So last weekend I WAS able to get Woody into the USEA recognized Maryland Horse Trials.
I had offered to volunteer in the AM, so my trainer brought Woods over using Allie’s rig. I felt like such a hunter princess… I mean besides the whole volunteering bit.
When he first got there he was a little up, and when I decided to take him on a leisurely hack around the show grounds before my dressage test, I learned a lesson.
Don’t Do That.
Woody likes to get to work. On our leisurely walk there were some crow hops, maybe one genuine mini-rear, lots of jigging and a couple of sideways bounces.
So I said, I don’t care who I scare, I’m taking him into the Dressage warm-up and putting his ass to work. The show grounds were so packed, there really was no space to work outside of the ring.
The second I started trotting Woody was all “FINALLY, all that tootling around was getting on my nerves.” He was great.
Our test was decent for his 2nd one ever. And to be more specific, the first half was actually quite lovely.
Then we cantered
Anyway, I didn’t really care about the intermittent giraffe impersonation after said canter, When I halted on the center line I was positively giddy.
I then proceeded to have 40 days and 40 nights until it was time for me to go stadium and XC.
He responded by balancing himself and jumping us out of the spaz-made situation.
XC was even better. He’s still so green, and sizing things up, but pretty much if you put it in front of him, he’s going over it. We had a little wiggle and propping at the first water, but he trotted right into the second one. More Pictures!
We finished on our (not impressive, but not awful) dressage score of 45.0 and actually got a ribbon. A lovely pink 5th place one to be exact.
I don’t know if this will work, but here’s an album of some of the pics from the event.
So, with 3 weeks to get ready, I sent my entry in to the Fall VHT. Every Fall, the VHT was my goal for the year. Whether it was for Ozzy and I to move up a level (we did both our Novice and Training Move up there), or to break 30 in Dressage, or finish on said dressage score, that was where we wanted to do it. It’s such a lovely venue, and it’s just a really special event to me. From the moment Ozzy was born, my goal was to take him training at VHT. I did last fall, and I lost him three weeks later.
Woody has helped me so much in the past year, it only makes sense that this is how we finish our season together.