|smile for the camera!|
And by the way, B and Wick had a GREAT day - setting another personal record in the dressage court and cruising through the jumping like nbd. In fact, Wick looked for all the world like he wanted to go for a second xc loop after he finished - he wasn't ready to be done yet! Good boy :)
|the warm up ring was a touch busy...|
|i love all the fall colors in these pics too!|
|so much to like about this pic. engaged and connected, but alas, a bit btv. a theme for the day.|
|i love her trot!|
|'zomg go fast flick alll the tooooesssss' - isabel|
|is it just me or does she have the best tail ever?|
|i'm very slowly learning to sit up better|
|mare maybe resentfully acquiesces to cantering normally instead of kicking out again|
|ahhhh, but she does like to turn it on for the judge!|
|does this count as inside bend? (also that's the xc start gate behind us)|
|at least she's very focused|
|i'm kinda almost sorta sitting - progress!|
|freeeeeeeeeee walk ftw!!!|
|oops, wait, spoke too soon lolz|
|pretty sure this does *not* count as inside bend lol|
|halt, salute, and briefly consider swinging that haunch out|
I didn't get my test until the end of the day (we only had an hour between dressage and jumping) and was a bit surprised by the score - a 33.8 seems generous. And it's a sea of 6s and 7s, not really what I was expecting! Of course the true story here is that this fairly respectable score put us in 11th so... yea the judge was a little charitable haha. The first place score was around a 20, I believe.
So.... I could end now and break this show into individual posts for each phase.... but eh whatever. Marathon post it is. Hope you're not tired of looking at pictures of Isabel yet!!
|how could you not love that face?!?|
|wheeeeeeeee warm up!!!|
|flying over the warm up oxer. what a horse!|
|mare looks ready, no?|
|how pretty is this ivy oxer?|
|balancing for the long straight approach to a diagonal. one of the ones we *didn't* demolish lol|
|made it ok over the in oxer. did not make it out quite so well tho, womp womp|
The outside (yellow) line seemed to be riding in a 7-8, tho one soul fit in 9. I expected to get 8, especially after a particularly tardy simple lead change, but didn't really balance soon enough and Izzy took the rail with her front legs. The 8 really should have been fine - it was a good plan, just poor execution.
|buried mare finally decides she's done knocking shit down (after 3 rails) despite my shenanigans|
|we NAILED the in and out tho|
|boom. two strides and out. easy peasy! (also note the knocked rails in the foreground)|
Seriously tho I don't think it was a terrible round. It's the same mistakes I always make (ie, burying the mare by trying to squeeze in one last step) but I was actually really impressed by Isabel's sense of humor and handiness. I was riding really tight and put her in quite a few awkward spots and she figured out how to get over anyway. Good mare!
And in a twisted way, I actually felt way more relaxed leaving the ring and heading out to cross country. At that point I hadn't yet seen the dressage score, but felt pretty sure it wouldn't be competitive. Add on another 12 penalty points, and... yea haha we were NOT hunting for ribbons. So it actually alleviated some of my tension and stress - we could just get out on cross country and take it as it came. One jump at a time. Stay tuned for the recap tomorrow!