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    03-11-2012, 04:41 AM
WOOHOO first eventing show

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.
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    03-11-2012, 07:43 AM
PICTURES don't mind the random purple bell boot in the cross country pic, he broke one of his black ones so I had to borrow a replacement from somebody.

    03-11-2012, 09:07 AM
Yay ! Congrats !!
It is great to even finish your first event, and you got 4th ! Way to go =]
    03-11-2012, 09:09 AM
Congrats! I love that last picture, Monty is a very handsome boy!
    03-11-2012, 09:04 PM
Congrats! You both look like you're really enjoying yourselves!
    03-11-2012, 10:59 PM
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He is beautiful!! You guys look great, and good work coming back up so far!! That's an achievement there girl!
    03-12-2012, 12:07 AM
I wish we had eventing around here!It looks like so much fun and I want to try it sooo badly! Good job on your first event!
    03-12-2012, 05:43 AM
Thanks guys :) Jumanji, eventing is SOOO much fun! If you ever get the chance, do try it.

At home, we're jumping a lot higher than that. Those fences were only 18 inches max, and we're jumping 3'4" courses at home. Straight showjumping, I'm a lot more confident and we'll be competing 2'8"-3' or maybe even 3'4" at the next showjumping day we attend. Cross country terrifies me because if we hit it, it won't fall down, and I've heard too many horror stories about what can go wrong, so I prefer to stick to the smaller heights for eventing, for now.

Really, showjumping is our passion (or rather, it's mine), and I'm just playing with eventing. If I can get my confidence up, we'll move up through the grades. If not, we'll play around at E grade (this stuff) on weekends when there aren't any showjumping days on. There are a LOT more competitions for eventers than there are for showjumpers.
    03-12-2012, 05:55 AM
I fox hunt, so I know how much fun eventing can be. LOL It's really big up in the mountains, but they are about 3 hours away. There is a barn not far from here that set up a cross country course and are going to hold some small competitions from what I've heard. The one coach was an eventer so she and the barn owner are trying to bring it up around here.
    03-12-2012, 06:10 AM
Here's hoping it works out so you can go eventing!

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