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    06-10-2012, 05:37 AM

Lots of canter and jump work. My instructor said she was proud of us and is going to add a jump next week =).

Also, my lease day was moved to a day when Skippy isn't ridden! Yay!

Most important:

SHOW THE 30TH! And it's the first one I'm actually going to travel to a different place (with my barn) for.

Now, I'm not completely sure I'm going to go yet. But I'm still very excited just thinking about it! I'll tell you guys more about it later.
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    06-10-2012, 05:54 AM
Best of luck OP!!!!
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    06-19-2012, 10:27 AM
So, definitely going to the show on the 30th! So excited!

Skippy was so perfect yesterday. A little fresh though!

Yesterday, my main concern was transitions, circles, and changing direction. I warmed him up with a sitting trot, got him on the bit and collected, and changed directions a ton of times. Then did the whole changing directions thing at the posting trot.


I did some walk-canter to start. His trot-canter are pretty good, but when we began his canter-trot were still a wreck. At the end, though, I finally got him to go down to the trot (from the canter) balanced, calmly, and trotting like a normal horse.

Then, more circles/changes of direction at the trot. Next time, circles/changes/speed/calmness at the canter will be my focus.

Next time, I think I'll warm him up with no stirrups.

I cooled him down bareback again :).
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    06-23-2012, 09:38 PM
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. :)
    06-26-2012, 11:39 PM
So my last practice ride before the show was yesterday! Skippy was perfect. I warmed him up with no stirrups, sitting trot, lots of changing directions. Then, I trotted over a cross-rail that was set up for me (I have to go over one in the show).

Then, some transition work and some cantering focusing mainly on me. I cantered in both directions with no stirrups for the first time! (Purposely...haha).

Then some extended trot (I finally got him to do it) and I cantered over the jump a few times for fun!

Skippy had just a LITTLE sweat on him at the end of the ride and he was so energetic and fast the whole ride. He is crazy but I love him .


First we looked for my tall boots. It was a bit of trouble finding a pair that fit over my abnormally large calves, but eventually we lucked out with an extra wide size ten xD.

Then my shirt! I got a white, long-sleeved one.

My mom had me try on about ten pairs of breeches and we eventually settled on a nice pair.

Then I got two hair nets- one of the good ones with the clip, and one pack that comes with two cheap ones.

WISH ME LUCK! Show is Saturday!
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    06-26-2012, 11:46 PM
You have a wonderfully supportive mom! Best of luck at your show! :)
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    06-26-2012, 11:52 PM
You have a wonderfully supportive mom! Best of luck at your show! :)
Thanks, yeah I do! My Dad was there too, actually, but my mom's the one who knows about clothing! And thank you!
    06-30-2012, 05:23 PM
Here are the results and all about my show!

Results and More :)
    06-30-2012, 10:28 PM
Way to rock it! :) Glad you guys got to go!
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    07-08-2012, 02:28 PM
Horse: Skippy
Arena: Indoor
Number of people riding: Two...including me! So it was almost like a private lesson.

We did a ton of no stirrup work and jumping. My instructor worked on my hip angle, my transitions, my two point, and my turns for the most part. I feel bad for the other girl because she wasn't keeping her shoulders back enough and my instructor got a whip and had her put it behind her back and through her arms if that makes sense.

Skippy was okay. He was grumpy and fought with me a bit now and then, but horses have their bad days too and it was hot in the indoor!

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