Better late then never!

September 10 I was supposed to go to a mounted games meet in Newmarket, but unfortunately rain loves to happen on the weekends so sadly it was canceled. The 11th was another horse show for me and Beau. The show was in Bethany at Sky haven. They have a huge arena and outdoor ring with beautiful jumps from your dreams.

I decided to compete in the hack division and 2″3. With 4 classes in both divisions. In the hack division Beau would not cooperate whatsoever. I ask for a halt and he backs up, I ask for a walk and he canters I ask for a straight line and he goes sideways. So to say the least he had a lot of energy. By the last hack class he was starting to get better, but was still being a bit of a bum. I was so mad and frustrated I was almost ready to cry, I literally asked myself why I ride this horse.

We had our warm up for our jumping course early so we could take his bridle off for him to eat. Luckily this worked out in my favour; I think taking off his bridle calmed him down. I started my flat section of my 2″3 division and he was much calmer by that time and did much better. Like most judges though they prefer big clunky horses with no brain rather than a horse that actually has something fancy with a stride. So we didn’t place in the hunter flat portion. Equitation was next and boy was it a challenge.

We went for around 5 minutes to get down to 6 out of 11 and then we went for another 5 minutes. We had to do sitting trot, collected canter and halts in the first group. The top six then became much harder. With having to do sitting trot without stirrups for what seemed like forever, we crossed the diagonal and then finally pick up our stirrups with no instructions of what pace. Many people stopped or walked, but she never said to stop. I continued trotting along picking up my stirrups and posting on.

Can you guess what I came? 1st!! I couldn’t believe it. For our jumping class Beau did great. Happily jumping over every jump and getting every canter lead around the whole course. To say the least I was happy to tell myself this is why I ride this horse.

-Solstice

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