|He cleans up well|
|Moments of correctness|
|What he felt like the whole time|
|A helping hand|
Of course when our turn came, he inverted as we rounded the arena. One lap around and it was time to enter at A.
Trot in was active and slightly inverted. I dreaded the walk transition. We walked, sort of and then we trotted off well.
Then I got lost. Score one for not realizing it was a big arena, so my 20m circle turned into an egg shape.
Across the diagonal, I felt like he was going to take flight. Next circle was better once I kept him in the arena. The walk transition happened, the free walk did not. It was a drunken line of near jigging. I did not give away the reins since I know him and it was not there.
The last medium walk was good, the final halt not great. I knew that would happen since I get the same at home. That was not a battle I chose to address for this show. We finished, I was happy.
The Judges comments:
|Proud of that rider score, not going to lie|
But the fun was not over, as we talked to the judge, Roscoe was dancing in place. Mom said he wanted to piaffe. Then he upped his game with a levade. All I could think was "please don't land on the drain pipe arena and scare yourself." I turned him left and calmly apologized to the judge. She said that he when he was on the bit, he was on the vertical and not behind. Seriously, I was just glad to finish with some decorum.
|Here we go again|
That crazy bulge out the shoulder appeared during both circles. I purposely was late halting both times to have time to bring him down. I'll take the loss of points. Roscoe inverted more, but again we finished. No rearing this time at least.
|How I felt too|
|Sweet relief, I do love my pony|
Well in the arena. I made him walk around the warm up area until I could walk on a longer rein with out him trotting. At one point he reared again. Again I just turned him and moved on. Luckily he finally settled as a bunch of little kids came in. Riding a stallion comes with the responsibility of staying aware of your surroundings and knowing your limits. Roscoe halted, for real, and I ended it.
So pony boy needs to relax and not look so short in the neck. That will come with exposure. Overall to me the show was a succes.
I waited for my tests and figured we would not place. Eleven riders were doing the tests. They split the group though so we had a chance at a ribbon. When the tests were placed for pickup, I started at the bottom and went up. Surprisingly, Intro B was second place and even bigger surprise Intro A was first place.
|"See Mom, I was not that bad"|
It has been a long time since I showed, but the scores seemed too high, A 69.687, B 65.312. That may just be my biased opinion since I know my pony can to better. We have things to work on and hopefully next time will be smoother. Though according to the people that watched us, I lied really well. They thought I was cool and in control and much younger than I actually am. Ah if only they knew the litany going through my head...