Wow. What a week! I’m heading home and trying to process all that happened. I guess we start with dressage..
Georgie was a good girl, it definitely wasn’t out best ride, but it wasn’t bad. Warm up was in a small dressage arena with about 5-6 riders and in very non typical fashion I had to scream at a rider who almost ran into me twice. So it wasn’t exactly calm and relaxed, at least for me.
In the test our halts were bad. Our leg yields were ok. Our trot lengthens were fast and not lengthens. Our canter transitions rocked. During a canter lengthen what sounded like two gunshots went off. (It was the loudspeakers popping). Georgie handled it so well- she came above the vertical for two strides and then acted like nothing happened. I kept my composure as well and actually grinned and got back to work.
We were 10th after dressage which I thought was fair. I know we could do better so was happy we hadn’t placed lower in the pack.
Prior to dressage we had a jog out. Georgie has never been so clean and well groomed in her life. She hated it and was bored by the entire experience. It was fun to dress up and present her but also really stressful. She didn’t exactly want to trot forward and while I know she’s sound the vet doesn’t.
Georgie was accepted and we could get ready for dressage that afternoon. I was last to go in the entire 3Day division which was annoying but worked out ok because things weren’t as busy by the time I arrived (vet box and warm up) but it was tough to wait around all day and then ride.
So, more later on the rest of the competition but let’s just say xc was a BLAST and I now think everyone should do a traditional format event!