Last weekend, I was
blessed to be able to launch my mini-come-back with my favorite
equine partner, Balmullo's Beacon.
We signed up for the Jump Start event at the end of Sept., so
to help get a handle on my show nerves ,and to see if I could
stay in the saddle over the jumps, we did a local combined test.
I am pleased to say that we finished 2nd in the Novice division on our dressage score of 34.7
ppts. We lost a few points when his attention wondered to the
herd of pasture horses that moved to the rail right beside the
dressage arena to graze during our test! I was a bit uptight
in general, so I surely wasn't the greatest relaxing influence,
but the experience has helped me prepare for our next one. The
stadium was a wonderful, flowing and easy to follow course set
in a nice big grassy area, so that phase was a breeze.
I am leaving in the
morning to school cross-country at the Kentucky Horse Park. I
have never ridden there, so am very much looking forward to it:-)