I was relieved to ride at 8 this morning in the thick cold misty fog.... only my horse was STILL overheating- yes he's THAT furry. Or, at least he WAS that furry, but more on that later.
We had more umph in our warm-up and generally he felt really good, I felt good and it was a normal happy early morning at a show with the sounds of snorting horses, tractors preparing arenas, and lively chatter among people congregating at the warm-ups. Our warm-up routine went well, he was uphill, infront of my leg and very light in my hand. We went to the showring and he started off that way and it was a case of felt so good I backed off. Grumble.... we completely missed our lead change to the left, however, it had redeeming moments like our med/ext canters and the subsequent transitions back to collected where he rocked back so well staying oh so light in front and our trot tour in general was as good as we have been accomplishing at home - earning mostly 7's. However, that darned change is double point value and he was anxious for the second change knowing we'd made a mistake on the prior one which caused it to jump together behind and not stay uphill.
As we watched for the scores, they came up for the 3rd test 1 class that went before and not a single score over the 60 mark and one down in the 40's! OUCH! I was a bit worried. Then they posted them. We won the class with a 62+, yet another qualifying score AND the only score in the class over 60 several percentage points ahead of 2nd place.
We mainly walked in our warm-up for the second test, riding some variations between straight ahead, shoulder-in, haunches-in and renvers a few walk pirouettes and rein-backs. He was more between my aids. The second test flowed so well. Everything was smooth. Nothing superbly grand, other than 8 on his medium walk. We got our changes, a bit 'jumpy' but correct for a pair of 6 and a 5, and a lot of 7's everywhere else.
It was a good test and I was happy. I knew it would be a better score than the prior ride, but wasn't sure how those coefficient marks would help/hurt us. When they scores came up, we had a 64.8 to win that class too!
Not a bad start to the next show season.... 3 of the 5 qualifying scores we need for the CDS championships (they must be 5 scores from 4 diff judges) and 1 of the 2 I need for the USDF Regional champs (must get one more from a diff. show) However, all our scores were in the qualifying range. YEAH! He's also met the requirement to show a freestyle. FUN FUN!
.... later on at home.....
I put him out in his field to graze for the afternoon. He happily rolled his sweaty self in the grass and munched away for a few hours. I went back out at one point to scrub the water trough and he would not leave me alone. He followed me back to the gate and longingly asked to come with me back to the barn. Since I had plans to body clip him tomorrow and he obviously wanted to hang out with me more, we went back to the barn and got a haircut. He didn't quite meet up with Edward Scissorhands, but since I had not body clipped a horse since before we moved here... uh.... about 6 yrs ago, my skill wasn't quite up to par. I'm certain he will be more comfortable though and since we have no more showing plans until Feb. the "looks" department should be okay. ;-)
Two wins and a good body clip... not a bad day.