I have more video than would be polite to post, but I'm going to work on sorting through it all and hopefully pulling out some highlights (and lowlights) of the whole week.
I'm pretty sure it can all be summed up that it started out rough (like, sandpaper on your face rough) but by Friday Prairie was acting exactly like she does at home and by Sunday we were even putting in rounds that surpassed my expectations for her in our home ring.
Pre-Green was.. frustrating at times. I don't think Prair was outclassed by the competition, but she was clearly the most tense and her placings reflected that. I will still argue that the Under Saddle class was pinned pretty terribly (we ended up 5th out of 7) though I don't think we were the only ones who ended up in the wrong spot.
To help work out some of the kinks, we ended up adding about a ga-zillion warm up rounds for S which in hind sight were totally worth it. Miles are miles, and Prair got plenty.
By Friday when I took over the ride, Prairie was a totally different horse. Still a little looky and wanting to build up steam during her courses but much, much more settled. We placed all over the board in both our Hunter and Eq divisions (literally smeared from 1st to last across our classes) but somehow everyone else was equally erratic so somehow the math put us as Champs in both divisions. Perhaps the fact that I had totally abandoned any hope of a tri-color sweetened the victory, but I'm pretty sure that in my shock I swore (loudly) in surprise at the very cute (very young) ribbon girl. I've got to work on that.
|Our unexpected loot|
All in all it was awesome. I'll get some pics and videos up shortly.
In the meantime, the mare is getting a few days off, CWD is coming out tomorrow to look at the saddle and all else is well in the pony-verse.