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        05-17-2010, 02:54 AM
    ODE goodness :)

    Had my first ODE of the year this weekend.

    I'm eventing and jumping a friends mare this year while my young one grows up enough to start his eventing career.

    I only compete with Pony Club at the moment and did the beginners under 26 class which was 70cm max.
    I was thinking about doing the beginners open but thought I should do closed thinking it would be the smaller group. If I did open, I would have placed higher. There were only 7 in that class with one eliminated!
    Next ODE I'll have to go in the open or even move up to Intro wich is 80cm max, but I think we really need to work on our dressage before we move up.

    Saturday was the dressage (yes I know ODE is ONE day event. The pony club ODE's are split over a weekend coz there are so many people we wouldn't get through it in one day). Dressage left us placed 16th in a field of 31. I was going to be happy with high 70 or low 80%, but instead I was suprised with 67.2%! I was stoked to get that since every other year with my old horse I was around 88-93%. Can you guess I used to have a show jumper??
    Our dressage would have been a touch better if she decided to not be leg ignorant down the centre line at the end and actually STAY on the centre line. And we stuffed our first canter circle. We got the left lead correct but we came too wide and hit the rope boundary and it threw her off and she flying changed and I didn't even realise it The ONE time she flying changed too...

    Sunday morning we had show jumping wich I was VERY happy with. Perfect clear round and she even got all correct leads which she never does!! That only took us up to 14th place so it was all up to cross country.
    To start my group was delayed for xc about 1.5 hours due to a few accidents. We ended up having to get TWO ambulances.... One of them was only the 4th or 5th rider of the day! I don't know how they're doing now, but I can only hope they're fine and dandy now...
    We didn't get to warm up properly for our course. This was the first year in the last 4 I've been doing this event that they changed the course. They reversed it so we were going from the old finish to the old start. That threw off a few of the regular compeditor horses. My friends horse that NEVER balks, balked. The mare I was riding decided to randomly slide stop into the first jump but then cat leapt over it - glad it was only a 70cm course!
    I took her to a hunter trial last year and we were 26 seconds under the optimum time so I knew this year I was going to be too fast. When I finished the course I felt I was going to be at least 45 seconds under time. NOPE! Only 3.20 under.
    This brought us to finish in 5th place. I was super impressed with this 'old' nag.

    Here's a couple dressage photos. Don't mock my crappy position, I know I'm dodge at dressage and need to improve a LOT. I think I'll stick in beginners open for the rest of the year and work my but off on dressage...
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        05-17-2010, 11:19 PM
    Sounds like a pretty successful show overall. 5th place is excellent for a group that large. Did you get any jumping pics?
        05-17-2010, 11:26 PM
    My sister got a video of our jumping round from like, the 3rd jump and most of our cross country with me riding like a bogan but my home computer crapped itself last night :(
    The pro photographer was there on the sj and xc days and got the MOST EMBARRASSING water jump photos of me EVER so I'm not even going to buy them and then the random photographer that got those dressage ones missed me at the brush jump :(
    But I was happy with dressage photos coz I NEVER get them and if I do, I just want to burn them coz they're even worse than those ones.
        05-17-2010, 11:29 PM
    They're not that bad. I have waaaay worse position pics than that!
        05-17-2010, 11:33 PM
    I supose we're our own worst critics though aren't we :P
    It didn't help that I was caught just starting to rise so I looked stupid. And I just realised I was tilting my hands forwards. I didn't even know I did that.....
        05-17-2010, 11:37 PM
    That's why pics and video are so good. We have mirrors at my new barn. Every time I go by, I have to re-fix everything. If your position really sucked, would you have gotten the score you did? 67.2% is a pretty sweet score.
        05-17-2010, 11:45 PM
    I would LOVE mirrors... *jealous*
    I got a C for rider position so I didn't actually think it was that good haha
        05-18-2010, 06:57 PM
    That's great! I didn't make it because I missed the nomination closing date

    I guess it's lucky though, cause Riley would have pitched a fit going the wrogn way haha!

    Looking forward to some more pictures if you have them
        05-18-2010, 07:00 PM
    A lot of the regular horses were confused. Moo decided it was a great idea to try a slide stop into the 'first fence' which was the burpengary barn I think it's called. Bloody western horses thinking they can slide stop in eventing!

    I'd take some stills from the videos but my home computer died and for some reason the videos won't work on my work computer :(
        05-19-2010, 12:49 AM
    Hahahahaha, I look like a bogan on cross country aswell!!! Your position isn't that bad! But your horses head is tilted, my horse use to do that all the time. I think it was from me sitting crooked.
    Well sliding stop at the first jump isn't that bad, last ODE of the year last year and MY pony club ODE on the cross country course I trained on, my horse stopped dead at the first jump and I fell off!! Then I got 2 more refusals and got eliminated :( so yeah........
    What was your dressage penalties???????

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