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Hoofprints in the Sand 06-28-2009 07:05 PM

Our first blue ribbon!!!
Sandie and I competed in our second horse show today, an eventing mini trial. Last weekend was our first show, and as some of you already know, it ended in elimination since I fell off during cross country.

But today it was different! We schooled some cross county courses and I took some tips from my trainer and some of you, and not only did I stay on this time, but...Sandie and I took FIRST PLACE!!! :D Here are some pics and videos (I'll post videos of my actual events later once I can figure out how to get them from my camcorder to the computer! haha)

I'm so proud of this little mare!! And SO excited for our first ribbon!

Warming up for dressage...number 13 turned out to be a lucky number for us! :-)

Warming up for Stadium, with my trainer standing by (Sandie looks like she's going to sprout wings and take flight, I love this pic!)

Proud pony wearing her blue ribbon :-)

Video of us warming up for dressage (she was pretty shaken up too because moments before this, a horse got loose and galloped up to us! She FREAKED, I thought I was going to end up on the ground!) So this was me calming her down before our dressage test :-)

And our "victory lap" lol

eventerdrew 06-28-2009 08:18 PM

CONGRATS! times a million! that is so awesome and what an improvement to last weekend! yay! what was your dressage score?

Hoofprints in the Sand 06-28-2009 08:42 PM

Thanks!!! :-) It was a 37.0 I felt like I could have done better (although I have a feeling I'll ALWAYS feel like that haha!) but it was an improvement over our 42.5 last weekend and apparently it was good enough for 1st this show!

eventerdrew 06-28-2009 09:05 PM

a 37 for your second show is awesome! some seasoned eventers don't even get scores like that (my mare's best is a 39 haha).

You are always going to come out of the ring and say to yourself "man, if I had just...". It's the way it goes.

Congrats again!

Hoofprints in the Sand 06-28-2009 09:28 PM

Really?! Thanks!! I was wondering what to benchmark a "good" score as, since I have no experience! My trainer just told me to aim for the 30's but he didn't say whether that was just for me, or whether the 30's were good in general :-)

eventerdrew 06-28-2009 09:34 PM

aiming for the 30's is a good and reasonable goal. These days, dressage is everything which is unfortunate considering it's the least dangerous of all three phases. Five years ago, you didn't find people scoring in the 20's. and if you did, it was VERY rare and everyone made a huge fuss about it. But now, it's not so unusual to see people win at any level with 23's or 25's. sad really. One of the girls in my area recently competed at Prelim and got a 19.5. Ridiculous if you ask me!

I've gotten up to a 32 on my other mare, whose movement was... let's just say less than desireable. haha.

But for you starting out, 37 is great! Keep aiming for those mid 30's numbers and you will consistently be in the top after dressage!

Dartanion 06-28-2009 09:44 PM

GREAT JOB!!!! congrates hope you keep on kickin butt.

ILoveGeorgieMyPony 06-29-2009 02:15 AM

Awwww, congratulations!.Your horse is beautiful!!

StormyBlues 06-29-2009 10:09 AM

GREAT JOB!!!!!! That is REALLY exciting! :D A 37 is great! The lowest score at Rolex last year was a 39, and this year was a 35 I belive so a 37 is amazing!

IrishRider 06-29-2009 11:11 AM

Nice job!

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