A storm came thru Greencastle on Friday night/early Sat. morning, so we arrived at the showgrounds on Sat morning to find lots of large limbs down and a wet sloppy warm up arena. They were still able to have the jumping and cross country, as planned, outside, but moved the dressage to the indoor.
This was Lex's first time to compete Beginner Novice - jumps at 2'6" and the Beg Novice Test a. Dressage was first - they are improving and she was happy with her score. They were 5th out of 9 at the end of dressage.
She had about 4 hours to wait for stadium jumping. She walked the jump course and the cross country with her trainer and a few other people. The stadium jumping is in the grass - no fence enlosing - and consists of 8 jumps. Lots of tight turns and strange lines. Cross country has 14 natural jumps - lots of logs, ditches, banks, barrels filled with flowers, tires, one water obstacle to go thru, and covers a lot of area. There are different directions that they can have to go. One jump in particular many people were a bit worried about - looked like a big wooden planter box with evergreen limps sticking up out of it.
Lex and Henny went to stadium jumping at their appointed time and Henny stopped at jump # 2 - never has he stopped at a jump on her. Lex turned him around, popped her on the but with her bat, and over they went! Henny also caught one rail and knocked it down - which is very unlike him. But they made it thru!
On to cross country - and I have to admit I was a bit of a worried mom - but did not let on to Lex. Off they went and we could not see them after the first jump - we stood and waited for them to come home - course is supposed to be done in 4 minutes. We saw them come cantering back and the smile on Lex's face said it all - she was loving it!
They were in 3rd after stadium and moved down to 4th after cross country. He did not miss or refuse anything on cross country - but they had an over time fault. I was so proud of Lex! She is WAY braver than her mom :)
Getting ready to head to staduim and cross country jumping
Waiting her turn to stadium jump
Warm up for jumping
After cross country
A sleepy Hennessy and a happy Alexis