I just got back from a fun-filled weekend at Kentucky Horse Park for the second week in a row! Last weekend we went to KHP for Team Challenge and took first at Beginner Novice My weekend at Hagyard Midsouth Team Challenge and this weekend we took the big step up and did a Novice combined test! Demi was AMAZING! Last weekend she was pacing in her stall and overall a wild child. This weekend she was calm, cool and collected. We had a nice dressage test and got a score of 35.0 which put us in fourth place. Considering we had a little under a week to learn a completely new test, I was very impressed with my little girl!
Today we did stadium and last weekend was really not our best stadium performance. Yeah, we went clean but I had to fight her for every fence. This weekend (after a quick injection on anti-inflammatories for her hocks earlier in the week) she was fantastic! Great warmup and a nice, steady round in the ring. She had plenty of go and we ended up double clean!!!!!! We ended up getting a nice pretty white ribbon for fourth place!
That's the first time I've gone Novice since 2005 and it felt even better than I remembered! Next season, we're doing a few BN horse trials then hopefully (if her hocks are up to it... we're getting her injected) go Novice by mid-season!