|6am - Schooling of horses|
After Nationals, I drove down to the barn to get the horses ready to go to the BEST horse show. The horses were leaving earlier than normal (at 2pm) on Friday so that we could school a couple horses. One of the young horses that I help out with (he is just 5) needed to be schooled as it was his first show since last season (August) and he can be quite a handful. We wanted to make sure that he had time to settle and school well before he and his rider showed on Saturday. So I hoped on him and schooled him around both rings. He was great! A little distracted about the ring when flatting, but once we started jumping he focused well and jumped around both rings very well. I then helped one of our other riders school her horse too. Her horse is normally very quite, but there was a giant flock of geese outside of the ring that he was spooking at so we did a lot of serpentine, circle, and transition work to get him focused on his job. Once he was settled, she jumped him around and ended really well.
Saturday went great for both Ronin and I and the whole barn. I first rode the young horse in one division to make sure he went well as he can sometimes go 'green' when he goes in his first class. He got good ribbons in his classes and went very well. We only had 6 riders at this show (small for our barn), but we swept each division; we had Champion and Reserve (where we had two compete)! Great day for the barn. Then it was my turn to show and Ronin was super. We were second and first in the fences class and fourth on the flat. I was very happy with how he went and we were Champion in the division out of 8! There was only one other adult, so we were combined with the Children's Hunters, so the class was a decent size. Then the medal class, which originally only had 3 in it (needs 4 to go) was originally going to be cancelled, then another rider filled it. So the class went and we were second. The judge said that she had a really hard time judging the class as we were all good and even tested us the second direction on the flat by having us drop our stirrups. Good thing I've been practicing for IHSA :)
|Ronin very pleased with himself|
The next day didn't go as well as the first as Ronin was quite tired. In hindsight, I will never do that many classes again. It is too many and not fair (I don't understand how people can do 2-3 divisions at every show!). He was still good, but tired. We were third, second, and third (two fences and an under saddle class).
Thankfully, Ronin has a nice break before the next show. He doesn't show until June 14-15 at BEST. However, this weekend, my husband and I are heading up to NYC for him to run the Brooklyn Half Marathon on Saturday and for me to compete at Centenary College at the IHSA Alumni Tournament of Champions! I am very excited for this and can't wait :)