It’s true! Not only did woody and I meet all of our goals (dressage under 40.0, and finish on said dressage score), it earned us a ribbon! A shiny red 2nd place ribbon and a Rubicon Saddle pad; which conveniently is KIND OF Red and Black, which are my colors, Many people have now assured me it wouldn’t be cheesy to use it as my new stadium/XC pad. I’m just a little proud of it.
The only thing that COULD have made a day like yesterday any better was my quality Allie time, and I got it! I so miss Allie. She and I at a competition is my happy place. We’re too spastic for me to get nervous, and she’s my xanax. Her being there yesterday meant the world to me.
Our dressage was good. Again, no 20 minute Tevis Cup warm-up and AGAIN a couple of “Too Low” comments (which I agree with). I also didn’t have him as steady in the reins as I would have liked, but still I’ll take it. I mean for crap’s Sake to go from this almost exactly a year ago:
to this weekends test and lost points for being too low, ain’t that bad ;D
Our Stadium was fun, and I can’t tell you how happy my cheering section made me. Towards the end, after I jump every fence I would hear cheering. Holy Crap, it was funny. We still had a couple of sticky fences, but the difference is this week we got through it.
For example, the 2 stride line. You can even hear Allie say “Oh this is going to be adorable!” I too thought it was going to be lovely. I saw a nice forward distance, woody saw the chip 😎
But unlike at Waredaca where we both kind of shut down, we powered through (and got 3 in the two, but powered through none the less).
XC was even more fun. I’ve never been to Rubicon before and totally understand why it is the favorite or a lot of people. I was a little concerned about the coup/tent/civil war reenactors, but I didn’t need to be. Woody was a freaking super star. Up the bank, down the bank, handled the half-coffin well. He still needs a solid ride to the water, but he goes. In this case he pounced in a little, I lost a stirrup and had to crawl out over the little house. But we made it!
Allie got some of it (cause she rules). It’s kinda far away (well, besides the water of course where I stumble over the out, natch), but I’ll post it anyway 🙂
So there’s our season. I’m in the midst of cleaning up all my competition stuff and packing it away. I’m not going to lie, I’ll be happy to have my weekends back, but I’m already looking forward to the spring. I’m awfully proud of my little man.
Oh, and it’s possible that we’re trying to find a way to get down to Aiken, even if it’s only for a week or two this winter. Fingers Crossed. But until then, we’ll be working on our circles and looking for some jumper shows. I already have some plans for next year but am, of course, too suspicious to talk about them 🙂