We did our first combined test today. Got 3rd overall. 33.5 in dressage!! Considering we've never broken 41 before and I didn't even get his best effort, I'm thrilled with that score. I don't have any video, but I have a few pics to show. I had an unusual problem today, too much horse. What a great problem to have. As evidenced by the canter pic where I was being popped out the tack, I had trouble keeping his energy contained. Again, no complaint here, love this problem!
I'm pretty sure we were sitting 1st after dressage, but my sweet horse decided to do an imitation of a squirrel during the jumping phase and we suffered time faults. Sadly I have no pics or video of the jumping because it was probably one of the most comical rounds of the day. He was warming up kinda hot and cold, interested, then distracted, then back to interested. I brought him up near the ring since we were next up and something set him off. He just starting spinning around and trying to bolt back to the trailer. Then they rang the bell to signal the start while we were doing our opening circle and he went into starting gate mode and tried to exit. Now, I normally work very late at night, so this whole getting up at 5:00am thing isn't really my thing. I was determined to make getting out of bed 4 hours early worth my while. I jammed my heels down, prepared to grab gobs of mane, and headed for fence 1. 9 fences later, 17 changes of gait, every executed release known to jumping, lines jumped in zig zag form, we got through it was just the time faults. It's a good thing they don't take points off for style. It was probably one of the ugliest rounds ever, but functional it was! Considering I haven't had a lesson in 6 months, I'm very happy with the day.
Here's the pics.