunch before the jumpers and then come back to the horse show to watch and photograph the jumpers in the afternoon. Of course, we know how horse show schedules go and I ended up staying all day and getting properly sunburnt.
The morning started off super foggy and overcast. I swear the gray horses totally blended into the sky.
Our hunters put in great rounds and were rewarded fairly, which is always a great start to the show day. I enjoyed watching the divisions Simon and I would be shooting for this year – Green 2’6″ and Modified 2’6″ – go around. Not everyone was perfect, and I felt like if I could improve getting leads over the fence and our changes we’d be pretty competitive.
There was a bit of trickling between the start of jumpers and the end of hunters… per always. I brought Pascale with me for an outing, and even though she was on her best behavior I’d sometimes turn around to see her covered and mud and digging a whole by the arena… whoops. When she got wild I just let her tug on her leash until she got tired, but most of the day she resorted to just watching the horses go around and being a good, patient puppy.
When the little jumpers started up, 2’6″ – 2’9″, I felt like it didn’t look giant or terrifying. This is big progress for me, because usually anything in the jumper ring = death. This time I felt more like, “We could probably get over these but I don’t guarantee it would be pretty.” Who knows, maybe by the end of the year I’ll feel like getting around properly is doable. No telling.
The sky finally cleared towards the end of the day for the Open Jumpers, 3’3″ – 3’6″ and I got to watch our people put in some more nice riding. I stayed for most of the show before my stomach demanded lunch and Simon needed to be ridden, so I headed out early afternoon as the jumpers were finishing up.
On the Simon front, I’m cautiously optimistic. I’ll do a fuller post on his progress this week, but I hacked him around at the trot on Saturday afternoon and he felt much better to me. It will take ten days for the injections to have their full effect, but hopefully the next time I’m able to ride him he’ll be even better! For now, that cloudy Saturday helped bring in some rain so I’m spending a lot more time in the house than at the barn.