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 was a wee bit out of it and lackadaisical. If you need proof, notice that my collar is unbuttoned with my coat on. That’s a grave sin in Lauren’s hunter princess land, but I didn’t even notice until Heather pointed it out to me.
My 2’6″ eq proved to me that I need a warmup round in life, because I was all “Durr I ride horses!” and Simon was all “Durr I jump jumps!” and together we were the captain of the derp squad.
You’ll see me circling, because when I asked for a lead change pony was like “HAHA YOU’RE A FUNNY PERSON!” My motto for Sunday was not to let the nerd horse get away with blowing me off in the corners, so I was quite prepared to blow ribbon chances by circling to make him listen.
Granted, this plan would have probably worked a tad better if I was less tired and riding properly. Instead, I relied way too much on my hands at times and balanced off of the reins versus sitting deep and being softer. The result is less than stellar, but I’m a fat adult amateur rider on her 2nd day of showing… this time sans Prosecco. Sue me 😉
After the disastrous 2’6″ equitation, I went in for my 2’6″ hunter round a little annoyed and determined to make the creature listen when I asked for a lead change. The result? Multiple clean lead changes! He still blew me off in one corner, but as we already determined I wasn’t riding my best so I’ve decided to let that one go.
Before our 2’9″ rounds we had a break where I managed to get less and less motivated. Simon basically stood still and found his inner zen, watching the other horses in the warmup ring. When I got back on for my 2’9″ equitation, I didn’t have a whole lot of fight left in me.
Overall our course went well, but we added in the outside line that had been riding pretty long all day. Bonus points for the pretty kick ass rollback, but the magical lead changes from the round before were long gone. I will say that it was much better than our 2’6″ equitation round though.
So that leaves the last round…
Oh, the last round. I wanted to go out in a triumphant victory of personal achievement, but instead I will take you through the course of the inner dialogue of the nerd horse.
I think I can make this whole thing end MUCH FASTER THAN YOU. Gallop! No, Gallop? Wanna gallop anyway! OH LOOK THERE’S A JUMP BETTER PUT MY FEET DOWN ONCE MORE JUST TO BE SURE. Yup, that was for sure the right decision. WHAT DO YOU MEAN I HAVE TO CHANGE LEADS? I politely decline. WHAT CIRCLING?!? I hate circling. OOO MORE JUMPS. I should put my feet down again. WE ARE GOING SO FAST WHEEEEEE LIKE RACE HORSE! WHY IS THERE MORE CIRCLING? IS CIRCLING THE GOAL? DO I HAVE TO CIRCLE AFTER EVERY JUMP? Oh phew I think it’s over. Can I have cookies now?
I could feel the judge rolling her eyes at me by corner number three, but I felt it necessary to try and tell my creature that blowing past aids and barreling to the next jump was not the best option. In the end he kind of did that anyway… but it’s fine. We never got the same, relaxed canter that I had been enjoying all weekend and the course didn’t stand much of a chance to begin with.
I wasn’t disappointed as I walked back to the barn, because honestly most of our hunter courses have looked this way in the past. The fact that this was the worst course of the weekend is a pretty solid improvement overall.
On Sunday we pinned 7th in the 2’6″ Eq (which was a little tragic), 8th in the 2’6″ Hunter and 7th in the 2’9″ Eq. Shockingly, they did not award a participation prize for “Most Strung Out OTTB With Circling in the Corners.”
If they did, I’d have a new neck ribbon right now!
So that’s the full show report. It was so fun, I might do it all again this weekend. Stay tuned.