I just remembered my most embarrassing show ever.
I was at an event, doing elementary level on a horse that NO ONE liked to ride. He was stubborn, stiff, and didn't walk [just jigged along] Well. I loved him, for some reason me and him clicked. I trained for MONTHS for this event. We knew we wouldn't do great in dressage, but we'd get through it the best we can [He doesn't go on the bit, he rides with his head up in a ewe position even though he doesn't have a ewe neck, his canter is a near gallop.] We knew where we would have trouble was stadium jumping. He was HUGE on refusing, he would throw his shoulder at every jump 3 our 4 times before going over. We knew cross country would go fine because he loves being out there alone and is great on the course [no refusals, good times etc]
Well the day came. We get in the dressage arena prepared for our mediocre test. He is so freaking nervous it's insane. On our first canter circle he threw his shoulder [which he never did with me before] pointed in the opposite direction and started to gallop. I turned him back onto the circle and made it seem like it never happened. Then we transitioned to trot and as we approached the letter C, HE JUMPED OUT OF THE DRESSAGE RING! The judge, in a very snooty tone, said "I think you better stop.."
Well, it was a schooling show, I got to do the test over, it wasn't any better and he broke into a canter every other step, but this time he didn't jump out. We were eliminated but aloud to compete in the rest of the show.
Stadium came next, our dreaded area of the event. He rode every fence without a single refusal, run out or hesitation. Great!
Then cross country came, his favorite. The second jump he came off at a gallop, did a 360 turn from under me and sent me on my rump going downhill. I injured my tailbone, and it hurt so bad I SCREAMED and it echoed. So embarrassing. I got back on though, finished the course. My mom and trainer were worried because two horses that went after me came back before me. My adrenaline was so high I was able to ride the rest of the 10 jumps. But the EMT nearly dragged me into an ambulance [I begged him otherwise.]