Today was the first day of a four day show....
I left the house at 6:20 and according to my garmen arrival time was around 7:20 but that was wrong, arrival time was about 7:45. Show started at 8 but luckily there was halter and showmanship first and then the driving classes.
On the lunge line Riley bucked like a maniac! I had to hold the rope with two hands to keep from loosing him and that was WITH a chain! Rotten butt!
Got him tacked up and mounted up and in the warm up ring we were the bomb! The lope was BEAUTISIMOUS!!! Went into the ring and ... Say what? The head went up we were looking to the right, looking to the left, looking to the sky and boot scoot boogie! We did a hop and a snort and a SNOT! Go team! We got 10th out of 10! Oh wait, they didn't give 10 places!!!!
Next class we redeemed ourselves though. It was the equitation pattern and while we weren't perfect, we were pretty happy in the line-up... that is, until the judge told us we were supposed to lope to jog to halt to back and we only loped to halt to back which meant, oh yes it did! DISQUALIFIED!!!
Trail class, who can go wrong? WE CAN! We were maniacs! We stepped out of the box, we tripped over the poles, we balked at the gate, we picked up the wrong lead, we refused to halt, we backed right over the poll, but... we crossed that bridge!!!
Last trail class we really did redeem ourselves though. We stayed in the box, we argued at the gate but we did it. We took the serpentine with ease and even picked up the lope without bumping the rails. Our back was lovely and even our jog and halts. The bridge was perfect. I didn't stay for placings because I finished at 5:30 and they still hadn't called them out yet by the time I left at 7ish but I really don't care because that was our absolute best class of the day... GO TEAM LOSER!
Hopefully tomorrow will be a better day! Good thing I love my boy....