The final day of the show started with a bang. Literally. There was a big lightning storm and a tree on the cross country course got hit. There were some loud boomers. But the show must go on, and thankfully it passed quickly.
The stadium course was my favorite ever, by far. Purely because the jumps are Harry Potter themed and I LOVE Harry Potter.
It was so fun. We had to walk the course twice just because the first time, M and I were geeking out over the cool jumps.
I was overall very happy with our round!
We had one bummer of a rail down, but I was super happy with our round! He tripped pretty dramatically in the turn to 3 (I don’t think the video does it justice – for a second I thought he might go all the way to his knees!), and then our focus and balance was out of whack. It just felt like he kind of didn’t have his feet under him or the striding quite right, and he just stumbled over the jump. Oh well. Everything else felt smooth and so fun.
We ended up with a pretty light blue ribbon for 10th place in our first Novice!
My goal for the weekend was to finish and feel happy with how I rode. I definitely accomplished those things! It wasn’t perfect, it wasn’t always easy – we certainly had our mishaps in dressage and with no timer in cross country. But I am happy with how I rode, and I learned a lot!
On to the next!