Our first event was Kegs, which I'm not very good at with her. Avalanche knows her business but she tends to muscle her way through them and will often hit them unless you pull her off. There are 8 "mini kegs" set up in a straight line and you have to weave through them as fast as you can. We won! With a 17.064! Not the greatest time, but for ONCE it was clean! I don't have a video of this event, sadly.
Second event is Speed and Action. My favorite event ever with this mare. She's pretty much unbeatable at it. Everyone was running a mid-high 10 seconds, and we broke into 9.917 to take first place! Yippee!
Third event is Pole Bending. Another event I dread with this mare. Like I said, she likes to muscle her way through. Well, I'm relearning to sit back further in the saddle with this mare and try to stay out of her way as best as I can. She can rock a pole pattern. She turned great at the ends, but the 2nd end turn I was supposed to crop her coming out of the turn and I was a little bit behind and cropped her after passing the 2nd pole weaving back up. That pushed her a little harder and I didn't have time to react when she bolted forward more and I totally slammed us into the pole. My mistake. It hurt and I learned my lesson. (You can hear me say "ouch" in the video LoL) I was actually very happen with this pole run, even though I screwed up. She ran a 23.4 regardless and if I didn't knock that pole, we would have taken home another 1st place. The person who got first ran a 25.6.
Fourth is barrels. It was dark and you probably can't see the greatest, but it's there. We place 5th with a 20.645. First place person was 20.227 so you can see how close we were. Plus Avalanche kinda tripped at the 2nd barrel and I think if it wasn't for that flaw, we would have taken this class too. Not bad for a 14 hand high horse. She can definitely compete with the big boys...especially since this is a large barrel pattern!
Last event was down and back. I placed 3rd with a 9.18, 2nd place was only a 9.13 and the person that took first was 9.05. We were so close. I don't have a video of this event either.
Sp & Act...1st