Pony and I are exhausted, but I'm extremely pleased with how things went.
Opted to ride Training Level again because of an injury he had a couple of weeks ago, but it was good and consistent. It was his 2nd real show, and first show outside, and first time to be judged by FEI judges. Friday we had a really nice couple of rides, getting us a 64% and a 63%, with helpful remarks. 8s in our trot work which was nice. 5s in our walk, which was sad, but expected. I just can't seem to get a nice walk with him undersaddle yet; he has it by himself, but I continuously manage to screw around with it.
Saturday was much of the same, except pony's legs were stocking up with fluid because he was not relaxing and sleeping. So he warmed up really stiff, but was consistent in the test, almost identical marks, scoring a 63%.
Today, we were both "blah" I was getting stiff and sore and cranky, he was getting stiff and sore and cranky ;) Unfortunately, we both kinda let things go for test 4. Our trot work was nice and forward. I was pleased with our first canter circle, unfortunately, in the 2nd, the photographer dropped her stand right to the side of us, causing pony to bolt, and our 20m circle soon became 45m before I was back under control ;) And then, I'm not sure where my mind was, because the last part of T4 is "at b half circle to x, and then proceed to g and salute" I just didn't comprehend that half circle thing to X, got panicked, yanked him around so hard he actually did a pirouette and like bolted up to X, convinced I was late...for something! Got a 4 on that, with judge's comments of "Interesting choice to do a pirouette. Not needed though." Finished off with a 60.3%.
However, despite that rather lackluster ride, I was awared Reserve Champion for Training Level with a medium score of 63.2%, so I was quite pleased with that.
Got some pictures of our rides!
Also got to meet Anebels freakishly cute superhorse gelding-hopefully she'll post some pictures of him as well, because he did extremely well!