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Sunday, April 24, 2016

Brookside: Friday

The 2'6" division was just after the Evergreen Hunters on Friday so we had a nice early start to the day but still relaxed enough to have plenty of time to slowly get ready. I was scheduled for a Warm Up Round and two Hunter rounds.

I felt nervous but not panicked, although I did check in with Ali to see if I should expect any trouble getting down the lines. Of course not! I'd seen Ellie execute the strides for the past two days and watched any number of big hunters dink their way through. Piece of cake right?

Ending our Warm Up round having added a half stride into each line, Easy? Not so much. Ali coached me between rounds to go out and get those lines- we needed more pace! So Round 2.....I added into every line. The pace felt more comfortable and the lines were coming up great!
Ali had spurs in hand when I walked out of the ring and she and Luis promptly strapped them on and sent me back into the ring. We stepped into a bit more of a gallop (read working canter) and got 2 of the 3 lines.

I think pace was our biggest struggle all weekend- it felt a little bit like "Mr. Toad's Wild Ride." What I loved about Ellie on Friday was what a solid citizen  she was. "Mom is nervous? I go slow. Mom wants to go fast? I go a little faster cause I can tell she doesn't really want to go fast. Mom buries me at the base of a fence? I climb over." There was no hesitation riding to the fences and she was on her best behavior!


  1. Well done figuring out the type of ride Ellie needs in the show ring!

  2. Sounds pretty successful to me!!!

  3. YAY! What a good girl, Ellie!! Pace is super hard, especially when you're nervous!

  4. You just described my entire show season of 2015. It DOES get better, but is so hard. Y'all can do it! I love how patient and good she was :)

  5. Pace is the #1 nemesis of the adult amateur! I'm 100% sure

  6. Aww yay Ellie!! Getting the strides can be hard for my little mare two, esp bc she can be right in between the step and the add.... Maybe one day we will figure it out lol

  7. Pace is so tricky sometimes.