Friday, April 11, 2014

No Interwebs

It's a painful painful thing to have no internet! Things have been happening that I don't even know about! Still in this brief window of internet I will catch you all up. So last weekend was the Northern Hawkes Bay Autumn event, run over two days. Now I did enter the Pre-Novice which was a big step up from the Training. It's set up at 1.05m and they can go up to 1.25m with the brush. Which is scary being that my horse doesn't brush.

The dressage was an improvement for him. He warmed up so perfectly (Had a dressage weekend last week) but of course I lost the rhythm and swing some once I got into the arena. He didn't break as often and I lost silly marks not riding accurately so I got a 47 which is pretty bad, luckily the judge marked everyone hard. Well apart from the good tests but that is fair enough.

Then we showjumped and he was of course perfect to showjump. Even the judge said it was a lovely round, just like a big rocking horse. So I was 23rd after the dressage out of 27 which isn't ideal and moved up to 20th after a clear showjumping. The XC was very very large. Actually the first two fences were ok but the third fence was a huge oxer/couch hedge. Freaked me out! He came round and I sort of felt him go really? and I was like yes and he was like ok lets do this. It felt like we spent about three days in the air, the brush would have been 1.20m high and about 1.50m wide and he made sure he didn't touch a leaf.

Then it was two sort of narrow houses set on a showjumping five strides and I jumped in and collected him and I was like come on and my distance was there and boom, easy peasy.  Two straight forward fences and then it was a jump to a uphill climb to a hanging log with a very steep landing. I kept the power on and he popped over. The landing was so steep I got that stomach dropping feeling. He had a bit of a bounce, I think it came as a bit of a surprise to him. Then it was smooth sailing until the sunken road. This was a drop and then jumped out and up again two strides to an arrow head with brush that would have been 1.20m again. Luckily I was given some advice that you have to get your two strides in the bottom of the sunken road or you wont get the ride out. So I landed and rode on for the two strides, got my jump up and was like come one pony! Help your Mumma and he just flew over it. He had a wee bobble jumping into the water jump, where he just hesitated a little but seeing as its third water jump in competition thats fine.

The only other really big question was a very skinny upright in the middle of an empty space and he sort of wanted to go around but I kept my leg on and used my laser eyes and he jumped over perfectly. The final fence was a double jumping across a lane way with some overhanging trees. He jumped it perfectly but ducked under the trees which cracked me up. It had rained really hard just before the start so the ground was really greasy just before my class. I had gone in with the mentality that I wouldn't push for time, but with the rain some more economical lines I had walked got dropped. I just let him roll around in his rhythm which meant I had 16 time faults to add. Which is a lot. Like 40 seconds to make up, but I could have to be fair because I never opened him up on the straights and he finished with heaps tank in the gas.

He was an absolute rockstar and the most confident and perfect XC horse ever. Now I just need to get into this dressage thing sorted out.

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