Soooo I had started a thread about this a few weeks ago when I was trying to figure out whether I'd compete my very first recognized at the Starter level (which is the level I'd been showing at all year so far) or go up to the Beginner Novice level...but now I can't find my thread, so I'm just starting a new one!
Alright folks, Sandie and I did it, we officially made it through our first recognized Event! We went out and schooled the BN jumps the weekend before, but we decided to make it as stress free as possible and go with the Starter level for our very first Event. (next time we'll move up to BN!)
We started off hilariously enough by performing the wrong test! We'd been doing Intro C all year at the schooling show Starter level, but apparently they use a different test for USEA recognized, Beginner Novice A! Lucky for me the judges took pity and let me leave the arena, go memorize the new test and come back in to perform it! I forgot to walk at "M" but other than that, it actually went pretty well all things considered! We ended up with a 36 which put us in 5th place out of 9 competitors!
After a clear xc round we moved up to 4th and then the next day we moved up again to 3rd and that's where we placed!! SOOOO proud of my pony and happy we got through it! Just wanted to share some pics and video from the show for those of you who were following my thread and asking for pics! (sorry the quality on the action shots are crappy because I took them from the video which wasn't that great of quality to begin with lol) Need a better camera next time!
Posing with our ribbon!
Me saying "YOU'RE GOING OVER THE JUMP DARNIT!!!"
Last xc jump on course, and I was sooooooo exhausted from the HOT muggy weather that day I could hardly hold on anymore!
The next day it was cooler (thank GOD!!) and we were on to stadium jumping!
And our victory lap after Awards