That's great that you are excited about Gidget's accomplishments but to be quite honest, I was raising my eyebrows through your videos. You need to SLOW THINGS DOWN and work on quite a few things.
The first thing that raises a red flag, that you also pointed out yourself, is you've progressed a problem to the point that you now need someone to lead you into the area. Anytime a horse does not want to go into the arena by themselves, you need to figure out WHY. Most often, it's because a horse is hurting or sore somewhere (back problems, saddle fit, teeth issues, etc). However, sometimes it could just be a behavior thing. In this case, I think you are pushing her too fast too soon and causing her to resent it and not want to go into that area where she is pushed for speed, ridden by an off-balance rider, and confused as heck.
I don't know why you do what you do when you enter the area. First you make a tight turn, then push her into the corner, and then sometimes go to the other corner, and then haphazardly take off for the run. I think this is heavily contributing to why Gidget doesn't want to go into the arena, because it doesn't make any sense to me, much less to the horse.
--Some associations do not allow running starts through the gate. That's fine. Yours may be one of them.
--Some associations require that you physically stop your horse before you start your run. That's also fine but you have to do it right. When you enter the arena, you should stop right where you entered for about a full second (just enough to show that yes, you did stop). Then you should either 1) begin your run directly from that stop as if you were doing a running start or 2) circle your horse the proper direction to set her up for the run
--The entire point of circling a horse before your run is to get them on the correct lead and make sure they are listening before you go.
This is a video of my horse and I from the one show we made it to this summer. It is by far NOT our best run, but I posted it to show you how we enter the area. He much prefers a running start, but this association does NOT allow running starts and the gate must be physically closed before you start your run or you will be disqualified. But you can see how he walks into the arena calmly, and since we turn the left barrel first, I make a big circle to the LEFT before we start our run. I did this every single time we did a speed event that day (CONSISTENCY) and circled in the direction that we made our first move.
Actually, out of all your videos, your pole run
looked the most in control, which is the one you didn't want to do.
--Again, you had a really funky start by pivoting which doesn't do anything for your horse. I would have done one or a few circles in the corner before starting.
--The run down actually isn't too bad, although you were really on her face the whole time. I'm not going to take that into consideration too much, as you did say this was your first gaming show.
--End pole was way wide. Your reins look too long because you were grabbing for air around the backside of that turn.
For your birangle
--Again, not sure what you are trying to accomplish by weaving her around before you take off for the run. Either start the run plain and simple, or circle her only in the direction of the lead you want her to pick up.
--So, since you were making a LEFT turn for your first turn, you should have circled her to the LEFT before you started your wrong. You incorrectly took her to the right, and as you noticed, caused her to go into her run on the wrong right lead.
--You are lean, lean, leaning (as you did mention in the OP). It almost caught you too on the second turn as you quite nearly fell out of the saddle to the outside.
--Then your lack of balance causes you to be yanking on her mouth. Actually, Gidget did amazing here because she drifted to the right to catch YOU and your balance. Then while you're bouncing around up there, hanging on her mouth, trying to make her go straight for the finish line. This is my exact point where you need to SLOW THINGS DOWN. For Gidget's benefit and for your benefit. I think some bareback riding and balance would help out a lot.
--Especially in this run, it looks like your stirrups are too short. I'd make them a notch longer.
Then I am assuming the next event would be keyhole
--Again, your entry makes no sense, as I already explained above. This particular run looks WAY out of control before you even start, as she tries to run back OUT of the arena (again ..... if she doesn't want to enter the arena, and actually tries to escape it, it is your responsibility to figure out why and make it right).
--I am assuming that you broke the pattern here and got a no time, because I've never seen keyhole run like that where you did not run through the poles. As you are coming up to them, you can clearly see that you are not in control of Gidget. Her head is up in the air, mouth is open, your hanging on her, but she's just kind of going where she wants to.
--Especially in this run you can see that she is indeed a hot-type of horse. That makes it all the more important that you SLOW things down and get control.
And for speed barrels
, you've now resorted to having someone walk you in. After the disaster keyhole run (disaster as in lack of control), I wouldn't want to go back into that confusing arena if I were Gidget.
--Circle before you take off ..... YES! That is what you should be doing on all of your runs. Do you see how much less nervous and confused she got? However, she came out of it on the wrong lead so that is something you can work on.
--Not too bad of a run overall, but there's not much to it either.
Don't get overly "put down" by all my critiques. Gidget looks like a great horse with a ton of potential. You are just asking for gas too soon. And if you keep doing that, you are going to create bad habits that will be very hard to break. You are already creating one habit (arena sour) that you need to stop and take a good look at now before it progresses.
You need to have control at all times during your run, and be able to collect her at anytime. You need to develop a consistent way to enter the arena every time. You need to work on your balance as a rider. You need to relax your hands and stay off her face (which will be helped by getting control and collection first).
I much prefer to see a rider at a show doing all the events at a slower pace but doing them perfectly correctly and keeping the horse collected, calm, and controlled. Rather than see a horse needing to be lead into the area, tail swishing and twitching, mouth getting yanked on, .... all for the sake of speed and winning.
So slow things down and work on lots of circles, bending, and flexing, and stopping while you are at home. And honestly, the next show you go to I would do the events at a nice controlled trot or gallop. Aim for perfection on the pattern and control/balance 100% of the time.