A #FAIL, a win and a second.
May 26, 2012 8 Comments
God, where to start. What a day! Today we went with a few barnmates to a nearby schooling show. It had a great turnout, which you always like to see – but the warm up ring was chaotic. All of the Green as Grass/Intro classes went in the morning, meaning that the ring was full of either green riders or green horses (or in some cases, both.) There were two horses I was steering clear of, and a handful of kids that weren’t really watching where they were going.
It sucked. It was crazy and I hated it, but Derby was a total star. He was as cool as a cucumber, and we had a great warm up. I was really excited about our test, because he felt great and things were going very well.
Until they weren’t.
Things became very un-okay in a heartbeat, when Derby spooked – and spooked hard – at something in the corner. Normally, he takes me with him but I simply couldn’t stick this one. Nope. I wound up in the dirt, scarily close to one of the horses I’d studiously been trying to avoid – a hot-potato giant green warmblood that was spending most of its time light on its front end and backing up. I did think for a minute that I was in for a good stomping.
It took me a minute to determine that I was okay, and initially I told Christy that I was going to scratch. But really, the fall didn’t hurt and I didn’t get stomped by the big scary warmblood. I felt fine, so I shouted to Christy that I had changed my mind, and she managed it with the show crew. I got back on and out we went.
Derby was pretty tense but we had some nice moments. I was able to get him to listen and round and engage – not consistently, but more than I did at Silverwood two weeks ago. We brought in a 55% which would up being good for fourth, out of a class of eight. Not bad, after all.
My next ride was a bit more than an hour after my first, so I untacked Derbs so we could both chill a bit. We did a minimal warm up (but were able to go by that corner with no further incidents) and rode a better test, garnering a 60.3%. This second ride netted us the red ribbon for second place.
It was a fun day, and we made some good steps forward, not the least of which was managing a decent test after that harrowing warm up. I’m going to shoot for another outing mid-June.