Phoenix’s First USDF Show – Part 1

So as soon as the times came out for Phoenix’s first recognized show I was already a happy camper. Not only did the show manager post them a week ahead of time so I already had them before my first show of the year, but I was the only one doing both training 1 and training 2!! That meant that my shallow self was coming home with two blue ribbons. If there is a better way to start off showing recognized I don’t know it! I started to have my doubts about this show during the week though. The weather for Sunday was predicted to be record breaking heat and humidity. I am not a hot weather person, and Phoenix is not a hot weather horse.

I had a lesson on Saturday with PO in preparation for the show and after just 15 short minutes Phoenix was already to take a nap. By the time I was done braiding I was hot and not feeling well. I made sure to drink plenty of fluids and get tons of rest so Sunday morning I would be feeling all better. I always think it is so funny how much time and effort we all put into getting ready for horse shows. I spent hours preparing for two 5 minute tests! I left the Derby party early to give myself plenty of time, but like always it just seems that there are not enough hours in the day. It felt like I had just closed my eyes when my alarm went off on Sunday morning.

As you all know, I love to horse show  so I happily hoped out of bed and got ready to go. I keep my trailer at Gennyral’s barn so my first stop of the morning was to go there and get it. On the short 5 minute drive from one barn to the next I noticed that one of my trailer tires looked low. I keep a little car ready air compressor in my truck so I made a mental note to put air in once I got to Phoenix’s. As I pulled in the driveway I was already sweaty. It was just HOT out. I felt guilty that I made Phoenix sleep with a sleezy on, that is until I opened his stall door and saw that Phoenix took a nice nap on his poop, ruining the nice bath I had given him the day before.

As soon as the Young Rider showed up we hooked the air compressor to her car to fix my low tire. When I first turned it on I was shocked to see that my tire which normally has 50psi had fewer than 20. I didn’t give it a whole lot of thought and went back to trying to make Phoenix presentable. 5 minutes later the tire was still not at the desired level of pressure. Once Phoenix was all ready and the trailer was all packed I walked back over to the tire to see if it was full yet. Luckily, it was! I unhooked the air compressor and that was when I finally realized I had a problem. A big problem. You see, as I unhooked the air compressor all I heard was sssssshhhhhhhhhhhhh.

My tire was leaking air! The Young Rider and I stood there dumbfounded as we watch the tire go flat before our very eyes. I do have a spare, but I don’t know how to change a trailer tire. And not only that, my spare has been needing to be replaced for about 2 years now and I have just not gotten around to it, you see, it leaks air also. There is no way I was going to drive with a flat tire. That is the type of thing that can cause a trailer to whip around out of control on the highway. There is just no way to that this was safe. I assessed the situation and my first thought was to scratch from the show. I didn’t see any way around this really crappy situation.

To Be Continued…