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post #1 of 8 Old 03-07-2008, 09:42 AM Thread Starter
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First Day of Spruce Meadows! *Pic Added*

So yesterday I had my first class at Spruce Meadows. As some may have read I haven't shown there in over 8 yrs and when I did it was in the hunters (which they no longer offer haha). It's also my first jumper show at 3'6.
We warmed up really well. Veggie is being a little lazy.
We go in and trot down to the end of the ring. It's super spooky down there with fake hedges, rock gardens and dragons (chinese theme due to the olympics, we think). Veg is a little lookie but a good boy.
Salute the judge and the buzzer goes. Our first jump is an oxer about 3 strides from the wall. We jump that beautifully, then do a very long bending line shape (too long to count strides in) to another oxer on the diagonal. Jump that beautifully. Jump #3 comes up very quickly. We get a bit deep to it but Veg jumps it well and we do a lovely, flowing 7 stride bending line to the oxer out. Jumped it well.
Because it was our first day at Spruce we decided we would go outside all the jumps to the one stride, just to make sure the round was smooth.
We got a little deep to the in but jumped out well.
Then we came to the skinny. I was worried about this one but up and over we went.
A long canter to a diagonal oxer, Veg was a little worried by this one so jumped it with tons of room to spare.
The next jump also came up very fast. Jumped that vertical well, then 5 semi tight strides to an oxer then 3 longer strides out over our final vertical!
We jumped the course totally clean but had one time fault, but that's what we were going for. Smooth, and flowing so next time we can do tighter corners and feel confident with it.
And up until the second last rider I was in 6th place (ribbons only go to 6th) but she went totally clear. I was so happy with my Veggie man. He tried so hard. I will have video and hopefully pics from the weekend but I am not sure when I will have them by.
I have one 3'6 round today. 2 tomorrow and 1 on sunday
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post #2 of 8 Old 03-07-2008, 11:06 AM
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Congrats! Look forward to seeing pictures!
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congrats on a clean round! It's good that Veggie was good for you and didn't spook.
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post #4 of 8 Old 03-07-2008, 12:20 PM
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Aww congrats; that's great!!!

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post #5 of 8 Old 03-07-2008, 10:38 PM
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Haha my mare was a true hunter, so any jumper course that we actually finished was a good round... :P
Anyways, congrats!! I had no idea they're no longer offering hunters!

Looking forward to your next update!

Ooh, and how was all your new equipment that you bought the other day?

The lovely images above provided by CVLC Photography
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post #6 of 8 Old 03-07-2008, 11:10 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys.
Ya they haven't offered hunters for years now (except pony hunters).
My equipment is great.
I have one pic for now. from todays comp.
PLEASE DON"T CRITIQUE! I know what I am doing wrong (and it's a lot)

Todays round was overall better than esterdays round, but down the last line we had 2 rails. The time is also REALLY tight so even though we were motoring around and took the inside turns we still had one time fault.
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post #7 of 8 Old 03-08-2008, 10:47 PM Thread Starter
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Nobody wants to see the pics. Oh well I will post this anyway

Today I had a good first round. The lines were difficult and we had a few quite long spots but I was there for Veg and we made it over. We had one rail though and a time fault.
Next round we had a gorgeous first fence then an oxer tight into the corner. It was a totally horrid distance and I couldn't decide what I wanted so I just sat like a bump on a log and We stopped. Tried again and wouldn't you know it same distance and same ride and same stop.
Since we were then eliminated I took the courtesy fence which was gorgeous. We did 2 jumps in the warm up ring (a vertical and an oxer) and both were insanely beautiful. Oh well. I don't think that will affect us at all tomorrow. It was just a bad distance and I didn't help out.
Again NO CRITIQUE!!! thank you.
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post #8 of 8 Old 03-09-2008, 02:58 PM Thread Starter
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again I am posting this anyway, even tho people aren't looking

Today was fantastic. It was our mini prix (1.10m) and We just did wonderful! We had one time fault but it was a nice smooth round. only 2 fences were a bit deep the rest was just perfect. We ended up 9th out of 33. 5 out of the top 10 had time faults. 9th was just out of the ribbons but still in the prize money.
DO NOT CRITIQUE. I know the release is bad. This is one of the fences we got really tight too. My right hand is grabbing a hunk of mane but my left is clearly not releasing. Otherwise I would have liked this pic (as Veg would have been more reaching through his neck with a better release)
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