|out of the start box!|
|friendly log to start|
|isabel knows the drill|
|little house for fence 2. please excuse my defensive stance and recall we had smashed through a stadium fence in very recent memory...|
|lazy over the ramp|
(also, is it just my imagination or has my position slid from "more or less good 'nuff" to... whatever that is ever since the K&M entered our lives?)
|blue produce stand caused some trepidation last year. pretty sure either would be fine now|
Also - I spent much of my walk checking out the novice fences too. Truth be told, we should be going novice right now. And I am seriously seriously annoyed with myself for slipping so much in my riding. Ugh.
|legitimate up bank combo for all three levels (with log option on left)|
Also - I also realized after uploading all of these pictures that I could have interspersed more novice fences into my course (or instead of the BN fences) without fear of elimination since... well, you know.
See, I'm a big fan of mixing schooling opportunities into my actual assigned course. For instance, I wanted to try the above shorter route to the roll top for N instead of the longer bend to the coop for BN. But since all the lines were flagged AB I wouldn't have made it over the novice B element without crossing my path on the way back to the BN B element thus garnering 20 penalty points, so it got nixed from the plan.
|friendly little coop|
|can you pinpoint the exact moment i lost my helmet cover?|
Oh well. I'm cool with it as it was. Would have been nice to jump some of the bigger fences but I'm always happy to walk away from an outing wishing we had done more, rather than the alternative.
|this red table scared me to death last year. this year? n looks totes doable|
Then another little gallop to some fences set in maybe the muckiest wettest area on course. The big red tables from last year. Somehow they look much smaller now tho. Still very wide, sure, but still very inviting.
|she doesn't exactly make it look small, but she does make it look easy. meanwhile can we just pretend that i'm doing my best pdutty impression?|
|we've seen this before|
|long straight-aways for both bn and n, lasting three jumps each|
|roll top schmoll top|
|chunky, yes, but pretty inviting trakehner|
|that novice oxer looks WAY more doable than others i've seen at this venue|
|oddly enough, this novice fence 11 was removed by the time i made it on course. notice the water right upon landing|
|bn had an easy in, no out. novice and intro both had outs tho|
|this. we shall school this. i will finally do good by my plans to make the water count|
Isabel was a little surprised at my insistence that we trot on and try to canter through the water, since I usually let her meander and dawdle, but she was a good girl and moved right on up. Score 1 for schooling!!
|surprisingly steep downhill in a forward 6 strides to the ditch (filled with water, natch)|
But I expected Isabel to be totally fine. And she was. Marched right on down and skipped over the ditch like nbd. Yassssss!
|lookie here, it's another coop!|
|might have preferred this to the bn version...|
|never actually tried one of these before|
That the bump on the hill was shared with Intro. For whatever reason we've never schooled this style jump before so I wasn't totally sure what to expect and was maybe a little nervous.
|bumps on a hill are apparently easy|
|same cute train to finish as last year|
Then one last short gallop stretch to the Fair Hill train!
|fierce through the finish flags|
And call it a cop out if you want, but I'm beginning to question how well this K&M saddle is working for us - and it certainly doesn't appear to be doing much for me position-wise compared to the Bates. Is it possible that my weaker and less secure position is contributing to our current woes? Hard to tell. I feel an experiment coming on...
ANYWAY. This helmet cam video is honestly one of my favorites so far to watch - Isabel just manages everything so well and the course was super fun. I hope you enjoy it too!
Hopefully we'll be able to get a similar feeling at our next outing in two weeks - still at BN bc no rational person can justify moving up after an elimination ugh. And I obviously need to fix my stadium demons.
We'll see what happens, esp as I have a few new plans of attack.