Oh where oh where to start!?! I'm still so giddy about how well Saturday went so well!!
My thoughts are so scrambled so I will do my best to share the experience with you guys with out going all over the place!
Firstly, it was my first time hauling the trailer anywhere...scary but not as bad as I thought it would be. I want to get good at the whole hauling thing, could really help me get places haha
So we got to the show, unloaded without too much chaos
He settled right in, no screaming! He was alert and checking everything out but kept himself together.
Of course everyone knows that one rider who always has the mounts that are a handful and all over the place....I was lucky enough to get to warm up with her
Ollie handed it so well, I just kept an eye on them and we where able to stay away from each other for the most part. Ollie is not the type of guy to feed off behaviors from others thank goodness, but for him to stay focused at his first schooling show...first time in the warm up ring, first everything show wise....so proud, I couldn't be more proud!
I was able to take him to the covered arena, that was completely empty and start his warm up there and later moved out to the warmup with the big grey warmblood gelding acting a fool. Getting him warmed up at walk trot and canter alone where he could still hear and see everything really set the tone for the day. I love having a trainer who stays with me every minute when we where both so tight and was able to talk us through it, get us soft supple and working together as one.
We warmed up over a small cross rail....luckily the launching over the jump didn't last to long... We got in sync so well.
Then we moved over to the vertical and had to start all over lol oh how I love green baby jumpers
Gave him a few walk breaks but on his first walk break....so wish we got it on video.... Oh well. Anyways I was walking him on a loose rein, not to the buckle but loose and felt him tense and tighten weird so I was like no we are just going to pick up the trot and move forward. 3rd step into trot we where 12ft in the air off all fours and all I saw was the sand....really far away from me. Then a jolt to the left then up again and a jolt to the right and up again...all I saw besides the ground was everyone turn from the show ring....heard my trainer say sit up, stay on!! Lol the first time he went up my first though was stay on so I shoved my heels down so fast and so hard....I pulled something, heard a pop...extreme pain.
The excitement was over for warm up, thank goodness!!
My mom showed up not 30 seconds after the tantrum or...whatever all the leaping in the air was about. My mom later commented..."when I showed up you looked slightly tense..." All I could was smile and nod. My mom is one of those people....parent who has seen me fall off as a kid so many times, get hurt that she now thinks she's a bad luck charm lol so her seeing the surprise fireworks wouldn't have gone over so well!
Everyone in the warm cheered when he stopped leaping around and I stayed on....all I could do was say "water, need water" as I trotted him in a small circle to get him back with me
The jump course was simple but good for us!! I memorized it too!!
He was so good. Not much to say about the courses other then I feel we improved on our second time through when it got raised.
First time through our first two jumps and up to the third was together and smooth...smother then I expected lol
I have videos and pictures. Waiting for my friend to get the videos up on my YouTube channel and send me the pictures sent to me from her iPod.
So for now here are some of the pictures.
Please NO critiques, my trainer was there with me and I know what needs to worked on but since this was his first show, big outing my hopes where high and expectations low. Goals: stay on, end with a smile. Done and done!
On to the pictures!!
Love this one, shows his exuberance, my caption....release the crackin!!!
More photos and videos are coming!