So, some time has gone by, and we’ve hadn’t had a lot to report on. We’ve just been working and training as usual for the past several months! Our barn did have their own schooling show on April 7th though! This was a fun time for us to go a little bit out of our comfort zone. We again did the pony division, but this time there was legit 2’6″ jumps, many of them oxer spreads. We don’t normally jump, or even school that high, but I had no doubts in his ability to do it. Knowing it probably wasn’t going to be perfect lol. He did kind of “look” at the bigger jumps, and with the flower boxes I think he made an extra effort to get over them clear! I also made an extra effort to “get out of his way” and my Equitation just went by the wayside as I just kind of threw myself in front of him… bad habit that I really need to work on! The picture below pretty much sums that up… my EQ is awful, as my pony is taking a pretty good sized jump for what he’s used to
What a cute jump he has, if only I can get myself together! It’s almost embarrassing to show my horrible form here, but it’s an honest struggle I’m working on!
There were 3 ponies in my division this time, instead of just 2 like the last barn schooling show. The additional pony is a seasoned jumper, and had an amazing adult rider, so as it was fun to have some real competition this time, it was humbling for sure! We tanked the equitation jumping round, and only managed to get a few ribbons NOT by default. The now 9 yr old little girl on her rockstar pony beat us all for Grand Champ, and I did not get reserve… so last place it was for us 🙁 But it was quite fun to go a little bigger and bolder than our comfort zone. It served as a nice reminder that we are not ready to compete at 2’6″ with oxers in a real competitive show! So with the HSITP show coming up off the property, I will enter into a division where we are a bit more comfortable and continue to work on getting better.
Looking forward to another show in just a few weeks! We haven’t been off the property in almost a year, so no matter how we do, it will be a good experience to get some actual show experience.