I was rained out again today and from the looks of things, I won't be able to ride tomorrow either because the arena is a soupy mess. Not having an arena to ride in makes me sad... I haven't had a healthy horse for quite some time and now that I finally have one, I don't like being kept from riding just because the arena doesn't drain like it's supposed to.
Since I can't have a riding post yet again, I'll babble on some more about a few other things.
Thank you for all your supplement suggestions yesterday. I looked into cocosoya oil but I can't find it in anything smaller than a gallon size and it would take me forever to use it up. Not to mention, Lilly will get tired of that flavor in about 3 months and I'll have to switch to something else. I read that some people make their own cocosoya oil by using canola oil (or a similar oil) and add a bit of molasses to the mixture. The BO tried straight up canola oil she had on hand this morning, along with a handful of Ultium (bleh...), and Lilly ate it without issue. So that's what the plan is for now. In June I'll have to try something else, which might end up being applesauce.
I've also been looking into the dressage tests and I think I've decided to skip the intro tests and go straight to training level. I used to show training level back in 4-H, so I'm familiar with the movements on the tests, I just haven't done any dressage with Lilly. The reason behind skipping the into test is so that I can get PAC points. APHA approves any show sponsored by the USDF or USEF, and the North Carolina Dressage and Combined Training Association is sponsored by the USEF. APHA does not recognize the into tests, though, so in order to have a chance to get points, I have to do training level.
I might be crazy to think we can get points, but I'd rather ride the tests with the chance of possibly getting some recognition with APHA than not. Intro C involves cantering anyway, so I might as well just go ahead and do training level test 1. Here's how they score the tests:
67.001% - or better.................4 credits
64.001% - 67.000%................3 credits
60.001% - 64.000%................2 credits
55.000% - 60.000%................1 credit
They use this system regardless of the number of entries and regardless of what placing you might receive. The horse must receive a score of at least 55% to get any credit, though. I never saw any of my tests from 4-H, so I have no idea what I used to get, and I have no idea if a 55% is difficult to achieve nor not... but we're going to go for it!
With only two circuits participating in PAC, though, I'm having the same problem. Showing in 4 showmanship classes in 2012 won't get my nearly enough points to be in the top ten with APHA. I need to be able to compete for points at a lot more shows! I did a lot of whining to anyone who would listen, but I didn't know what to do about it.
Then I decided to see what I could do about it. I contacted APHA and spoke with one of their PAC representatives and she explained what I needed to do to get more of the circuits approved with them. It's as simple as filling out a form and mailing it to APHA. The only requirement they have is that the circuit keep accurate records of points and classes in case PAC wants to verify one of my exhibitor reports. Simple!! The PAC lady even mentioned that I could simply take an event approval application with me to the show and beg them to sign it, then send it in with my exhibitor report.
Rather than springing it on them at their show, I decided to email two of the circuits I would be interested in showing with and explained how beneficial it would be to them (and me) if they decided to participate. More members + more people at their shows = more money for them! And all they have to do is sign a form?? I thought for sure they would agree!
So far I've only heard back from one of them, but the show secretary emailed me to say they decided to go ahead and sign up! They hadn't heard about the PAC program and thought it was a fantastic idea. To say thanks, I'm going to become a member and attend as many of their shows as I can. I do hope to hear back from the other show as well since they have a few more classes we could show in, but if not, I'm going to take the event approval application with me when/if I find myself at one of their shows. Maybe if I harass them enough year after year, they'll decide to participate. I don't see a downside to it, so I'm not sure why they would opt not to join...
Our first show is Saturday and it is PAC approved. Yay! I'm also a member and really enjoy these shows. They're very low key, but also fairly competitive and I know several other people who will be going. Lilly's old BFF will be there too, so I hope she doesn't lose her mind when she sees her. I think we're beyond that, but it'll be interesting to see if she remembers her.
Sure would be nice if I could ride before Saturday!!