I've just gotten home from my first EVER eventing show. SO pleased with how we went.
Monty was really tense and uptight in the dressage and just wasn't listening to me at all in the first half of the test. I blame my own nerves because he was perfect in the warmup! We got a pretty poor score, 75.75 penalties. I don't know how that relates in percentage but it's not good. Even so I feel like the judge was being very generous giving us that! It was an awful test.
Showjumping, again warmup was perfect, and then we got into the ring and he was feral. He nailed every fence and every flying change but he was SOOOO fast! I felt like he was basically bolting through the course and I didn't have a prayer of controlling his speed. Took him home and popped him over the jumps I've got at home because I didn't want to finish on misbehaviour.
Cross country, WOW. I changed the configuration of my bit so it was a lot stronger, and I had a completely different horse. He was beautiful in warmup, if a little too forward, but when it came to the actual course... I was so terrified, we jumped the first 2 or 3 fences from trot, and my fear was rubbing off on him and he was afraid of all the jump judges. But once I settled myself and fell into the rhythm of the course, we were great. He was quite forward but I held him back easily and indeed a little too much! We got 6 time penalties.
Our final score of 81.75 earned us 4th place out of 7 riders. I'm very happy with that considering our performances and the fact that it was my first one day event, and my first show with this horse.
There will be a next time, and the next event we go to, our aim is to incur fewer penalties. That won't be hard if we have a better dressage test and come in on time from XC.