IDS Schooling Show: 1-3

To be honest, I almost scratched 1-3.  Our ride times were 1:10 and 2:15pm on a day so hot they issued a heat advisory, Connor was tired and there's a cross-country course worth of canter in 1-3, and we had never ridden it before.  Like, never.

But then my friend Liz mumbled "something something year end awards if you ride 1-3" and I stuck it out.  I needed to, anyway: it was our last chance to tackle the more challenging 1-3 test at a non-rated show.

Thanks again to Connor's breeder, Lisa Brezina, for all these photos!

This test was, predictably, flat.  I barely warmed him up for it, given the heat and tiredness and just having finished 1-2 45 minutes before, and that was a good decision.  He came straight out ready to roll.  But I was tired, my new position was flagging, and I was also afraid to take too much contact given the lack of hind end push I was getting.

Sitting like a lump, very helpful to my tired horse, I'm sure.
One thing I was convinced was going to go badly was the 10m trot circle at R/halt sideways to the judge at X, 10m trot circle at P sequence, because again, never rode it before, and I didn't think I was going to get a square halt.  Turns out being convinced it's going to go badly = lots of preparation = a solid halt:



Overall though, it made a good impression on the judge.  I left my score sheet at the barn as I type this, so no rundown, but we ended up with a 69% and another blue ribbon.  This was under a different judge, and he broke twice in the 2nd canter shallow loop.  The left is his weaker direction, and of course left is the second canter direction, so I knew going in it would be hard to keep him together for it.

Look at his face, he's like "...this canter has to end sometime, right?"
Despite being tired and occasionally making tired faces toward the end of the test, multiple people said he looked happy to be out there in the second test.  His breeder told me that after the test, and on the video you can hear my completely non-horsey roommate Mark comment that he looks happy.  I really think they're right.

These pictures aren't in chronological order.  This picture is still from the first direction, before he realized the canter never ends in 1-3.

He doesn't need to be able to just canter for a long period of time, he can do that.  He needs to be able to canter well for a long period of time.  So between now and our first rated show, we're going to ramp up the canter work, increasing both of our strength and abilities to hold our new positions, because this is what happens when we get tired:

I'm learning forward, not sitting, he's leaning forward, not sitting.

Tired...
To wrap this up, I leave you with this epic splat of a downward transition.  I didn't know his front legs could go that wide.


Oh and also, a video, with even more commentary this time:


23 comments:

  1. Congratulations on a good showing! It's hard to be motivated with the heat. I love that trot photo just before the 'splat' photo (which made me giggle) - his hind leg is nicely engaged and you have elevation!

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    1. Thanks! We are definitely getting some air time now that my position is better. It honestly may have been more my flagging position than his tiredness that did us in - he's balanced and pushing there, but I'm not asking him for anything more.

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  2. Nice score for a test you weren't incredibly happy with! The splat photo is priceless!

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    1. Thanks! Hope that wasn't a schooling show gimme score, we'll find out in a few weeks, lol.

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  3. Holy moley look at the splits!

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    1. Right?! That's more of his chest than I think I've ever seen.

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  4. Glad you stuck it out and competed 1-3 - great job! His canter is looking so nice!

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  5. That down transition picture is amazing.

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    1. Haha yeah, I've been waiting eight days to share that with you guys. It's like the hind legs are still cantering but the fronts are doing the splits?

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  6. It's good to feel the edge of your endurance sometimes I think

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    1. Definitely. It's a different kind of endurance from XC, too.

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  7. That downward transition is epic. We should start a club!

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    1. Lol. That's a blog post. "Bad Downward Transitions from Bloggers". I volunteer this one!

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  8. ;-) I'd be thrilled if my bad days were 69s. You guys look great!

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    1. Believe me, I am not complaining! I do wonder if I'm going to get shellacked when I show rated though, and whether these are cupcake scores or actually legitimate. They're from L judges, so here's hoping? Maybe?

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  9. You guys are amazing! To pull off that sort of test with that score in that condition is amazing :)

    Oh and the splat picture is amazing!

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  10. What a great score. Love the splat photo. He's such a cutie.

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