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        07-19-2009, 08:36 PM
    I can say one thing :

    This will be a show I never, ever forget.

    It started out with an early "be at the barn by four" morning. We were tired, our horses were looking at us like we were crazy, and I hardly managed to be glad that Allegra didn't destroy her braids the few hours she was alone.

    So, Charley loaded first. He looked at it funny and then walked in. Okay...

    Allegra was second. The last time she was in this trailer, in the dark (like it was), she tripped getting in (there's no ramp), smacked her head on the trailer and bust open her lip. Okay, she was not just going to walk right in. There was rearing, bucking, kicking...But after about half an hour we got her in.

    Flash walked in, looked at Allegra like she was crazy, we shut the trailer door and we were off six minutes past when we wanted to be out.

    Two hours later.

    The barn had like, no where to park so we parked on the side of the road. It was a mountain road, cars were rare...We weren't thinking about having any issues. And lucky for us we didn't. All three of them unloaded fine, though Allegra was a bit jumpy.

    We found their stalls, got them settled, and turned to our hair and clothing. I had the first ride time. Walked them around the arena we'd be showing in, all but got kicked out, and headed up to the rather small indoor arena. She was fine, nothing scary, though the mirror did look a bit weird to her at first. So we headed back to tack up and braid forelocks. Uh, well...We tacked up fine and had her halter on. She has this thing about her face. Touch it and you're all but dead. You can't hose off her face or come near it with fly spray or anything along those lines. But she was being really bad. Sick of the rearing, I decided we'd leave it alone and went to put her bridle on. D'oh. Problem found. With all the rearing she had done this morning, some time or another she had scrapped up the top of her head. Blood...And no touching.

    Eventually we got the bridle on. In Intro A we tied for first, ended up with second, got a few 5's for not totally walking straight and got a 63.5%, I believe. Intro B we got second, got an 8 on our center circle (WHOA) and got a 65% or so. Proud? I think so! We know what we need to work on now, I was proud to see that I got all 6's when it came to my position and such but wished they would have left comments so I could have known what I needed to do to get 7's next time.

    With a bucket of cookies in hand, we bribed Allegra into the trailer a few hours later after Charley and Flash followed. After the last ride we were out of there within ten minutes. Our goal eventually became complete and we made it back just in time to feed!

    Overal it was good. There might be a show next month but we're not sure yet. Eventually I'll get up pictures...I haven't seen most of them myself.

    Oh, and I did learn something new. Allegra's half Paint and half Hungarian Warmblood. Wow, I sure was surprised.

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        07-19-2009, 09:08 PM
    Green Broke
    Wow! Sounds like you had a big day out, can't wait to see pics!
        07-20-2009, 01:21 AM
    Sounds like a good day
        07-20-2009, 10:40 AM
    Wow! That sounds like a day! Congrats on the placings tho - can't wait to see pics! =]
        07-21-2009, 09:16 PM
    I haven't seen her since Sunday but might try and go tomorrow if I'm not dead after marching band. =]

    Anyways, I got the pictures of me on her off of my mom's camera but am currently too lazy to walk upstairs and get my own camera. But hey, I just took a lot of head shots of Allegra, so nothing too exciting.

    I could attatch these but I think they might be huge, so I'll just post some links up. Photobucket said the video of me riding Intro A was to big so I'm trying tinypic...Then youtube, I guess.

        07-21-2009, 09:55 PM
    I really don't like to double post.

    But here's the link to my video. =D

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    Before you all start tossing out comments, after our stressful morning I was really just focused on having fun. I'm not sure if it was this test or not, but when we totally failed to turn down the centerline at A I was grinning, trying not to laugh. I was having fun and I could tell she was to. Hey, that's what I was going for!

    I know I need to go deeper into corners, fix my hands, make sure I don't lean back and keep my reins a bit shorter so she'll plop her head down. I'd do something and then instantly know what I did wrong and wish I could go back and fix it. Well, I couldn't, so I rode the test and had a good laugh at the end of the day. That's totally the way to show.

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