After learning that we were at the top of the charts after dressage, that really put the pressure on to go clear in the jumping phases. And you know what they say… when you’re at the top, the only way to go is down. And you know what comes down? Brightly colored sticks.
Our warm up went pretty well, but as we now know, that doesn’t mean that Jack will go in the ring all calm and collected-like. So the plan was to go in the ring and go– forward and packaged and get him thinking straight where possible. We expected 4 to be a little sticky because it was an oxer that appeared to be jumping into the stands, and 9a-9b was giving folks trouble all day because of the astroturf filler, but otherwise thinking positive and moving seemed to provide rewarding rides.
Even though we had a rail down (dammmmmmit), this was still our best round to date in terms of how obedient and relaxed Jack was once we found a rhythm. I did have to growl at him approaching 5 when I felt him back off a bit, but that’s just kind of how Jack is at the moment so I won’t fault him for that.
Our rail bumped us from 1st to tied for 2nd- still in the ribbons heading to XC and a fun course there awaiting us as well! Tomorrow we wrap it up!
so i fully admit to stalking you on event entries this weekend – what a killer dressage score! bummer about the rail but definitely agreed that there’s a lot to like about that stadium course! looking forward to hearing about xc!
Sucks about the rail but you guys did so well!
Good job, Jack! But lol growling at him
OMG, your cheering squad! SO sweet! You guys looked to be in such a good rhythm!
You guys look great out there!
I love your pace and it looks like you guys have really figured out a great middle ground! Bummer about the rail 😦