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I have never been more proud of me or my horse in my entire life. Many of you are aware of the severe herd boundness issues she's had at shows, and my own show nerves. I finally realized this was 110% me when my coach took her to her first sanctioned Dressage show in September and she was completely and totally relaxed. So I SWORE to myself, the end of October Pumpkin Party show was about RELAXATION and NOT winning. Well guess what? WE KICKED BUTT.
She was a total angel. I stalled her on the far end so she couldn't see Justus and I think that really help. Literally, a week before the show I had a Dressage lesson so bad I burst into tears and our ONE jumping practice was a glorified disaster. I was dreading the show so bad and finally MADE myself stop being so negative and magically EVERYTHING came together. She was PERFECT.
In classes of a minimum 10+ riders, we got:
1st in 2'0" Jumpers
2nd in Hunter Crossrails
2nd in Flag Race
3rd in Walk Trot Dressage (I GOT A 7 FOR MY RIDER MARKS)
3rd in 2'0" Horse Human Relay (Shay-la ran, I rode)
4th in Training Level Dressage
4th in 2'0" Hunter
4th in Cup of Water Race
The only class we didn't pin in was Walk Trot Equitation and it was 20+ riders with a Western judge. Jynx has NEVER done jumpers before and she was AMAZING. My heart was POUNDING Sunday morning looking at the terrifying rainbow fence, wagon wheel fence and water wave fence! We got into warmup - Jynx jumped every fence like she was literally asleep. Dressage was amazing - on the bit and SO relaxed. I was crying tears of joy. I think we've FINALLY overcome the show nerves!
Enjoy some pics and vids! I know my position is the PITS in some of the jumping photos but I don't currently have a coach - lining one up now so I don't look so terrible next year!
Looking DOWN in 2'0" hunter - BAD ME
Me and Shay-la getting ready for 2'0" horse human relay - she had to jump four 2'0" fences first, then I jumped the whole course. She got 2nd on Justus with me running, and our stable mate Mel got 1st with her sister running! WE DOMINATED! LOL
Shay-la jumping in fine style!
Oh dear - the scary rainbow fence! She didn't even glance at the rainbows but we hit a rough spot!
Scary wheel fence! No problem for super Jynx!
Haha, again in 2'0" jumpers where we got 1st! You can tell we're just determined now - GO PONY GO!
And from a different photographer:
Shay-la again from the front!
Me showing yet again how NOT to jump a fence while my amazing pony saves my sorry rear!
Awwwww, she's so cute!
Bahahaha, me running for Shay-la! I have far less spectacular form.
Yup, she actually started falling asleep on me. "I got this mom...like a boss." LOL
Jynx and her booty!
And a video of Jynxy's AMAZINGNESS> This was the 2'0" horse human relay, her first EVER jumper course at a show - prior to this all she'd done is crossrails, and a 2'0" hunter course the day before!!!!
I just cannot believe how far we've come in 3 years. I love this horse with everything I have!