Almost Missed it Monday

I have never claimed to be a great rider. I’m not really a very good rider, really. And to prove it, I’m sharing a few select photos from our first Novice stadium round…

This is the first fence:


Somehow I stayed on!
Fence six:


But don’t worry, we did have some good moments:

Stable View H.T. June 2017 – The Competition 

As the actual competition got underway for Stable View, I was faced with my worst nightmare: the rising humidity.

Dressage was okay. It was early enough in the morning that it hadn’t gotten too bad yet though it was already pretty hot. My trainer is a stickler for the coat too. Even on one days. Even in the heat.

But our test was simply the best we’ve ever ridden. The courts were on grass but Gus is pretty sure footed and didn’t have a step wrong.

He was consistent and connected through the whole test. And while maybe we weren’t as brilliant as some, we were steady.

 

We got our lowest score of 33.75. 

Then it was on to stadium where I was really starting to wilt under the heat. My trainer had to run from dressage warm-up to get to my stadium warm-up and usually I would have been hard at work getting prepared so that we could start jumping the minute she got there. But I felt like I was going to throw up so all I was doing was walking around the huge covered arena. Somehow, I got through warm-up and headed to the ring.

 

Gus put in another wonderful round for me.

 

These were probably some of the most brightly painted and decorated jumps that we had seen all summer and Gus was a little looky. But even when I got him to the jump with a bad temp or distance, he gamely popped over everything.

 

I think we had a rub on one fence but luckily everything stayed up.

And then, the minute I got out of the ring, I just about fell off my horse from heat exhaustion. LT grabbed Gus’ reins and dragged us back under the covered where I slid off and tore my helmet off. I wasn’t wearing a coat for stadium (since I had about 20 minutes to high tail it down to XC) but even still I was dying. Luckily I had LT, Eric, and my team mates mom helping me get my head back together, walk Gus, get my XC gear on, and get to the start box.

 

I didn’t even have a XC warm-up, just let Gus stick his head in the water bucket and found enough adrenaline to get through XC.

 

Once I was on course, I forgot about the heat and humidity. Stable View’s XC was big and fun.

 

The first half was open and gallopy, asking questions that related more to up and down terrain.

 

The water was no problem for Gus and I, though I saw a LOT of the juniors having issues at this.

 

We had some major fuck ups because I thought Gus was going to go and he really considered saying no.

 

Or because I just didn’t have enough leg towards the end. I was running out of steam and so was Gus.

 

When we came off course, I suddenly realized how hot and tired I was. If you watch the video all the way through you’d probably think I was dying. I promise I’m not that unfit, it was just beyond hot and humid. Gus and I headed to the nearest water tank. He got to drink, while I slid off him and unbuckled his girth.

 

And then, I had to dunk my head in too.

Stable View was such an amazing event. It is not for the raw beginners at a level but if you feel confirmed or you are testing to see if you are ready to move up, I think this is definitely a great spot. All the volunteers and staff were beyond helpful, the grounds were beautiful, and you can tell they really want their venue to be a premier eventing location.

 

Gus and I squeezed out a 6th place in our division and a Reserve High Point for BN OTTBs. I am hoping we will be going back in January where things won’t be nearly as hot!

Stable View June H.T. – The Orange Horse

So yeah… this recap is a bit late but this horse trial was too much fun to not share. Click HERE to remind yourself where we left off and let’s wrap this up!

Yup, that’s where we left off the night before Stable View. The ultimate of all #grayhorseproblems.

Thanks to my wonderful, amazing, not at all frustrating gray horse, I had to drag my trainer and team mate to Stable View by first light because this was not going to be a quick fix.

Until looking at these photos, I honestly had no idea I was wearing my “Dappled is the new black” shirt. Oh the irony.

I’m sure I was quite the sight, pulling up and unloading two orange horses. LT actually helped me get ready because there was just no way I was going to get him even semi gray again by myself. She even braided him for me, something I would never ask her to do in normal circumstances but was much appreciated. LT is amazing.

But you know… we got him mostly clean. Just that damn tail was left with a slight hint of orange. *sigh*

Can we just pretend it was done purposefully to match the rest of our colors?

 

Small Details

Now that I have a new job and a fattened paycheck, I decided I would update my schooling wardrobe a bit.

I was stoked to see that Ovation had added a true black and a forest green options. These breeches are all I wear these days and so I’m happy to have new colors. But as I was admiring the pretty green color something caught my eye.

The sock bottom was different.

This might be a short person problem but I really don’t like the new sock bottom as much. It sits on me weird and bunches under my boot socks. Nothing else about these breeches has changed but this one little detail is enough to leave the door open to a new favorite someday.

On the other hand, it was the little unexpected detail in the Kastel Denmark marino wool crew neck shirts that has me falling in love.

Thumb holes!

My husband would probably not agree but I am easy to please. Thumb holes make me feel warm and comfy and screem crisp fall days. With this kind of little detail, I’m stoked to see what Kastels breeches look like when they finally debut.

Maybe they’ll be my new favorite.

A XC Perspective

It was so awesome to go XC schooling at Poplar. It’s the very first place that Gus and I ran XC at a schooling show. We’ve come a very long way since then. If you’ll remember, I was terrified of a itty bitty little tadpole table. And, okay, they use that table for the BN course all the time but still. It is tiny. Now I see that table out on course and think, what was I scared of?

It’s all perspective, right?

And now that I’ll be running Novice my trainer has to find a way to push my limits and still maintain my confidence. It’s not an easy task but she’s pretty amazing. She has complete faith that Gus and I can do this and that helps give me faith that we can do it too.

For example, once through our warm up there is no easing into higher fences, we start riding the Novice fences right off the bat. It’s almost like she’s not even giving me a chance to over think. Don’t worry. Just do it. And so that’s what I did.

The questions started easy. Single fences, long distances. Slowly we added related distances, tighter turns, more terrain and little courses. I was thrilled that Gus didn’t even peak at the ditch or the drop, even though I was slightly terrified of the later. Each fence and combo under us made me a bit more confident.

A lot of it really is time and the right frame of mind. And, of course, the right horse. Gus is becoming confident too and is much braver than he used to be. He might look at a new or scary jump but he’s also willing now.

So one new fence after another. We’re on our way!