The plan was the first night to sleep in the truck at CAF that way we would be there and ready to go in the a.m. Both of our husbands were in disbelief that we were going to sleep in the truck. Tara and I just didn't see what the big deal was. I have two bench seats which to me was like two beds, perfect. The temps were supposed to drop quitea bit overnight but we figured we would be fine. And guess what? We were right! We both got a great nights sleep and never got cold. I finally woke up at 7:45! I didn't set any alarm because I figured I would be up the sun or at least everyone pulling for the day. Nope! There was a truck and trailer parked directly behind us that had come and unloaded horses and all and neither of us every heard it...lol.
I was still fine, time wise, because I didn't ride my dressage test until 10:47. It was feed, groom and tack up. My nerves were in full force. Since I was a kid the day of any show I would have butterflies and be anxious. I don't think it is a bad thing, I actually think it is all a part of the rush for me. We went in to warm up and he was good but very looky and head high. But I reminded myself about my realization last week that he just needs time to warm up. We spent about 40 minutes warming up and he was GREAT! He became very soft and supple, we were having contact, I was very happy and we even got a compliment from someone about how nicely he moves. All the sudden it hit me that I needed to still learn the derby course...oops. Should have done that first. I put him in his stall for a few minutes to go
Dressage score 41.0! I am happy with that and we were tied for second. I am certain if we had not screwed up the lead we would have been first. All numbers were 7's and 6's except the canter to the right got 4's oops :).
I am not an eventer that stomachs dressage to get to jumping, I truely enjoy that part of this sport. Finding that level of communication is not something I was taught in all the years growing up riding. I am completely facinated by it and want to get better and better at listening and communicating with my horse. But jumping IS f-ing FUN!!
Dressage: check. Now onto the derby...
I had a few minutes in between to scarf down some lunch(best horse show food you will ever sink your teeth into) then back out to tack up and hop over some warm up jumps. Then I went to watch a few people before it was my turn. It was cold, windy and if it wasn't raining there was this yucky mist flying through the air. I wasn't cold but the people on the ground were fridged. I think you can even hear one person in the background of the video saying "I can't feel my fingers, toes, anything" LOL. Our ride went awesome!! I don't think we have ever jumped anything as well as we did that course. He was brave, willing and listening. I mean what more could a rider want. When we went to the far end of the XC course there are always the dreaded cows but he watched them but never stopped listening. IT WAS SO MUCH FUN!!! I actually was tearing up right when we were done because I was so damn happy! I screamed like a crazy woman and I am sure everyone thought that I was indeed crazy. Especially when most teenage kids coming off the course were at worst either pouting because their horse wan't perfect or at best meloncolly about it all. It bugs me when people don't smile on their horses back but that is probably because I am getting old and ungrateful little whipper snappers bug the buhgebbers outta me.
So as I was leaving the arena you will see Lee Ann walk up to me and what she was saying was, "which direction did you take the orange and yellow?". Ahhh go figure it was a perfect ride all except the fact that I went out of my way to jump one of the jumps the wrong direction. I was disappointed but it did not change how fantastically awesome the whole ride was. Steady didn't know the difference and I made sure he knew he was the most wonderfullest horsey in all the world.
The weekend went fantastic and I cannot complain an ounce about any of it. The end result was us being eliminated but who gives a darn, we had fun!