We started out with cross rails, followed by 2' hunters. Bridget felt pretty "meh" but we must have been the least "meh" of everyone because we were placed first. Yay for blue ribbons!
2'3": Started to feel even more stuck and we got a couple of not so great distances since I could not get her to move up with enough pace. Still good for second.
2'6": Started awful. 2 refusals (second was super dirty and I ended up on her neck) in the first 4 jumps. Midge wasn't spooky or worried, just didn't want to play any more. I was allowed to finish the round and you'd better believe I stepped up my game and used a ton of leg and my riding crop made an appearance too. I should have ridden like that from the start, because the last few fences were really nice, albeit grudgingly done on the part of the pony. Obviously we did not place :)
I called it a day there.
I found out later we won some kind of High Point award in the senior division, so that's kind of awesome. Sad I didn't stay to pick up the ribbon, since I do like adding to Bridget's mini ribbon collection. (As far as I can understand, the "high point" is exactly that, whoever got the highest scored round of the day. Since our 2' round went really well, we're the high point? I think? Seems weird, but hey, we'll take it.)
I know I'm acting like a spoiled brat by being disappointed, but I can't help it...I really felt like the Midge wasn't overly generous this weekend. I know she's currently quite capable of dragging me around a 2'6"-2'9" course, and I was half expecting her to be on that sort of form, not so much the "angry because cantering is moving too quickly" pony of the past! This show was supposed to be a practice round for our event in the beginning of June, and we didn't even make it around a simple 2'6" hunter course. So, I'm feeling a little worried! At least there is time between now and then.
I love, love, love this pony, but I was admittedly envious of the riders out there with horses who were obviously ready to go and loving their jobs. Midge was much more interested in standing in the shade and nibbling the shrubberies, (which, if I'm being objective, probably was a smarter thing to do, although much less fun for me. At least she makes me laugh with her ever predictable priorities)
Because I can't leave well enough alone, I showed up at the barn this morning on a mission. We schooled canter transitions, and I was very firm about pony moving forward immediately off my leg without any head tossing or angry faces. That hasn't been an issue for quite some time, so I was a little surprised it made a comeback in the last couple of days. We finished by jumping a very large course (for us) because somehow in the last few months I've become super ambitious and slightly competitive and needed to prove to myself at least that I'm not crazy for believing in this pony :)
We're putting jumping on the back burner and starting dressage bootcamp for the dressage show at the end of the month, YAWN. ( just kidding, I promise I love dressage too...besides, with EC returning from Badminton tomorrow I suspect it won't all be dressage and that there will be a few "interesting" jump courses in our near future!)
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