I really don’t have a lot to say about the rest of the day. After dressage we went back to the trailer, cooled Gus out, and I changed into shorts so I’d be more comfortable walking the XC course. Also because I do not need to be wearing white breeches for the rest of the day. Changing into tight breeches is not the easies thing to do in my little hot and humid trailer but I wanted to be cool.
The XC course had been shortened due to the heat and was only 13 fences. I also don’t think any of the fences were maxed out. There was nothing on course that looked scary to me but I could see where I was really going to have to ride certain types of fences. I was excited to get out there.
But first was stadium.
Stadium was a shit show. Gus warmed up really nice. I am getting a lot better with my riding but Gus was spooking at EVERYTHING. So I knew it was going to be a tough round. And something about having poles in every cup is a little unnerving to me. They didn’t look big but they did look very solid.
Gus thought so too!
In the end, we got through it. Gus did not spook at the judges tent this time so that was an improvement. There were also two fences that Gus probably should have gotten a refusal. The first was the brick jump and I felt like he came to a complete stop but a) you can’t tell in the video and b) it was going towards the judges so they couldn’t really tell. The second fence I don’t have a picture of but you can see in the video. It’s the American jump and he swerves really hard before it but I drag him back to it and we go over.
There were some really good things though too. Gus had no issues with the combination and had some of his nicest looking jumps to date. Guess they just need to be a little more impressive to get him to pay attention.
That unfortunately ended our day because just as we were getting ready to go out on XC it started to storm and they called the show. Boo. I was still happy with the Gus boy though so we packed it up and headed home. It was a good experience and hopefully will set us up for Chatt Hills in a few weeks.