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    09-21-2013, 11:40 PM
Green Broke
Having a great time at the show. Pilhrim was a rock star. We shaved 22 points off of our last dressage test, for a score of 58.5, ( in driving the lower the better). We were in second place after dressage.

In cones we had one ball down and no time penalties, which brought us up to first place.

I can not tell you how long it has been since I have been in first place in a CDE. Hopefully no penalties tomorrow on the marathon.
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    09-21-2013, 11:45 PM
Green Broke
Litrella I was walking the cones course with your driving instructor, she spoke very highly of you and long ears. She said you two were a lot of fun. That's one of the best compliments I can think of. I just thought you would like to know.
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    09-21-2013, 11:48 PM
Green Broke
I am drinking wine and studying the marathon hazzards for tomorrow. Wine and hazzards, is that a good combination?

I guess I will know tomorrow.
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    09-22-2013, 01:13 AM
Green Broke
Sounds fun and congrats on your success so far. Good luck tomorrow!
    09-23-2013, 06:11 PM
Green Broke
Ok, so all I had to do on the marathon is not make any mistakes. And I would have first place.

Simple, Right?

I couldn't have gotten more screwed up if I had tried!

Since, in training level, time, in individual hazards, is not counted as penalties. All I had to do was just go through all the gates in the right order, with the red on the right, and finish under the overall time allowed.

We are timed as we go through the hazards, but the time is not turned into penalties. This keeps training level from taking chances and going faster than they are ready.

Easy as pie.

Training level teams were to do hazard #1, #2, #3, skip #4, Do #5 and #6, then skip #7.

Everything was going great, so, we are coming into hazard #6, we call out our competitor number as we get close to the hazard.... BUT.... no one is there taking time??????

Major problem. I enter the "in" gate of the hazard 6 and see that all The timers are getting into the gators and heading up the hill. So I immediately make a hard right and leave the hazard, saying, "What the heck?".

We continue on asking what just happened, My navigator was just as confused as I was. We started second guessing everything, wondering if we were even still on course. We started getting close to hazard #7, and the timers looked as if they were going to time us. BUT on the entery gate it clearly had a red triangle, (intermediate), and a green Triangle, (preliminary) but no white triangle, (training).

So we passed it on by.

We get the the finish, within the window of time allowed. The judge was there asking which hazards we went through, and how many we went through. I knew this was going to be bad!
    09-23-2013, 06:28 PM
What happened?
    09-23-2013, 08:11 PM
Green Broke
So the judge asked if we went through all the gates? Yes,
Did you break any gaits for more than 5 seconds? No
Did you do hazard #6 No
Did you do hazard #7 No
How many hazards did you do? Four

Apparently we were not to do 6 and was to do 7. What a mess.

I explaines that in my exibitors packet, I had maps of #6 and not of # 7.
I also explained about the triangles on the enterance of #7.
He said that corrections were on the bullitin board. You are kidding?

I went to the bulletin board, and there it was, in small print, above one of the maps, training not to do #6.
But also on the board were maps of all the hazards with check marks at the corners, to show what level did what hazard.
Six said, training
Seven said, no training

What a mess!

The judge said he would look into it.
    09-23-2013, 08:46 PM
Well, stuff happens but when you put all that time, effort and cash into an event you want it to go well. If you loose you want to loose because of something you did and not because the officials screwed up. They should have made some announcement about corrections on the bulletin board BEFORE the competition. Do you have an outcome yet?
    09-24-2013, 11:40 AM
Green Broke
WHAT??? Nobody could be BOTHERED to move a MARKER???? And the timer could not have asked you at the start "did you see the note??"

I am flabbergasted....and who was the TD??

    09-24-2013, 11:42 AM
Green Broke
Oops.... just went and looked at the Omnibus.....better keep my mouth shut.
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