Well I am super excited!!
Joy and I went to our first show under saddle together last weekend! She was AMAZING! I was riding another horse at the show and we got there late, so I only had time to warm up one horse. The other horse was feisty and our classes were first so I rode her. She did great - got a first, second, and third place on that horse.
Joy's classes were next. There was really no way to warm her up because they had classes going on in the arena. This particular arena causes horses to spook a LOT because there are stalls about 10 feet away from the rail on about 80% of the arena and you can see through to the aisle ways which is where people tend to hang out. I did trot her around outside for about 5 mins but it started snowing so I went in the barn aisle way.
I was SO nervous going into my first class on a horse at her first show that hadn't really even been warmed up. But she absolutely KILLED it! She was AMAZING! She stayed collected the entire time, her transitions were beautiful, and she listened to me the entire time. I almost teared up I was so proud. And she came in 2nd out of 9 or 10 horses! And most of these horses had much more time on them, I'd say she by far had less rides than any other horse there. She had about 35 rides on her at that point. Oh my gosh I was grinning from ear to ear.
Her second class didn't go as well, but it was still good. It was a green horse class and a lot of the green horses in that class were going sideways, cutting each other off, etc etc. Just green horse stuff. She gets really nervous when horses crowd her so she stopped once and her head came up a few times. Still not bad though! That's what a schooling show is for!
So yeah. I can't wait to keep showing her this year. I plan on doing as many schooling shows as I can this year. Not worried about placing or anything. It's going to be a year of light riding, exposure, and fun. Hopefully by next year she'll be a solid little dressage horse.
It's just an amazing feeling to see this horse that I've had since she was a weanling grow up into such a nice 3 year old.
Always stay humble and kind