Day 1 - Travel and Set-up
After a long two weeks of rain, minor injuries and lack of riding leading up to the show I was slightly nervous for the competition. Luckily, Tristan is the king of vacation days and almost rides better when he has time off. This show marked a big step in our career at Training level; it was our first competition entirely without a coach. I was nervous to go at it alone, not for winning but wanting to be sure that I was doing right by my horse and keeping him safe.
Travel day went smoothly, with a quick stop early on at the Tryon Equine Veterinary Hospital to get a health certificate we were on our way to Lexington. My boyfriend and I spent the hours of travel laughing at our Miniature Schnauzer, Lego, and being grateful that we were not traveling the opposite way on I40 with a 12 mile long traffic jam leading up to a flipped semi-trailer. We arrived at the Horse Park around 4:00 pm, and promptly unpacked the trailer to allow myself enough time to hack Tristan around the dressage rings before dinner. After settling Tristan in and braiding, we headed back to our hotel to grab a couple hours of sleep before my early Dressage time in the morning.
|Friday was a good day for hacking around!|
Day 2 - Dressage and Cross Country
8:12 am ride time calls for waking up at 4:30 am to allow enough time for feeding, grooming, walking, tack cleaning etc. Before I rode I let Tristan wear his Moxie Liquid Titanium Cooler for an hour to start loosening up his muscles and give him a calm, relaxed approach to dressage. I like to give Tristan about 45 minutes to warm-up, giving us enough time to spend at the walk and really stretching out his fifteen year old muscles and joints. This show, I was happy to find Tristan very manageable in the warm-up, while lacking some of his characteristic flaunt. We put in a very workmanlike test, scoring at a 36.8 penalty points. I was happy that nothing had gone horribly wrong (as things are likely to do in dressage) but there is always room for improvement and I find myself hungering for perfection.
We had a couple hours to rest before cross country allowing for lots of treats and loving.
|"Hey, is that 10th peppermint for me?" - Tristan|
|Moxie's Bamboo Pad helps us fly!|
Day 3 - Stadium Jumping
Sunday started out hot, and continued to get hotter. We had the advantage the previous day of finishing before the heat set in, but my class didn't even start riding until dead noon. Tristan went into the warm-up with plenty of spring left in his step from the day before. I made sure to spend most of my time walking and conserving his strength, but once I started putting him over fences his game face was on! I am constantly amazed at how much bounce per ounce he gives me on a daily basis.
|That's what I call a warm-up jump!|
|How awesome was this jump?!|
|I'm pretty sure he has a couple extra springs in his butt!|
Next show is Champagne Run at the Kentucky Horse Park again in July. Bring it on!