I hate that this was the last show of the season and I hate that winter is coming. I could definitely tell it was fall when I got out of bed, drove over to the barn, and saw the temperature readout on my truck said 43. Ummm, brrrr! Luckily, it was going to be a sunny day and it did warm up a bit in the afternoon. I still froze most of the day, though, because all my clothes are designed for 93, not 43. I'll have to remember that for next year.
The turnout was pretty good... there was supposed to be one more show in November, but it was cancelled, so this ended up being a double point show. Good turnout is good because competition is good, but it's also bad because that means the classes take forever. The jumping classes are the worst, and I ended up not riding in my first class until after 2:30 in the afternoon. Because of that, I ended up doing western in the dark, and boy was it cold.
|My gorgeous girl.|
Our first class was stock type at halter, and it was a big class. The judge asked us all how old our horses were, so I was thinking maybe we'd place because she'd take that into account... but no. No place for us.
|Lilly passed the time with a nice sunshine nap.|
Once the trail pattern was set up, the jumping was still nowhere close to being done, so I got dressed, tacked up Lilly, and headed out to take care of trail. The pattern was a bit tricky because we had to trot around a very tight corner and go right into the ground poles. I watched several people go before me, all with much larger horses, and they had a very difficult time. I was hoping that because Lilly was much shorter, we would be able to do it without nearly as much of an issue.
|Backing through the L like a boss!|
|Not feeling the english love.|
|English Equitation Pattern|
Well, the pattern clearly says LEFT pivot, and I clearly did a RIGHT pivot. I was surprised to hear I my name called for 7th, because I was the only one, out of 13 riders, to do it wrong. I suck.
So after moping around and beating myself up for a while, I changed into western and went over the western horsemanship pattern a THOUSAND times to make sure I didn't forget the pattern. It was a pretty easy one, with no right or left pivots, so I figured I was good to go.
The horsemanship class went fairly well. I thought Lilly was excellent, and jogged nice and slow. I tried to make sure we had a nice round circle and a nice straight back, but we didn't place. At all. I was pretty disappointed.
|Western Horsemanship Pattern|
Here's a recap of our placings for the day:
Stock Type at Halter = No Place out of 15
Adult Showmanship = 1st out of 5 (1 PAC Point)
Adult Trail = 1st out of 3 (1 PAC Point)
English Walk/Trot Stock Type = 6th out of 10
English GAYP Adult = 6th out of 10
English Pleasure = 6th out of 8
English Equitation = 7th out of 13
Western Horsemanship = No Place out of 11
Western Walk/Jog Stock Type = 7th out of 13
Western GAYP Adult = 4th out of 6
All in all, a great show and a great show season. The awards banquet is in January and I'm excited to see what we win for year end awards!