I would like to officially exorcise my stadium jumping demons. In the past I have made comments like “I hate stadium jumping.” “I don’t feel comfortable stadium jumping.” And other stupid crap that I need to let go.
Because here’s the thing. In both my rounds at Inavale and Rebecca I found myself thinking “This is kind of fun.” WHILE I was doing it. What the what?
While neither round was perfect, they weren’t bad or scary either. I have realized Georgie needs a near perfect ride in order to not hit rails. At Rebecca, we had two rails. And the first thing I said to my trainer as I came out of the ring was “I know exactly what I did wrong!” And I was weirdly excited about that knowledge.
At jump 7 A/B I didn’t think about my position through the two stride. I moved a bit and didn’t keep consistent contact. At jump 9A/B Georgie was well on the forehand and I didn’t bring her up prior to approaching the jump. And isn’t knowledge half the battle?
While it is a bit annoying that Georgie isn’t tidy with her feet, I will take a competent/relaxed dressage horse and cross country machine over a tidy SJ horse any day. Sure, I will have to continue to work hard and really get good at SJ, but that’s ok.
While there were lots of rails in the entire division, having two dropped us from 2nd to 6th. I was bummed for a moment (mainly because there were cash prizes for top three competitors) but I was weirdly ok with 6th. In a tough division of 25, not being in the middle of the pack was a huge feat. And while it would have been lovely to have had a clear round, Georgie and I have only done that once, in our 3 years together. But now, we are actually a team out there. Our rides are so much better! So, that seems like a bigger victory to me.
In case you’d like to watch the video:
Georgie and I still got a big fat ribbon and to participate in the victory gallop, so it was all good.
By the end of the weekend I was exhausted. But so happy to have been able to spend so much time with my two favorite four legged companions as well as my incredible two legged friends. Also, check out that beautiful Dark Jewel Designs browband. I had one for SJ and one for dressage and I am in LOVE with them!! That will be another post…
I’ve been holding out for this show, and seeing how it went, to make it blog official that Georgie and I are hopefully making the move up to Prelim next spring. She’s ready, but I want to make sure we’re equally ready as a team. I’ve asked my trainer to give her her first ride at Prelim so she can have a safe, confidence building ride. She plans on taking her to an event in October, and I am SO excited. Then, hopefully, if I keep working hard, Georgie and I will tackle Prelim together in May. This is a HUGE move up for me and I am taking it incredibly seriously. If I do anything to injure this incredible horse I’ll never forgive myself, so I want to not only “be able” to go Prelim, but to be a competent, capable pair from the get go. So, lots of excitement and LOTS to work on!