Well, three days until the show. I got my ride times and they are the most excruciatingly EARLY ride times I have ever had or seen at a show. The show bill did NOT say anything about this show starting at 7am, it just boasted that it was incredibly relaxed and casual and that casual attire is very much encouraged.
So, my first ride time is 7:45am! Second ride time is 10:06am and then I'm done. My friend who rides Western Dressage has her last ride at 12PM so of course I will need to stay and help/root her on :) This is my first show that I am going to that someone from my current stable will be at. Nobody at my last stable showed dressage at all so I was pretty much alone except the show I did a few months ago with Cinny. Cinny ended up in the same row as a lot of people from a high priced show stable I used to board cinny at and though they didn't talk to me when I boarded there, we talked and became friends at this show. They are volunteering Saturday though, not showing.
And... I still can't get Baby to canter. Luckily I did succeed in getting my classes changed to Intro A and B. I'm actually not really looking forward to showing him, sigh. He just requires so much more strength of leg than I ever had to put on a horse before, and especially not Cin. Yesterday the zipper broke on my 4 month old dress boots, but luckily this is a very casual show. Dover thinks they can get me a new pair by the end of the day Friday, but I'm not holding my breath. Instead I pulled out my old paddock boots and slapped on about 5 layers of black Urad shoe polish (they are brown) and cleaned up my nice black leather Ariat half chaps.
But on a good note. I rode Cinny yesterday for the first time since his injury as the vet says he is clear to do anything except jumping, barrels, etc. And, from what I have learned on Baby, I actually was able to get Cinny's hind end engaged and a better contact. I'm talking belly swinging left and right, butt about a foot higher than usual, and his chin flapping with his stride... he even filled the outside rein on our circles. I knew riding Baby would be good for me and Cinny :)