Yes, this title is an exact quote from one of my friends regarding the show this weekend. This show definitely had some low points but O-M-G it has some high points!
I signed up to do both the Primary and Intermediate divisions. Just like the last show, the weather was supposed to monsoon on us so I was super excited about that!
I got drenched while flatting but it cleared up right as I started jumping, YAY! I can’t believe the luck I had with the ring all to myself! Our jumping was good but not spectacular. We had one scary moment on our last line. It was headed home and 2 strides out from the in Winifred grabbed the bit and even though I had a Thor-like grip my reins slipped out of my hands. TS even heard me exclaim….”SHIT!” It was a 5 but Winifred really saw the 4. By the grace of God, he must have felt me flailing up there to get my grip cause at the last second, he added a short stride to make the 5. Whew! Because of this I had a friend ringside the whole weekend with rubber reins in case I needed to switch out. God smiled down though and just gave us overcast weather! Yay!
Saturday my day started with Primary hunters. Our first round was really good. Win was nice and responsive which earned us a second. We only had 3 in our class, so it doesn’t sound impressive, but it was a great hunter round for Win. Our second course was not so great. Winifred decided that he wanted to run through everything. It was going alright until I whoa’ed a little too hard and we got stuck on a half stride. I asked him to take the long spot and he said, “nope.” Luckily, I stayed on and we finished the course, but, crap it was ugly. Intermediates went ok. After my flub on the outside line from Primary, I got a little heavy with my leg asking him to jump the out that I ended up lighting Winifred up a bit. Lol. Looking at the video it doesn’t look as bad as I thought it did. Our 2nd hunter course went eh. I have said it a million times and I will say it a million more, Winifred is NOT a hunter so I am happy with eh.
Sunday, again started with Primary. I had one hunter course and one eq. Our hunter course was ugly with a refusal and honestly, I still don’t understand what happened. I thought we were good then all of the sudden we weren’t. TS said that it looked like he was jumping up, but when he hesitated, I sat back so I would not go over his neck but then he started to jump again. This back and forth ended with us on the other side of the demolished fence. I took a deep breath and finished.
I was super excited about our eq O/F class since there as only 1 straight line. Rollbacks are Winifred’s jam! Too bad he locked on the out and our first rollback was ugly. The rest of the course was alright. Our eq OTF went well and we got 2nd.
For Intermediates, we had a hunter course, eq O/F, and our medal. TS and I decided to scratch the hunter class because we didn’t want him to get back on straight line courses again. Our eq O/F course was the same as our Primary course and all I have to say is “Why, Why, WHY DID NO ONE GET A VIDEO OF THIS COURSE?!?!!?!?!?!?!” Not even slightly joking it was the BEST course Winifred and I have ever done together!!! It was B-U-T-T-E-R!!!! Even TS was excited and said that we would be high in the placings. Much to our surprise, we didn’t even place! TD ended up telling me I got marked down for talking to him on course. For real?!?! I won’t even get year-end points for what was my best round! I thought we would do well in our eq OTF because he was so relaxed. We ended up 5th.
The medal course was even more fun than the eq course. There was not a single straight line!! It was tailormade for Winifred! It went great! Since he was in eq mode he listened to me for direction instead of locking on where he thought we should go. We got a score of 74 which put us 3 points behind 1st. Our test was weird. We lined up in the center of the ring, post trotted out of line to the judge who was standing in a pavilion, she asked us which bit we were using, then sit trot back to the line. I am surprised we didn’t move down in our placing since he did not want to trot to the scary lady! At one point his so straight up in the air that it completely blocked my view of the judge. Lol.
So that was my weekend. We had some not so great moments but the silver lining is that I didn’t let it get to me. I took a deep breath and finished my courses without letting my nerves take over and then transfer down to Winifred. With each course I got more and more confident which translated to 2 of my best courses. Hopefully, I can keep my head out of my ass! LOL