Last weekend 3 of my pony friends and I flew to Kentucky to attend RK3DE. I can honestly say it was a horse lover’s paradise and a must-experience. Even though I am not an eventer I was so awed and inspired by all the great riders.(AND you can’t beat the shopping).
Friday morning we woke up nice and early to hit the show, watch some dressage, walk the course, run the Twilight 5K and shop forever.
My shopping haul and free swag haul will have to have their own post to give them the proper attention that they deserve.
First we watched some dressage and admired all the shiny horses and fancy tack. The event horses are SO FIT, it’s such a contrast to the typical beefier warmbloods I am used to seeing when watching dressage.
There were so many shops and deals and also $$$ items to drool over. We of course went to Dubarry and had mimosas and tried on boots. (My wallet was relieved that even their slim calf size was so wide on my that I could stick my whole arm down into the boot).
Friday evening we ran in the Twilight 5K race, which kind of sucked after being on our feet all day and walking so much but we got a cool free shirt so that pretty much made it worth it. PLUS, running through the gorgeous Kentucky horse park was very inspiring, I even got a pretty good time.
First, I must say that Mabou was excellent at the show. Since we were staying in jumpers we let him stick with his happy mouth snaffle, and he was cool as a cucumber from the moment he stepped off the trailer to the moment he stepped back on.
We did two shows this week, and he has figured out what this showing thing is all about. He thinks it’s fun and actually likes to stand by the rings just watching, no grazing, just chilling and watching the goings-on.
He strolled into the jumper ring at a relaxed walk for each trip, and even after getting fired up, relaxed back down and walked out of the ring as quiet as he walked in.
We stepped up to the 2’6″, and ended up reserve champion again, with a fifth (I always hold him back too much on the first round until I start to feel brave), second, and a first. Our jump off time in the last round was actually the fastest time of the day, so I was pretty proud of myself for that!
My trainer gave me some advice which I found hilariously true- go into the ring looking like you want to win not live. Unfortunately sometimes I am the latter!
Photos to come when I buy them from the show photographer (my mom took videos of the grass accidentally)
Next: this lovely injury occurred after we got home from the show. (Note: my ankle is normally not this big!)
Long story short, after we got back to the barn my trainer asked me to bring in a horse for her. As I was holding his lead and reaching to open the gate the other horse he is turned out with basically mauled him. Poor victim horsie could only escape by running me over (I forgive him). This was the aftermath.
So I got to spend Sunday evening in the hospital ER *hooray*. Verdict: bad contusions with mild sprain. They gave me a soft cast and crutches, neither of which I am using at work today because I am stubborn. Hope I can ride later this week!
Once a year in July, there is a big charity horse show here. It’s always on a Wednesday, which requires a day off work, and luckily I was able to pull it off this year. The charity show benefits a local animal shelter, and always has a huge turnout and the best prizes! Coolers for champion and reserve, and usually tote bags or hats for each first place ribbon. Nothing is more motivation than things!
The original plan for the show ended up being totally different than what we did, but spoiler, we ended up with a cooler so all was good!
The original plan was to show in the Adult Eq, medal, maclay, etc., as that is what we have focusing toward in all of our lessons. However, after we got there and he was high as a kite (since, to be fair, this is only his second show), and we had a very dismal schooling wherein I basically wanted to call it a day, my trainer suggested that we enter into the 2 foot baby jumpers just to get him in the ring and go around.
I agreed because I knew that she was right, and it was important for us to get in the ring and have a good experience. So we untacked him, let him chill by the rings for an hour, then retacked and away we went to the 2′ schooling.
He was a different horse in the jumper ring, I really think he is trying to say loud and clear that its his thing. For some reason all my photos came out really blurry when they are zoomed in, but these and videos of my rounds are all I have (well I still have to get the videos from my mom aka show photographer) He was totally in his element when I let him go at his preferred speed of fast.
Needless to say he was wonderful in the jumper classes. He almost seems proud of himself when we come out of the ring, and he doesn’t get hot going in or out of the ring and is content to stand and hang out on a loose rein in-between rounds. Inside turns are also a piece of cake with this boy.
Luckily I had brought a square saddle pad and had been wearing a sun shirt and his Eskadrons for schooling, so we easily looked the part. I think that we will stick with the jumper ring for now, he is so cat-like and quick that making him an eq horse always seemed a little like putting a square peg in a round hole.
We ended up reserve champion, winning ourselves a tote bag embossed with the show logo and a Curvon cooler embroidered with the show logo! I was so proud of him.
Next show is Sunday so he gets a few days of rest and then back at it! Going to step up to the 2’6″, as the 2′ is almost a joke for him.