So after two successful horse shows my trainer and I were talking about what is next. I am going to keep doing Starter Horse Intro A+B for the schooling shows, but after this Thursday’s shows, I will have accomplished what I needed to at the Thursday Night Dressage shows. I am still signed up to do the last two in August, but since Lucky is getting better about being a show horse, I don’t really need to keep going everywhere to get her experience. I had thought about just not going to the last two, but at $25 for two classes and no ribbons my trainer had a better idea.
Why not try a little Intro C Training 1?
My answer was because I didn’t want to make a fool of myself.
During my last lesson Lucky was being tough to ride. She was being extra dramatic and extra opinionated. It doesn’t happen very often, but it was good that it was during a lesson because we could work through it. After a few minutes of frustration my trainer told me we were going to run through Intro C. She wanted to show me that sometimes things are not as bad as they feel. Since it felt pretty horrible I wasn’t sure if I wanted it on camera, but I trust my trainer and am curious to see us at the canter so we went ahead and tried it.
So it isn’t pretty. It would be about a 50% if we took it in to the show ring, but it was great to see it. Things really don’t look as horrible as they feel. And Lucky was being tough to ride. If we have about a 50% on a not so good day, we are absolutely in the 55% range when things are going well. So the point was proven. I think I am going to try Intro C and Training Test 1 in August. That gives me another show and almost 3 more weeks to make it better.
I will actually go and learn my test by that time 😛 The point of the Thursday Night shows is to gain experience, not huge scores. The year end awards at the local show ground are like the size of normal ribbons so there is no reason to be bored at the same level trying to come in 1st. The challenge is good for us. Plus, even though it is not pretty, it is not embarrassing either. Not to mention the fact that the more I canter at shows, the better the canter at shows will become so why not start on it extra early. We are still working on the canter at home so of course it won’t be perfect in the show ring, but I think it is okay enough to at least try in front of a judge. My goal is training level in 2013, so I getting a huge head start!