Our 1st ribbon!
I did a sort-of event today. It had all 3 phases, but they were scored separately. Lucky for us because we were lack luster in dressage for a change. Instead we placed in stadium jumping, the phase that in two former attempts, we failed to even complete the course. It was kind of funny. Long story short, I got there late and had to go directly from dressage to stadium. There was a jumpoff involved and I had to ask what that meant since I've only done this twice before. Guess I figured it out because we got 5th place out of 12!
I put this post on the eventing forum instead of show forum because I wanted all you eventers that are ahead of me in the sport, that I think you've all been holding out on me. I did my first ever XC phase. It was just cross rails with optional hay bale jumps and stuff, but I'm still trying to find the words to describe it. It was something like WWWHHHAAAEEEEEE!! Holy cow that was so much fun! We had a little issue at the very first fence because he couldn't see down the hill on the other side, but once we were over that, he was on auto-pilot. I am so proud of how Puck handled himself. He was not completely brave, but more than willing to let me guide him through it, and he was just so proud of himself after each fence. He was so cute. It was a complete blast to do a nice forward canter around the field. Huge confidence booster for both of us and was ridiculously fun!
I looked at my video. It's almost same as last time. Leg's good, pretty **** solid actually, release is way better, still jumping ahead, but not as badly this time as evidenced by Puck jumping better with his front end. I definitely stayed more in the back seat for XC which is always good. Best yet, the jumping phases were finally completely fun again instead on wondering what might go wrong. I'm just so proud of my boy!
You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.