Okay, here's a video from Excel's first show July 9th. He came off the track a year and a quarter ago, (is 6 now) and I've owned him for a year. At this show, we got a 2nd and a 5th in Eq. And Pleasure classes, and a 2nd in 18", 3rd in 2', and 4th in 2' Working Hunter. I switched from Western to English a year and a half ago, and had a jumping lesson early July. Other than that and a few pointers from my aunt and uncle, I'm self-taught. I found an eventing trainer who I'm going to set up lessons with soon, and I have jumped Excel less than 5 times over the past year.
The judge said I have a very nice leg at the trot, and that Excel has lovely movement. I got some comments on his movement from other people in the show barn, too.
On to the video. I REALLY need to work on my release over fences (jumping starts around 4:00). I need to use my corners more, but Excel was pretty set on jumping with absolutely no room to set himself up, so I was fighting him a little there. On the flat, I've been working to help Excel with his leads, as he has a tendancy to pick up the left more than the right. My uncle and aunt, who train reiners, are giving me instruction over the phone on this.
Warning; there's music.