I prepaid again for tests and hoped to have Lauren ride Roscoe at another show. I wanted it not because I cannot ride him, but because she is sharper and cleaner and can maybe work on some of the stuff he pulls at shows. I expected a simple yes or no she could ride and a reasonable number of rides beforehand. Well, she pulled the "you should be doing lessons rather than showing" card. Yes I would love more lessons, but even at $45 that is hard to do more than once a month. These shows run me $40 if I ride two tests.
Then she said that "you should show a level below you train." Agree, if you are doing rated shows. These are schooling shows, emphasis on SCHOOLING. Roscoe's scores have been solid and I have been happy with his progress. She definitely made me feel like we are not improving.
She said that for her to ride, she would have to have 10 rides the two weeks before the show. Ugh... I don't even ride that much before a show.
Finally she said that without those rides she would not ride any better than I would. Seriously I literally told her not to compare me with her other clients. I am the only one who can say how well the ride did or did not go. I am at an age now that can appreciate the small wins. I told her if her reputation could not handle not winning at a small schooling show, then I would put Roscoe's training aside for her.
So sadly I won't be able to have her show Roscoe. I have lost a little faith in her training me too. I really need someone who can work on long term growth. Sprieser has another trainer I may try to get more rides with. Lauren may be relegated to training rides.
|The only one riding right now|
To top off dealing with that situation, the rain and humidity have killed riding and shows. My prepaid tests are too many to be used for the last two shows. It will be a marathon couple of shows. When the July show was canceled, the organizer offered to roll over the fees to a working equitation play day or a dressage clinic. I asked to do that and she worked it so I would use four prepaid dressage tests and only have to pay $5. I am looking forward to going.
Then later this month Ember is going to the jump chute clinic Roscoe went to earlier this year. Time for the baby to see what he thinks of jumping. The clinician will actually have to work with him. Now I need to watch that braiding a long mane into single braids again. Mom does not want him looking scruffy.
Oh and Draco goes to his inspection this month. He is at that funny shedding phase, but man he looks good. His sister won big at a Welsh show in Canada.