After successfully getting around XC the day before I was not all worried about stadium. In fact, the jumps looked a little on the soft side height wise though definitely decorated to the 9s.
And then I promptly had a stop at the baby cross rail in warm up. Go figure.
However, except for that little bauble, we couldn’t have had a better warm up or a better round. For the first time, I felt like I had a horse that was responding and adjustable.
Was it perfect? Hell no. But it was the best stadium round we’ve had to date. Gus only barely looked at the decorations and if he jumped over his shoulder it was because I burried him too deep to the fence.
We jumped clean though and managed to hold our sixth place spot.
I loved being able to do the victory lap versus picking up my ribbon in the office. It felt like much more of a celebration.
I also have to give a shout out to The Farmhouse which supplied prizes for all top eight finishers in every division. It’s not common around here to even have prizes for the top places so this was extremely generous. I won a schooling helmet which is always helpful!
This show was full of ups and downs but it ended up being the perfect introduction to the novice division. I can’t wait to get back out there!