Lizzy has trained me as well. When I lunge her if I stop paying attention and say look off away somewhere or text on my phone she stops and looks at me until my full attention is back on her.
I am sorry to hear about the fair. It sounded like such a fun learning opportunity. But the horse must always come first and it's good that you recognized that you both were not quite ready for such a challenge. At least you two are doing better already.
Oh and last night I rode a very green 3 year old since Lizzy was out of commission. And wow it really hit home how well Lizzy and I have done and how far we have gotten. That youngin was fun but man was he a lot of work. I ride with spurs since my legs are so much longer than the little ones bellies and he still wouldn't pick up the pace. But by the end of the night I had him working off kisses instead of kicks. I hate having to use kicks to go, a little squeeze with my calf or a kiss is much prefered.