First Academy Show – Not So Great, Actually

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Bronchitis, horse shows, and 17 degree weather don’t make for a good mix.   Needless to say, the first show of the academy season won’t go down as one of my favorites.

Friday night, I rode Harley for the first time in a few weeks.  It was a rough ride, to say the least.  We walked/trotted/cantered, and then tried to do the serpentine pattern.  That was ugly.  Couldn’t even post the first two times I tried it.  Finally started getting it down, but I still wasn’t feeling good about doing it in public.

Yesterday morning, I headed to the new show location a little early.  Too early, actually.   I wasn’t sure where it was, or how long it would take to get there. I was in the first two classes and didn’t want to miss them.  Instead, I was first person there, and all of the horses were late.  For both of the other barns.  Now I know not to leave so early.

I helped get the three horses off the trailer, and then started getting Harley ready.  He was perfect in the warm up, but I had a terrible time getting him to stay in the canter during the classes.  Both directions.  The pattern class was last, with rail work and then the pattern.  I didn’t feel that I made any mistakes during this, but couldn’t keep him moving at a consistent speed during the pattern. 

Laurie managed to spill a cup of hot chocolate on Zoe’s riding pants, and then dumped a cup of coffee on a horse cooler.  We need a new rule whenever she’s around – no  beverages for you!  Usually she just spills on herself, though.

I liked the new location, and I liked that there are fewer classes.  There were about 4 turbo heaters going, so it wasn’t uncomfortably cold.

Next time I want to take Nyk.  I already mentioned this and was told that we would.  I want to see what he’s like at an academy show before taking him to a big one. 

I was pretty tired by the time I got home at noon.  We went to Mexico Lindo for lunch, and I spent most of the rest of the day napping – don’t want to be sick on vacation!

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