So, with our double clear xc round Georgie and I went from 7th to 3rd. But here was the crazy thing. Someone had to tell me that. I never looked up my score. (Until someone told me, and then I was all “Really? Where did people have stops?”) And when someone came over to congratulate me I thanked them, but in my head I was all “It doesn’t matter. I still need to show jump. And show jumping is typically a game changer for me. For the worse.”
I decided to do things a little differently than I had in the past. For one thing, my course was set up, so I walked it twice by myself. I wanted to be able to think about it by myself and have some good questions for Sarah the next day. I also didn’t think about leaving like I usually do. With an 11 hour drive looming the next day, I usually stress about what time I’ll be leaving and when I’ll get home. But I told myself it didn’t matter when I left the next day, and I wasn’t going to be obsessed with getting all packed and ready to leave. I was going to stay calm and worry about stadium jumping.
Sarah and I had a good course walk and she helped me with my prepared questions. Most of them had to do with my corners and approach. The course looked pretty fun. Jump 4 was a 1 stride that was this adorable cabin that looked like it had been plucked from the woods we galloped in yesterday. There was a two stride at jump 8 and all the jumps were incredibly decorated and for a spooky horse it would probably be a nightmare. They kindly have Intro and Beginner Novice in another ring with plain clothed jumps.
Warm up went pretty well Except for the fact that going right I picked up the wrong lead every.single.time. We had this problem in xc warm up as well but I realized it. In stadium my brain shut off and I cantered around on the wrong lead. Trainer called me over and made me try again. Pretty sure I got the wrong lead one more time. And then corrected it. Just embarrassing all around.
So, our round. I have been working on SJ a lot and was hopeful I could ride at least half the course the way I wanted, without letting Georgie get behind the leg or totally on the forehand. We went in and I got Georgie in front of my leg. And on the wrong lead. Seriously?????? I didn’t even notice until Sarah told me after my round. Guess what? This will never, ever, happen again.
Georgie and I jumped around really pretty well. She didn’t jump 3 well.. But I am looking past that..
Here’s a video of half our round. Phone died mid way through.
We cruised around and it was going really well. No rails. After the two stride at jump 8, I forgot how quickly jump 9 came up. And I gave Georgie a really bad line to 9. And she hit the rail. The last jump on course. Argh!!!!!
Georgie was such a good girl and I was so proud of our round! Sarah was happy too. Except for the wrong lead incident. NEVER AGAIN.
Georgie and I stayed in third place despite the rail! We got a beautiful ribbon, a victory lap AND some swag!! A really nice Amigo stable sheet with purple trim (woot woot! it’s like they KNEW) and some Belvoir tack cleaner wipes. I have heard good things about these wipes!
It was a really nice feeling to have a positive SJ round. Lots to work on still, but now I am extra motivated to have a double clear round at Rebecca.
One of the best parts of the show was the camaraderie and fun our group had. We cheered each other on, helped each other get ready and made some silly videos which sadly I have already deleted. I’m lucky to event with such a great group of people!
So next up we have a milestone birthday, a clinic with Brian Sabo and then Rebecca Farm! And lots and lots of work to do.
Oh! And Haley and I tied once again. We both had a rail. I was SUPER proud of her round as well. But I had to buy my own bag of Starbursts. Which wasn’t that cool.