My ride time did not end up being at 7:30AM for the first ride time this morning, but at 8:49AM – a perfect time for both Val and me! We were in a rush this morning as I had a hard time pulling myself from my comfortable bed and as such grooming and braiding ran into tacking up which ate into my warm up and make me a little frantic. Sometimes it is better for me to be frantic though and not sitting around being worried. After a nice long walk to the stadium we put in a super nice warm up before our ride.
The test itself really passed in a blur but I could not be happier with it. Val and I just needed to go into “show mode” and get out in a cut throat warm up situation to calm ourselves down. He really settled into the work today and pulled on his big-boy pants. He finally was in a connection which allowed me to ride him in a correct way which was very exciting to feel after two days of not-so-great rides. When I ride tests the world just fades away into white noise which is a funny feeling after you do the final halt and come back to life. My most memorable moment today had to be resurfacing to listen to the announcer call out me and my horse and looking up on the Jumbo-tron to see our names and scores posted!
Our score actually came up a bit, that was provisional, to a 65.6%. At the time it was the top score and put me in first place, but it didn’t hold for the entire day and I wasn’t expecting it too. We ended up 8th overall for the day and 4th out of the US riders in the NAJ Championships. It was a good solid score and I am very happy with it as a warm-up test; now I am ready to go kick some but in the Individual Test which is taking place on Friday.
So what about the Team, and where did we end up you say?
Funny you should ask – Region 3/4 Junior Team ended up as the Bronze medalists of the day!
I ended up pulling the high score for the team followed by Clare Krska, the Dressage Seat Medal Champion and our Region 4 rider, and then Rebecca Cohen. It was a good solid team but took a lot of effort on all our parts – the competition was fierce and the quality of horses was superb!
My first ever press release can be seen here if you are interested: http://www.dressage-news.com/?p=7400
It was a fantastic day with ribbons and medals and great rides all around. I cannot wait for tomorrow!