Wednesday, November 2, 2016

2ptober: And the Winner Is....

Happy November everyone! And happy completion to one of the most painful months of the year - 2ptober!!! (Second in degree of pain only to No Stirrups November - obviously lol).

Congratulations to all participants. Tracking your progress and watching you all steadily improve over this past month has been fun and inspiring! (Ahem, everyone save one rider...). 

By the end of the month you had, on average, TRIPLED the length of time you could hold your two point. That's huge guys, pat yourselves on the back!!! And take a good long look at the below charts, which show a clear trend to the right as the weeks wore on.

 
2ptober is that most perfect type of challenge where everyone wins (bc duh, becoming a stronger more secure rider is always a win!), but everyone kinda loses too lol. Because OUCH.

Y'all persevered tho. And among you, these riders deserve special recognition. The top finishers:


Longest Two Point Time: Top Five

Rider Blog Week 4
First Place: Sarah Three Chestnuts 35:16
Runner Up: L. Williams Viva Carlos 28:30
Alli PONY'TUDE 18:21
LoveLaughRide Grain Before Groceries 17:21
(Liz Stout) (In Omnia Paratus) (13:37)
Lindsey Redheadlins 10:08


Sarah of Three Chestnuts shot into the lead early in this competition and held onto it in no uncertain terms. It's almost like she woke up one early October morning and decided: "I am going to own the 2016 Two Point Challenge." Get it girl! Three cheers for Three Chestnuts!

And of course L. Williams of Viva Carlos, the heretofore host of this annual contest, gave us a fantastic demonstration in why she loves practicing her two point: Because she's damn good at it. And take note, y'all - L laid down those times while catch riding and on the occasional lesson horse. Nice job!! Congrats on claiming top honors in your first year eligible for a prize!

Alli, LoveLaughRide, and Lindsey round out the Longest Time Top 5 - congrats everyone!

(Since contest rules stipulate one title per contestant, Liz Stout's Top 5 title is abdicated in favor of her higher placing in the below Most Improved category)


Most Improved Two Point Time: Top Five

Rider Blog Total Improvement
(Sarah) (Three Chestnuts) (6,412%)
First Place: Liz Stout In Omnia Paratus 1,048%
(L. Williams) (Viva Carlos) (971%)
Runner Up: Olivia DIY Horse Ownership 959%
Megan Howling Owl Farm 940%
Amanda Bel Joeur 664%
outofashes One Bud Wiser 560%


Liz Stout of In Omnia Paratus put the pedal to the proverbial metal in Week 3, holding her two point position for more than 10x as long as her baseline. That's the kind of grit and determination we expect to see from a rider who finished her first 100 miler this summer - congrats girl!!

And Olivia of DIY Horse Ownership rode through darkness and rain just to log that final two point time after a month of being kept busy and away from the horse mule. It was totally worth it tho, Olivia - that final massive improvement from your baseline rocketed you all the way up to the podium! Way to make it happen!

Megan, Amanda and outofashes round out the Most Improved Top 5 - nice job!

(Since contest rules stipulate one title per contestant, Sarah and L. William's titles here are abdicated in favor of their higher placing in the above Longest Time category)

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Sarah, L. Williams, Liz Stout and Olivia - please send me an email at fraidycat {dot} eventing at gmail to claim your prizes from our fantastic sponsors!

 
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And because let's be real, who among us doesn't love satin?!?, We created some virtual satin for all participants. Right click on your corresponding ribbon below to save it and upload as a badge to your blog's sidebar!




And. Lastly. Ahem. Let's all have a small moment of public shaming for Lindsey, who was apparently too busy with finalizing preparations, traveling, and ultimately competing in the 2016 Retired Racehorse Project to bother with logging any two point time after her baseline. Boooo Lindsey!! ;P



Seriously tho, everyone - congrats again on a great month and thanks for participating in the contest!

35 comments:

  1. Congrats to everyone!!!! And I love the "shaming"....that picture is awesome!

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    1. Ha I should have noted it in the post but that pic is thanks to meme genius Aimee lol

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    1. i'm pretty impressed by everyone's performance :D

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  3. Oh shit! Totally unanticipated awesomeness.

    Glad my suffering wasn't for naught. Stan is grateful, too, as he had to overhear me saying very choice words to the world as I gritted that out lol. He gets to enjoy the prizes before the other two for being a saint.

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    1. ha 2pt suffering is NEVER for naught!! but yes - congrats, you and Stan win a prize!! :D

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  4. Congrats everyone! Dying over that meme, Aimee is a genius!

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    1. ha right? tho i should point out also that i'm about 98% positive that the original photoshop in that pic was done by local-to-me erstwhile blogger Niamh. it obviously had to be resurrected for such lofty purposes as 2ptober shaming!!

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    2. Yes, full credit to Niamh for the photo. I just used an app to slap some words on it.

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    3. "i just use an app" -->> so humble lol. last i checked, apps require human assistance for maximum hilarity lol

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  5. Emma thank you for being the hostess with the mostest! Fear of public shaming definitely motivated me to practice my 2-point more frequently. Congrats to all the top finishers - Advil and wine for everyone!

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    1. yay advil and wine!! and thanks for participating!!! :D

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  6. Woohoo! Awesome results, everyone! And very well done on the hosting - I really enjoyed the regular statistical analysis.

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    1. yay thanks! and thanks for participating, congrats on the Top 5 placing!

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  7. Great job everyone! Thanks for being an awesome host Emma! Next year I will not be broken

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    1. thanks for participating, and major kudos for logging another time after your fall! glad you're better and yes, please no more head injuries!!!!

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  8. Congrats to all the winners! Thanks for hosting :)

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  9. I never take part (Kind of hard for a strictly western rider to do, haha) but man,congratulations guys! I can't imagine so much 2point, LOL.
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    1. ha yea it's definitely a lot! makes me sore just thinking about how long some of these riders went

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  10. Thanks to you and Megan for both taking over hosting this event!

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    1. congrats on your win and thanks again for participating (and handing over the reins!)

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  11. Awesome everyone! Thanks Emma for hosting the contest, it was fun to be accountable for it this year :) Awesome shaming pic too, two thumbs up.

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    1. ha yay glad you like it! and nice job this year - you guys killed it too!!

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  12. Thank you so much for hosting! I'm ready to retire from 2 pointing for the time being though I'm sure Batts is game to continue, especially if it means more work for me and less work for him...

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    1. wooo congrats on the win! i don't doubt in the slightest that you're tired of it now haha. totes worth it tho i hope :)

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  13. Wow. Thanks for the kick in the butt. I'm really surprised my time won me anything, but now I'm extra glad I got out there... even if I did get soaked.

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    1. haha the soaking was a small price to pay, right? congrats again!!! :D

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  14. Yay top 5!! Thanks for hosting and the weekly updates. That helped a ton!!

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  15. Congrats to everyone, I have loved following along (in between feeling lazy/guilty for not participating lol)

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  16. Hahaha just found my public shaming, love it! Congrats everyone!

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