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 me, and I had 100% confidence that my horse was going to jump them all.
I repeat, 2’6″ did not look big. Maybe I’m becoming a brave girl after all?
Heading into the round, the only thing I wanted to accomplish was staying over longer after the fence so I didn’t hit my poor horse in the mouth anymore.
We definitely accomplished that, but we still didn’t have enough pace overall. Moments were better, but we continued to add a chip in both the in and out and the two stride. He pulled a rail during one of these, but I can’t be upset about that since the distance isn’t really there at all.
Simon is a horse that thrives on consistency, and once he gets it in his head that something is “correct” he will do it again and again. Since we started the day off so slow, he thought adding was “right” in these lines… and I really needed to drive him through it to fix that problem. In the first 2’6″ class, I didn’t drive enough and we pulled the rail. Even with the four faults, our efforts were good enough for 6th out of 10.
Going into the second 2’6″ class and my final one for Saturday, I had a new course to memorize. A new, super long course. 19 jumps total! I thought I may die.
Spoiler alert – I didn’t die, but I also didn’t jump all 19!
For the first round, we still had chipping issues in the one and two strides but managed to get around clean.
Then it was time for the jump off, and I really upped my riding. I wanted to go clear!
We headed towards the dreaded one stride and I kicked before and in the middle to get it in one stride… woohoo! Finally fixed that boo boo properly.
Then as I headed towards the end gate I cantered up to a fence that I couldn’t remember if I should jump or not. Hmm? I chose not, and that was incorrect. Even though we had a pretty tight turn to the last oxer, missing the jump caused our jump off to have no score. We were clean, but off course.
I’m still kicking myself a bit about this, because every rider in the class pulled a rail in the jump off. Assuming he wouldn’t have pulled a rail (possible but unlikely) we would have won! Still, we managed 5th out of 12 even with no score in the jump off and I was really proud of my pony. He really tried his heart out for me and I can’t blame him for my mistakes!
That ended day one with a ribbon in every class, despite some big boo boo’s from mom. One third, two fifths and a sixth. On Sunday we had one class left in each height, but I’ll leave those details for tomorrow!