We went to our first "big" show last weekend at 3rd Level and had great success (for the first "kick at the can" of the year, imo)! I rode in front of Cara Whitham for one of my classes which I thought was super exciting - she ripped me apart and I got my lowest score of the weekend from her at a 63% and it was awesome, she didn't miss a single step. We also got a 64%, 65%, 68%, and 69%. I was hoping to break a 70% (.8% away!!!), maybe next show! We had great comments overall and it was nice to see my rider mark go up a bit. From the comments I need to work on poll up and nose in front a bit more (looking at pictures I'm seeing him dropping his poll and coming behind the vertical at times), along with more engagement from the hind end.
We came back with 5/5 1st's and the 3rd/4th level Adult Amateur Championship! I'm so very proud of my boy
Now we're back to basics and going to work towards that 70% for our next show at the end of June.