So I gotta ask. If eventing is so dangerous, why is it so much fun?? We did our first full horse trial on Sunday. Up until now, all we had under our belt were a few combined tests and a few XC schooling rounds. This was just a little schooling show, elementary level with 2'3" max jumps, but it's was a bit of a gamble since we've only jumped 2' until now. I'm not the type to wait for everything to be perfect before taking a chance, so I figured we'd give it a try.
The day didn't start off too well. Between my horse giving me a little trouble getting onto the trailer and us getting detoured due to a bike race, we got there late. I only had about 15 minutes to warm up for dressage, so we ended up tanking it. 41...yuck. Usually dressage is our best part, but stuff happens I suppose.
So we get to XC. It was a nice inviting course with mostly logs to jump. It had a few good beginner questions, a few dark into light situations, some woods, and a big hill to climb. The first few fences Puck was a little squirrely and I had to work to keep him straight. Apparently he mistook the fence judges at the first few fences as monsters standing there waiting to eat hlm. He threw in a major spook/spin at fence 4 and then it seemed to click for him. He proceeded to run the rest of the course like he'd been doing it forever. Silly me thought he would be out of gas by the time we reached the hill. He galloped up that thing so fast, I could not believe it. He finished barely winded. It was sooooo fun and was so proud of him.
An hour later, our biggest challenge, stadium. The last time we did stadium, he was a complete butt, spun around upon entry and jumped half the fences sideways since he was so all over the place. I had no idea what to expect. Again silly me was thinking he would be tired from XC. I must have forgotten he was a TB. He was still fired up and ready to bring it. Our turn came, and Puck proceeded to jump the nicest round we've done yet. His rhythm was great, got all his leads and he got himself to a perfect takeoff spot every time, except for one fence where I got him there badly and he said no. I won't call that a refusal because it was more a rider error. Anyway, again I was so proud of him.
The only downside of the day was...I don't have any pics to show because I went alone!! I'm hoping the photographer who was there has a few of us. They haven't posted them yet. The whole thing is finally starting to click for both of us. I just love the dark side!!