It was a gorgeous day...warm, sunny...sure did not seem like November in Indiana! I need not have worried about numb toes and fingers.
Training Level was first for us. First halt was better than we normally achieve at CAF - the past few times competing there, Riva would barely stop. Although we started well, we just could not get on the same page. Our canter work is still in the developing stages so that was a challenge for us. Our circles were more like small footballs and not the prettiest, but time and practice will rectify this!
In Training 1, you begin the canter in the second half of a circle at A then contine cantering down the long side to a semi-circle from B-E or E-B. On the right lead canter, Riva dropped out of canter on the long side and I could not get it back for the semi-circle. Right lead is our weakest and we have much to work on over the winter.
We earned a 57.292 and a blue (we were the only competitors in Training Level Test 1 for Novice Horse). While this was not my lowest score ever, I still expected more and was disappointed in myself. I did not get the on the bit work that we have been achieving, but she was steady in both tests. Riva received 7's for her gaits in both tests and I got 7's for rider position.
Intro C was an improvement. I felt more confident and tried to ride every movement, prepare for each move, and show that I was physically trying to push Riva out on her circles to get the correct shape. The judge spoke a bit with me afterwards and said she could see I was making a real effort and my score improved - 62.25 and another blue (this time there were 3 in my class).
I am glad we went - I really like showing, everything about it. And every show is a learning experience for Riva and myself. We competed in 8 shows this year, showing Intro B, C, and Training Level Test 1. This show was my first time to compete in two tests in the same day.
I could not do it without my husband and daughter - thank you both for supporting, encouraging, and cheering me on!
Need to get someone to take over the camera for my husband so you all can see him!