I didn't get up to the show for Windsy's first day of Low Hunter rounds. The plan was to show him in a 3' round, which was in the ring the Pre-Greens (and my divisions) would run in, as well as a 3'3" round in a different ring, but to see how the height felt.
Apparently in his first 3' round, Winds jumped the crap out of fence one - and was cantering boldly down to fence two when he slammed on the brakes for no apparent reason. He jumped the rest of the course fine - but the stop was out of character so a second round at 3' was added.
He must have jumped around nicely, because he pulled down a 2nd place in a big, open class.
Then he moved over to the other ring (where we wouldn't be showing) to pop around at 3'3" and laid down a nice trip, but swapped off his lead while he looked at something outside the ring, which kept him out of the ribbons in the 45 horse class.
I zoomed up to the show grounds early on Wednesday so I would be sure to catch his trips. Which I did - but I forgot my camera. So... that sorta sucked.
|But it looked like this|
Our barn had two horses showing in the 3'3" PGs so I actually got to see a majority of the division go which was educational, and a bit intimidating as I watched lovely round, after lovely round go by.
I had to remind myself that lots of these barns put in at least half a circuit at Thermal and have had 3-4 weeks of additional shows since then. Where as we had two lovely weeks in CA, but those were instead of our "normal" spring shows, not really a pre-season warmup...
But, both our horses were lovely and Windsy managed a 2nd and 3rd, while our barnmate won the second class.
Then I got dressed so I would be ready for the Under Saddle, which is about when I remembered that in Canada they jog the Pre-Greens. I have literally not spent one minute working with Winds in hand, so I wasn't too sure how it would go. He was baffled as to why we were jogging back into the ring, but he was a decent sport, if a bit lazy.
The Under Saddle was uneventful - as they tend to be. But I managed to nearly pick up the wrong lead to the left and spent about 6 strides trying to re organize and strike off. Either the judge didn't see us - or he didn't care, because we managed a 5th in a class where I was pretty sure we wouldn't ribbon (why do they only ribbon to 6th up here?).
Winds then decided to eat his bandages overnight, which led to a very grumpy purchase of new wraps as well as a Likit holder so that he could amuse himself with something more appropriate. He made his way through nearly the entire thing before his classes in the afternoon - but all wraps were left intact so I consider it a worthwhile investment.
The temp also dropped a ton overnight and even through the monsoon's hadn't set in yet, I was literally wearing every layer I had packed in an attempt to stay warm.
|also coffee. all the coffee.|
Everyone was squishing in 10. So it was disappointing when in the second round, N laid down a gorgeous trip and a beautiful 9 in the bending, only to have a rail dropped in the judge's line (dang it!).
I didn't even notice the rail while I was filming, so I was totally confused when they announced a score of 46. Dropped us out of ribbons in that class, and meant that we missed champion by 3 points. I'd be more disappointed if I wasn't so freaking thrilled with how Windsy jumped.
We were presented with our (absurdly large) ribbon for Reserve and took all the prom pictures we could.
|This ribbon is legit taller than my toddler.|
I think we'll probably hold him in the 3'3" PGs for the rest of the season. No real reason to move up and I think he can get some great mileage in the ring without beating up his legs too much.
As the rain set in I was getting extremely excited about stepping back into the ring myself and Friday would bring my Eq division with two rounds over fences and a flat.....