Thank goodness, showjumping the day of the show went way better than our practice the day before- in which he warmed up like a dream, but went in completely scatter brained and we even had a drive-by at fence 6.
But in the lesson I had yesterday, we worked on some of the things that show up in this course. Like my not traveling through the turn, and getting a weak canter that ends in a weak spot at the base of the fence, which is how my rail in the video above happened. I really have to work to keep him both packaged and forward, and when both of those elements aren’t present the rails start to tumble.
Back to the show- SJ was better and overall I am actually really happy that I was able to mostly maintain the shape that H wants me to have between the fences- no running around like an over excited llama for us! My upper body is looking better, but I need to keep backing it up with my leg, which somehow is still a struggle for me. So a couple wins, and as always, plenty to work on.
XC was an absolute blast- right out of the gate Jack was feeling ‘on’ and I let him go after just the second fence, and he was jumping everything out of stride and eating up the course. So much so that I realized about 3/4 of the way through that I was way ahead of my watch.
The part of me that knew we weren’t going to win with that rail (I hadn’t seen my dressage score yet- thank goodness) and the other part of me that was having too much fun both said (mostly) fuck it however- and gallop on we did, with just a little extra packaging towards the end to try to save the damage. Still, we came in with several speed faults, but you couldn’t have wiped the grin off my face if you’d tried.
So, the other part of this post is to determine if I have any readers still out there. I won’t lie, it’s been hard to keep up with the blog while my role at work grew (taking away major braining capacity) and my photography hustle grew (taking away my time), and you know, riding the horse that this blog is mostly about. I’m torn- I’ve had this blog (including House on a Hill before it) for so many years, being a part of the blogger community feels like my identity, and I’m loathe to give up the connections and relationships there. But I also feel strange wondering if I’m simply singing in an empty room, in which case, I could technically move my personal notes to Evernote or some other documenting app. It’s the comments and the conversation that have kept me hanging on. What say you?