May 17, 2009
I had the lesson show last weekend! I haven't uploaded the pictures yet cause I have a ridiculous amount of homework this week, but I thought since I'm riding today I would go ahead and tell you all about the show so I don't get behind with my posting.
The lesson show was basically everyone from my barn and a few people who came from nearby barns. It was a pretty big event compared to what I thought it would be. Poor Dakota was used in almost every division, though! First I watched the 2'6'' people school. Some other girl fell off Dakota when they were schooling, but she was okay.
I thought it was really weird how when the girls schooled, they all rode with their hands behind their knees! I know they were trying to get the horses into a headset or something, but they all looked kinda silly all hunched over! Anyways, Dakota didn't seem to mind.
First were the 2'6'' classes, which I filmed. Dakota went really well! After that he was ridden in a walking class by a little girl, so that was pretty much like a break before I rode him.
I had three jumping classes (2') and a flat class. The first jumping course was pretty bad... I got some awful distances, cut some corners, and didn't really have my head in the game. My division was pretty big so I had a long wait before I jumped again. We redeemed ourselves and took everything in perfect stride! I was really happy, so I yelled GOOD BOY!!! and gave Dakota a huge hug as we cantered around in a circle after our course. Everyone laughed! The third course was pretty good, too, but Dakota was tired and we added 2 strides into one of the lines.
For the jumping classes I got 3rd, 2nd, and 1st respectively!
Then we had our flat/hack class which was walk-trot-canter. Dakota went like a dream... until he stopped to POOP!!! That was a deal-breaker. We got 6th, but I was lucky to even place. XD
My mom did take pictures but I realized when I looked at them that my eq is absolutely HORRIBLE!!
Today, in my lesson, I'm going to really work on sinking my weight into my heels over the jumps. My mom will get pictures, so I'll try to get those + show pics up soon!
Every ride, good or bad, teaches you something new.