|our test in a single picture|
|but when was one picture ever enough?!?|
|probably not worth the 8 we got, but ima take it!|
|boom. achievement unlocked|
This is officially our personal best ever score - beating out our first event at BN, same test and same venue. Apparently BN-B at Loch Moy is our sweet spot? Must be allllll that trotting haha.
|heading down to the ring!|
|not lovin my leg lately but the mare is cute!|
|defensive into a tight two stride|
Most riders got 8 strides in that final bending approach... but when we almost got there in 7 I kinda just didn't make a decision but leaned up the horse's neck anyway. No no, Emma! That is a recipe for disaster!! And it very nearly spelled the end of our day since I was pretty damn sure I was coming off. Isabel is a saint tho and still jumped it.
|pictured: how NOT to jump|
And not only did she jump, she jumped RAMROD STRAIGHT haha and stayed directly underneath my wayward self. Took a rail, sure, but it was undoubtedly a gift. So. Um. Thanks, mare, for saving my ass AGAIN.
|the face of someone who realizes exactly how lucky she just got|
And. Just like that, we were through stadium. The phase that has been causing me the most mental anguish lately.
I'm not entirely sure why - it's certainly the area where we get the most practice. But I think it boils down to just how influential I am in a stadium course. Out on xc, Isabel will read the jumps and make choices for herself. But in stadium, she really relies on me and will do exactly what I ask for better or worse.
It's not the worst problem in the world - it just gets hairy when I don't make a decision or commit to a distance. Fortunately tho, BN height (esp since it seemed set a little soft at this event?) is well enough in our comfort zone that we can recover from our oopsies moments without any major upsets (mostly haha).
I definitely need to fix a few elements in my ride tho, and got a pretty good idea of what, why and how in this event. Especially after cross country - details of which are coming up tomorrow!