We had our first show today, and it went great! We brought home two seconds, two fiths and one sixth place ribbon. It may not sound like the best day, but we placed in all our classes, had no meltdowns, didn't have to blow any classes and just had a good day. Sometimes its not the placement that matters, it's everything else that went into it... or at least, that's how I feel.
My mare and I have been together since September, when I started leasing her. She was a bit green at the time, and she's really pushed me to get her and myself show ring ready. We were afraid that I might have to blow one or two classes to get her worked out and going smooth, but she went in her first class and just bam! Turned on her show horse. We totally blew the backing (she turned almost completely sideways, and I had to use two hands to get her back) but we weren't DQ'd, and we came out with 5th (in quite a talented class) so I was just thrilled. Her head was level most of the time, and I really didn't have to correct her much, she just let me sit back and ride, which was awesome, because she never does that lol.
I'm just so happy with her right now, she really pulled through for me, and I'm so proud of her! Had to share.