Although Plantation had it's ups and downs, the stars alligned for us at Bucks County on June 19th, and it was all about the ups!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I chose to compete in a Prelim/Training division before making the full move up, and Scooby aced it!!!!! Everything was best case scenario! I have been working on the sitting trot with him for a long time and it has been a huge struggle. Scooby is the most difficult horse I have ever sat on. He is narrow and has A LOT of movement. I work without stirrups for about 10 minutes almost every day, and just keep plugging away at it. I still don't feel like we are totally in sync all of the time, but we are capable enough now to compete in the Preliminary tests. I was more stressed about my Dressage test than the jumping last Sunday!! Haha. Now thats's bad! I felt like the test went ok, but when we came out, Chris said we looked awesome! Btw, Chris does not lie to me to make me feel better about things! Hahaha. I also made it clear to him that I did not want to know my score until after I was completely finished for the day. I did not want to stomach a score in the 40's until I was done! Cross country was amazing and he breezed through all of the Preliminary questions! We picked up 9 time penalties, which I somewhat figured would happen even before I started the course. Bucks County is very difficult to make the time even at Training Level, so with the increased speed for Preliminary, I knew it would be very tough. They have a lot of combinations in a very condensed area. There really aren't any open galloping spots. My goal was to jump well and get as close to the time as I could, without jeopordizing his jumping ability. It went perfectly! About an hour later, we were off to our very first Preliminary Show Jumping course. My realistic goal was to hopefully not have a ton of rails!! All I can say is that I came out of the show jumping arena bawling my eyes and hugging my horse's neck! Not only did he jump the best he has ever jumped on a course, but he was one of only three horses to jump clean!!!! I was ecstatic!!!!!! He was literally tucking his knees to his ears!!!!! It was such a sense of pride knowing that all of the hard work is paying off, and that I am doing things correctly to improve our weaknesses. During all of my bawling, Chris dropped on me that we scored a 33 in Dressage and stood in fourth before Cross Country!!!!! I could not believe it! That is what we score at Training Level, and the Prelim test is much more complex. We also scored an 8 on our counter canter! Niceeeeee! Despite having the 9 time penalties on Cross Country, we moved up from 4th to 3rd after Show Jumping!!!!! We actually only missed 2nd by one penalty point. I could not believe it!!!! It was such an amazing day!! Hopefully we have many more of those!!! Here is a pic from BCHP! I loved this jump!
Hopefully next week I have more good news! The goal going into New Jersey Horse Trials is simple..... be safe, have fun, do our absolute best, and leave it all out there on cross country!
Btw, here are a few pics from Bermuda!!!! More to come!
|The view from our balcony!|
|Formal Night! (Allessandra, Brother Bear, Christopher and Sister Bear) Yes, my brother and I call each other brother and sister bear! We have done that since we were very young!! LOL|