Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Johnson Creek, WI
Ok so lots to catch up on!
Yesterday, while I was at work, my trainer jumped Jack in the 2'6" - 2'9" training jumpers. Now, keep in mind that Jack had never been to a show before and had never really jumped a full course before either (at least not of ~14 jumps.) He's also only been schooling in the 2'6" range for about 2 weeks.
He was fantastic! The first class she got 2nd out of about 9 horses! His first round ever was clean! Everyone was asking Lane where we got him and who he was and telling her how awesome he was etc. He took everything so well that people didn't believe this was his first show or that he was an ottb. Unfortunately, Lane went off course the second class, but Jack was great nonetheless.
He was so good that she took him into one of the schooling jumper classes (2'9"-3') and he took fourth!
I rode today and I was impressed that I was able to take him out of his stall this morning and basically hop on and school over fences with only a brief warm up. He did great in the schooling ring chaos even though I was very nervous. My first class was the training jumpers (power and speed) and we went clean the entire course! We were very slow though so I still only got 6th out of 7, but I was very pleased since he went so well. My next class had a separate jump off but I knocked a rail in the beginning so I didn't get to the jump off so we got last.
We considered taking him in some hunter classes too but he started to get a little testy and so we decided to call it and end with our jumpers. I'm extremely impressed with how he did. He never spooked at anything (even with an airport next to the fair grounds and bag pipes playing the entire time from a scottish thing going on too) and didn't look at a single jump.
He really could not have done any better with his first show so I'm supremely pleased. The show ends tomorrow but Jack won't be in any classes, I am going in the morning to watch the other riders and to help pack up to head home. I just can't believe what an incredible horse I ended up with =)
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