Stable View June H.T. – Pre Competition Shenanigans

Normally I don’t talk a lot about the pre-show time. Normally because it goes something like this: we got to the show, we set up, we walked courses, we rode, can’t wait for the actually show to start, woo hoo!

However, here’s how the pre-show time went for Stable View:

We had a four hour drive from the barn to Stable View that actually turned into six hours due to construction and rain. SO MUCH RAIN! Husband and I were hauling two horses this trip and there were some definitely scary moments where we could not see the road. But, luckily for us, Stable View was reporting wonderful sunny weather…

That is, the sun was shinning until we pulled in with the rain clouds. Seriously, drenched in seconds.

But the rain did manage to stop for a few minutes so that we could go walk XC.

Only to have it start thundering and lightening when we were five jumps from home.

Then the working student realized she left her helmet in her mom’s car (which was not on the grounds) so instead of having a quick lesson together, Gus and I waited and practiced our selfies under the huge covered arena while she borrows my helmet.

Then it was off to LT’s friend’s farm where we would be staying the night. Last time we were there Gus stayed in a little covered and hot-wired fence run in. He didn’t sleep all night so when I was given the option to let him stay in a big open field, I said yes. We let the horses out but they were both more interested in the grass so we went to clean up and decided to bring them their dinner in an hour.

And then I cried. And laughed, because what else are you going to do?

Stable View H.T.

Stable View is one of my new favorite horse trials! I do wish there weren’t so many gnats and that they maybe held it over two days… but otherwise I couldn’t ask for a nicer show.

The grounds and venue were absolutely beautiful. They even had a huge covered arena that provided relief from the rain on Saturday and cover from the sun on Sunday. And if you like XC, well, Stable View’s is one to beat. It is not an easy course. It had big maxed out fences. But it was also a wonderful gallop type course that really let you ride most everything out of stride. The fences were big and pretty but not scary. The whole thing was wonderful.

And the staff and volunteers did such an amazing job. They had water for all breathing creatures available throughout the grounds. Water bottles for the humans, tanks and buckets for the four legged critters. And yes, I may have taken advantage after XC as well…

We managed to come home 6th out of a 19 in a very competitive BNR division. I was beyond thrilled… I didn’t think I had a shot at a ribbon this weekend. But I had wonderful coaching and a wonderful support system and we finished on our dressage score.

More coming in the next few days because I definitely have a LOT more pictures and stories to share (why is Gus’ tail orange? Well… stay tuned!). But I wanted to give a major shout out to how amazing this trial was. If you live within driving distance of this place, I highly recommend!