That's not exactly how the day went, and I learned a lesson... let's not do that again.
The bathing went well, and I had packed everything before I left for Michigan, so I didn't end up spending too much time at the barn. I still went to sleep rather late, though, and 6am came really quickly. I distinctly remember checking Google maps earlier to see how far away the fairgrounds were from my new barn, since I haven't made this drive before, and it said 35 minutes. I swear it said 35 minutes. So I gave myself 45 minutes of driving time when planning out the morning. As it turns out, it took me more like an hour to get up there because Google maps took me a really crazy way down back roads and through the city. We won't be doing that again! Needless to say, I was running behind when we finally got there, and I still had to find a place to park the trailer. The place was packed with people who showed all weekend, so I ended up squeezing between another trailer and a truck, which wasn't supposed to be parked in the trailer area. By the time I ran up to the show office, it was 8:45, and the show started at 9.
I had signed up ahead of time for my usual classes, but decided to scratch halter because it was the third class of the day and I was nowhere near ready. As it turns out, I could have easily made it (they never start on time), but I heard there were 16 horses in the class, so I didn't hurry to add us back.
Imagine my surprise when I was called for second place. No one else forgot to back and I was wondering how I ended up in second. Granted, our pattern was great minus that part, but I should have been sent to the end of the line. If I was one of the other exhibitors, I would have been livid knowing I placed below someone who did the pattern incorrectly. Nonetheless, I walked out with a red ribbon and 2 PAC points.
Things didn't get much better from there.
During the showmanship class, I was inspecting the footing and watching Lilly move to see if we could show without boots here. I decided that she would probably be ok, so for our first riding class, English walk/trot stock type, I skipped the boots. Lilly was awful. And by awful, I mean awful for Lilly. She was clearly unhappy about something, but I didn't know what. Was it the footing, was it the indoor arena, was it the noisy kids banging around in the seats when we passed? She was doing everything I asked of her, but she made sure I knew she wasn't happy about it. There was tail wringing, chomping on the bit, and just an unwilling attitude. I wasn't sure what was upsetting her, but I wanted to put on boots to eliminate that as an option.
Even after putting on her boots, she wasn't much better. I did see a slight improvement, but she was still not happy to be in the arena. We didn't place in the stock type class or the adult class.
We managed a 5th in the English pleasure class and a 6th in the equitation class. Since the equitation pattern didn't have any pivots, we didn't do as well, but 6th out of 16 horses isn't bad, I suppose.
While we were standing around waiting for the western horsemanship class, Lilly was very fidgety. She kept twitching her withers and I ended up adjusting her saddle two different times thinking I had put something on wrong. That's usually what she does when she's uncomfortable with the saddle, but no matter what I did, she continued to twitch. When we did our pattern, she was SO CRABBY. I got all the maneuvers out of her, but her tail was wringing the whole time and I wondered how much we would be counted down for that. Her pattern was great, but everyone knew she wasn't happy to be doing it. We ended up winning the class, but I was ready to be done with everything so we could just go home.
Here's a breakdown of our placings:
Showmanship = 2nd out of 9 (2 PAC Points)
English Walk/Trot Stock Type = No Place
English GAYP Adult = No Place
English Pleasure = 5th out of 11
English Equitation = 6th out of 16
Western Horsemanship = 1st out of 11 (3 PAC Points)
Western Walk/Jog Stock Type = 7th out of 11
Western GAYP Adult = 5th out of 8
|I won a comb this time!|
I couldn't come up with an answer, but decided I wasn't going to try and do that again. It was just too much, and I thought Lilly probably just had a bad day.
Somehow, we ended up winning Grand Champion in the Adult Division. I didn't stay long enough to get my ribbon, so I'll probably wait for the September show and pick it up then. I do have a picture of what it looks like, though!