It’s safe to say that I have horse showing on the brain.
I spent my day with Jen and Echo (aka Baby Race Horse) at an itty bitty schooling show an hour southwest of Austin. It was an… er… interesting show (I will say there were beautiful jumps and plenty of areas to school that was awesome for competitors), but Echo was a rock star and had a great confidence building learning experience. I played photographer, groom and try to see what the hell was going on with the class list person. After I got home, I pretty much immediately fell asleep and dreamed about horse showing Simon.
Suffice to say, I am going to take him to the CTHJA show this Saturday. We will trailer over Friday night to school, he will spend the night out there and we’ll show Sat. I decided to do a division that’s not CTHJA points rated in hopes that it will be smaller, and am going to show in “Beyond Beginner” 2’0-2’3″. This is a step up from just the 2’0″ we did last year, but trainer says we’re ready and hopefully I won’t be in a class list with a bunch of tiny children. I will be thrilled if I can ever get to a division that’s limited to adults!
So I have a lot to do between now and then. One lesson, some hacks and maybe a training ride before we school Friday. I have to finalize my show clothes, clean my newly repaired boots (ie make it seem like they weren’t held together by duct tape at the last show), clean tack, clip horse… The list could go on.
Until then, please share any tips you have about showing in the heat. It’s supposed to be 101 on Saturday. I may die. It’s a legit possibility. Fat Norwegian people aren’t supposed to see 101 let alone show in it!