Woody won the dressage! I almost fell over! It wasn’t a perfect test, but it was forward and the judge apparently liked forward. The other tests I guess? Not so forward. I’m guessing they also didn’t blow a lead, but he blew the lead going forward?
There was a rail in Stadium because they were jumping out of the Bog of Despair, but our dressage (35.5… who WINS the Novice dressage with a 35.5 these days???) plus the 4 faults was still good enough for second place.
YAY for second place.
Liza and I had SUCH a lovely day. It was much more relaxing with only two horses going and we had a large time.
Woody’s allergies were bugging the CRAP out of him Saturday. He hasn’t really shown his head shaking propensity for a while, but I stuck a towel up his nose and twirled it around, itched his face real well right before he went in, and they were off.
So here are the videos. Exhibit A. The dressage test. Note on the second canter he was ABOUT to pick up the correct lead and said “Eh, not so much.”
I will apologize for my filming this weekend, I sucked. It didn’t help that my camera broke: This malfunction is taking a couple of forms:
- First the digital Zoom was stuck ON, this makes it grainy and crappy. SO I turned it off so it was no longer an option. TAKE THAT CANON!
- Then it became so I could not zoom in and out while I was filming. This sucks. I have yet to find a clever fix.
Stadium warm up was a bit for Woody to take. There were a couple of horses that were kinda crazy and Woods was a little wild to begin with. He was skeeeeert! So Liza took a couple of warm-up fences and walked out of the warm up towards the ring trying to find Woody’s happy place.
The footing was pretty squishy, and Woods had a rail at the second fence. EVERYONE but one rider had a rail in stadium. Damn that single rider and her blue ribbon stealing clear round! 😉
After his stadium ride some guy who was spectating asked me all sorts of questions about Woods, and told me how much he liked him. He also told me to tell “Who ever you’ve got riding him today” that she’s doing a wonderful job. So something nice for Liza and something nice for me. 🙂
XC, Liza said he was a machine, and was just going to become a BIGGER machine. She said the difference in the way he went around last weekend and this weekend was amazing. He wasn’t bad last weekend, but just a little uptight. Some of that was because it was his first outing of the year AND his first time at novice (and a BIG novice at that), and some probably because he and Liza had never gone out together. Whatever the case she said he was a super star out there yesterday.
Here’s the video. Please excuse my ridiculous exclamations each time he jumps a fence. I’m just a little smitten.
So there it is. We don’t know when our next outing is but I’m planning on being the one riding the Little Red Freak!