First Schooling Show Rundown

Only for my horse will I get up at 5:00 am. But that doesn’t mean I like it!

I hate getting up early so I make sure things are super organized the day before and all my clothes are laid out for me. All I have to do is wake up, slide into my breeches, brush my teeth, comb my hair and head out the door! Things were going perfectly until I hopped out of the truck at SEC to find I still had my slippers on instead of my cowboy boots. At least I was super comfy and warm.

Because it was so so so cold that morning. I could barely get the velcro apart to put on Dandy’s shipping boots. Okay, I couldn’t. Krissie had to help me. But that one minor quible aside, we were loaded up and on the road at 7:00 am. Right on schedule. There was one other trailer from our barn going so we were able to follow them the entire way there. As I mentioned before, there was some road construction but we still got to the show at about 8:00 am.

From the minute I got Dandy out of the trailer he was a completely different horse than I had at Franktown Meadows. It wasn’t even night and day, it was that different. Having Kristen’s help through the whole thing definitely helped. For the first warm up, Dandy was a little more up and excited but no explosions.

Krissie rode first and they were FANTASTIC! I only got to see a little bit of it because I was warming up (had to ride right after her) but she won the class. How cool is that? First show, first test, and first blue! That is, if they had actually handed out ribbons. But oh well.

We were up next and after a great relaxing warm up, that’s all I wanted in the class. And we got it!

Afterwards the judge talked to us for a few minutes and I explained what I was working on and how I just wanted all four feet on the ground. She gave me a lot of advice which was basically word for word what Kirsten has been having me work on. Over all we got a 67.187% which included an 8 for our entry and a 7.5 for our final halt and salute. While I do think the judge was a bit generous with her scores it is definitely encouraging.

There was an almost two hour break until our second test so we went back to the trailer to hang out, cool out and have something to eat.

I have no idea what Krissie and I are looking at but I think this is, sadly, the only picture of us together.

Krissie also decided to put Klancie’s braids in for the second test as we hadn’t had enough time to do so before the first test.

Because they were running a bit early, we got back on our horses and went to warm up. Dandy was a grandpa. Honestly, he was acting like he went to shows all the time. I was walking around the warm up ring with a loose rein.

Again, Krissie rode before me and they scored even better on the second test though they finished 2nd.  What a great first show!

Dandy and I were up and it was not as smooth going as the first test. I think I may have to bring the whip next time as Dandy had no impulsion. We had some major issues in this test and over all scored less, finishing 4th with a score of 65.625. However…

We did get an 8 on our medium walk:

And an 8.5 on our free walk! All that work with Kristen is really starting to pay off. 

I was so so happy to have that final salute. Hell, I was just happy we were able to halt at all.

It was such a great day. Krissie had a great first experience. I had a great experience on Dandy. And we both had a great time! One of the best days I’ve had in a while.

Tomorrow, Dandy gets the day off. Monday – Wednesday will just be light lunging with the vienna reins. Thursday – Sunday Dandy gets a full 100% break because I will be in Pasadena, CA for the BREEDERS’ CUP!