|hubby: he looks like some sort of mythical creature in that fly mask.|
Monday we started work for our next venture: hunter land.
My one and only goal this year is to improve my show jumping rounds. As was evident over the weekend, this is still the number one goal for good reason. I'd already planned on attending a hunter show this Sunday to get in a few jumping rounds off property, but as I was driving home Saturday, I started thinking about just how much eventing means to me.
And the answer was....maybe not as much as it used to.
|it helps when your horse looks adorable in his hunter outfit.|
(okay, so it's bobby. you have to use your imagination a little bit to see the cuteness.)
I already have an entry sent in for a horse trial in June, but as I was looking at my show budget, it was between sending in another HT entry or saving that money for any local h/j shows that come up. The decision was easy. I had zero desire to send in the HT entry.
It's hard for me to not be good at what I do. Constantly struggling is not fun for me. I'm all about the journey and yada yada, but one failure after another--especially when the failures only seem to come when I'm paying people to watch me do them--kicks my ego in the ass something fierce.
Now I'm thinking, "Just how bad can hunter land really be?"
|"really bad. being sane around an entire course is hard."|
I'm not saying I'm permanently making any switch. I've competed in exactly one hunter show my entire life, and it wasn't with Robert. I may hate it enough that paying people to watch us commit one epic failure after another in the stadium round of an event seems like the best idea ever. I may decided to put Bobby's skill on the flat to the forefront and show straight dressage.
It's hard to think of giving up cross country. Bobby really is a beast in that phase, and it's without a doubt his favorite thing to do.
For now though, that's where I'm casually leaning. Easy courses in a nicely manicured ring sound fucking dreamy right about now.
|plus i got to buy MOAR HORSE STUFF!|
I've pestered Lauren to no end with questions already, and she basically dressed both Bobby and I for our debut along with walking me through the entire check in process, so now I get to put to the blogosphere everything else that's confused me thus far.
- What is the judge looking for in a courtesy circle? Is it always at the canter? If it's at the beginning of the course, do I pick up the canter from the walk or the trot?
- Can I wear spurs on the flat? Will that count against me? It's easier for me to focus Bobby and subtly push him into my outside rein with a little nudge from my spur. Otherwise I have to get obnoxious/busy with my leg.
- How late is too late to get a change after the jump? Or, I guess, just how quickly do I need to get the change? I can usually get it on landing, but that's assuming I'm focused enough to ask him to land correctly.
- Let's just go ahead an assume Bobby is going to be the fastest horse in the flat class. What are the etiquette rules for zooming past people?
- Any riding position tips for both over fences and on the flat? Anything specific a judge might be looking for?
Urgh, it always seems like I can think of more when I'm riding. Feel free to dole out any advice you think is pertinent. And if any of you are randomly hanging out at Cornell this weekend, come
hold my hand through this perilous time be my friend!