Hubby's family had their reunion the same day, so it was a struggle in the morning trying to comprimise with him seeing some of the historic family sites and getting on the road to the show. Unfortunately, Hubby's family likes to talk and talk and talk and talk and talk and I like to crack the whip and keep things moving. We ended up leaving for the tour at 10:45 instead of the scheduled 10am time. I wanted to be leaving the reunion at 11 and on the road with Bobby at 11:30 at the absolute latest. HA. We ended up getting to the show at 12:16 and our dressage test was at 12:30. Sound familiar?! Hopefully having zero warm up time for dressage will not be my curse and I can actually give my horses a chance at doing well!
We ended up trotting for about three minutes around the outside of the arena as the judge took care of the test before me. Bobby was gazing around at the other horses warming up for dressage and stadium and I could not get him to focus on me at all. Needless to say, our test was a disaster. His head was way up in the air (above the contact was a comment for at least three moves) and he wouldn't bend an inch. All things I could have fixed during warm up. Sigh. We ended up 8th out of ten after our test.
|good boy, you dope.|
|first warm up jump for xc.|
|now where was this trot in dressage?!|
We set out at the trot for the first few fences so Bobby could have a good chance to figure out was going on. Only the path for the jumps was mowed, so each time we went around a bend was the first chance he had to see the jump. He was a little fresh the first few jumps, but I let him settle into a canter after the third fence where he could see the fourth and he went around much calmer and steadier and jumped everything fabulously. The second to last fence was a ditch which he'd never seen/schooled before. It was the only one I was worried about, but I gave him a tap one stride out and he popped over without even blinking.
|last jump and we're clear!|
We finished on a pretty pathetic note, however. We were both feeling cocky off our cross country and decided stadium was going to be a breeze. We cantered the whole course...and that was about the extent of it. Very little real jumping went on. It was a bad ride on my part because I should have been giving him lots of leg before each jump to make sure he was jumping carefully and cleanly. We ended up totally dismantling the final fence--a skinny cross rail. Shame on me. On the plus side, Bobby cantered a nine jump course while getting all his changes! Yay!
|now that looks like a real jump...|
|...and this is how the rest of the course looked.|
We ended up moving up two spots to sixth place overall. It was Into Horse for a reason! Lots of greenies that weren't too sure of the xcountry course or the multi-colored jumps in stadium. The scores were really close and we would have been at least fourth if not for the rail in stadium. Oh, well. Lesson learned. I'll make sure to ride him more aggressively next weekend.