Lesson today! Started in the field and moved to the arena like usual.
My instructor was working us hard in preparation for the show. While we were in the field, we were posting the trot, sitting the trot, two-pointing the trot, trying not to die at the trot, everything.
Then, some cantering.
We headed into the arena for show practice. While we rode, she drilled us on arena etiquette and what's expected. At first, my group (including me) was a mess! My instructor was about ready to have a stroke and scolded us. Then, it all came together and we started doing really well! My instructor (Katy) was complimenting everyone, and she was telling me that I should ride like I was riding in the show. It made me feel really good :).
I was sweating and was expecting Skippy to be equally sweaty. But he had hardly broken a sweat and seemed to be unimpressed with his workout haha.
I also found out that he was in the very same show last year, and won Grand Champion! What a horse, I love him <3.
My instructor gave me a show coat to actually keep. We're getting it dry cleaned and the sleeves taken down. Tomorrow we're off to Stagecoach for a shirt, and tall boots, and knowing my mom, probably a few more things xD.
This will be my first time ever going to a show in full dress! This show is actually part of a series, so it's much more serious than my first show at my old barn, where I just wore my normal riding clothes, etc.
My instructor has to finalize the plans, and they'll be finalized Monday, but so far, these are the plans:
*My cousin will be coming over the 29th, and we're going to head over to my Grandpa's (he lives literally three minutes away) for a sleepover.
*We have to be at the barn around 7:30 am, so we'll probably have to be up at around five.
*Get to barn, organize stuff, load horses, travel to showgrounds.
Then, whatever happens from there!
I'm so excited but also nervous. This is a big thing for me because ever since I knew about horses I really, really wanted to show like this, but I doubted it would ever happen. Now, I am actually doing it! I just have to do my best, and whatever that is, I'll be happy with it. :)