And, for your #failfriday, drumroll please... 1-3. Thanks again to Paul Wood for these amazing photos!
|Note the ears: if Connor's ears are not on me, he's not on my aids.|
|Well, um...this started well.|
|Just passed the judge for the first time, and he did not like it.|
|The classic pulling breed pose: tense throatlatch, strong underneck. He's flipping me the bird.|
|Usually one of our best movements...usually...|
|"You want me to canter AWAY from that scary tent? That I can do!"|
|Um, at least he's fancy when he's spooking?|
|No bonus points for knee action in Dressage, little buddy. Not sure if that was due to judge, mud or both. Spook happened right before this picture.|
|So cute, so tense.|
|What's hard to see is how far off the rail I had to ride to control him here.|
|He's cantering very strongly, and we have a simple change through the trot at X, and he was totally ignoring me, which leads to....|
|One more time, because I can't end on that downward transition picture.|
- I'm not disappointed by this ride.
- I learned a valuable lesson.
- I got some amazing pictures out of it, which is the point of my riding career at this stage I think.
- I changed my entry for the rated show to ride 1-3 both days to try and get a 60%.
- The rated show is at the Hoosier Horse Park, so hopefully we'll have less shenanigans...
- Our scores were still good enough to make us First Level Champions of the schooling show, and we should be getting mailed an award from that. We've never been champions of anything, so that's pretty cool!