Academy rider trotting into class
Laurie and Rachel crashed in my room last night, and they didn't get there until after midnight. I woke up, thinking that they weren't coming, and was going to throw the deadbolt. That's when I saw the glare of a cell phone. It was Rachel, who didn't want to stay in the trailer with M & D because they were really bummed out about Woody. She was so funny, because I think she thought I would be upset that she came with Laurie. I laughed at her and told her to turn a light on so she could get her stuff out of her bag. Laurie was in the shower, and I didn't even hear them enter the room!
They left like ghosts at 5:30 the next morning, and even though Laurie's cell phone woke me up, I soon drifted back to sleep. When my alarm went off at 6:00, I was surprised to see that they had left. I didn't hear them exiting the room, either.
My first driving class was the eighth one in, so I got dressed at the hotel and went over in my dress. And my riding boots, my hose safe from runs with a pair of white socks. I looked so classy!
Our first class had two entries. I wasn't aware that there was a pace change at the trot until I was on the track warming her up. D told me to slow down for the first trot, and then ask for more when they called for the extended trot. I couldn't get her to walk to save my life!
Once we trotted into the ring, I had trouble keeping her head straight. We totally blew the walk both directions, but D said that she was bridled better the second way. The winning horse wins all the time, so I didn't think I had much of a chance my first time out driving. Next year will be another story!
As we trotted past the in gate, D yelled at me to keep my knees together! Damn these stupid dresses! I might have been earning points had the judge been a male, but of course she was a woman. Now he keeps teasing me about flashing. It's not that kind of horse show! Ya, whatever. You don't have to wear a retarded dress to sit at the pooping end of a horse!
After waiting around for my second class, I started getting a teeny bit nervous. There were three horses in the next class. After we trotted in, I wasn't nervous anymore, because I was concentrating so hard on keeping Blondie bridled and her head straight. we did a lot better, but we were third out of three. I need to lean back on the reins and keep better contact on the bit to get her head set better. I can hardly wait to try again tomorrow! D even said that he would have placed me 2nd, but he's a little biased.
D mentioned that he's going back to the farm tonight and picking up another horse so I can drive it in the Fine Harness class tomorrow. Because the buggy is higher off the ground, he also told me to wear pants. He asked if I had my driving suit, which I do, and I can wear that tomorrow to drive both horses. Ha!!! M won't like it, but I sure do!
I'm really happy with my first outing driving. It's really fun, and I don't have to worry about canter leads!! Oh, and they just announced over the p.a. that Blondie and I won a free oil change!! I don't know why; I missed that part. I'll have to go to the office to find out why.
Oil Change Update - It was a random drawing, and I gave the coupon to Suzie. It was for a place in Okemos! Like I'm there all the time...