We were going to do this show, then not, then yes, then not. Final answer was not. However, we advertised Nessie and someone REALLY wanted to see her and despite my rule of saying "no, come see us instead," I decided to see if Pine Hill would allow us to enter Piper last minute in Starter and make the trip sort of worthwhile. They ended up having room and so we entered and packed all the things in a hurry for Sunday.
After schooling Beginner Novice the previous weekend, we opted to do Starter since Hannah had exams all week and we weren't working on show prep for the whole week anyhow. Rain was in the forecast for the PM so we sort of made arrangements to be prepared and headed out to the show early Sunday AM. At this point, I'd driven to Jonesboro and back on Friday, I can't even recall what happened on Saturday, and now we were heading to a show on Sunday.
Oh and we also have a new long awaited mascot so I was toting him around.
There's not a lot for this update as our goals weren't really to blow the world away. Hannah needs to learn to really show off her horse DURING the test instead of being REALLY good outside the ring. I didn't care what she did, so long as she actually RODE. Dressage was in a misting rain and Hannah really DID ride as I could tell that her circles suffered and then she ended up making a more difficult test and earning a rider error and a reset. Honestly, I knew she was thinking and trying in order to earn that so I was satisfied. Riding a good dressage test is really hard and trying for a great one is just a mental workout. She ended up with about a 40 (38 without the error), which was right about in the middle of the pack.
Next up of course was Stadium but first we had to show Nessie to the interested party. They were a largish group with many junior riders and ultimately after Nessie had to navigate the super crowded warm up and perform her 3rd ever jumping event, they decided to not follow up with getting her. Selling horses man. So the whole reason in us coming was done in less than an hour tops and 10 minutes of riding which solidifies my "no, please come see us" unless we're already showing thing but whatever. We had stadium to do!
Piper was super jazzed about FINALLY getting to jump after being SO good in dressage (honestly she really was) and wanted to reward herself by jumping ALL THE THINGS. Well, she did and Hannah (once more) had a refusal at jump 2 when she didn't pick a line and go for it. After that Piper gave up on Hannah and just did the course with Hannah hanging on.
Another short break and then we were up for XC. The skies had opened up and it had REALLY rained for a bit so a lot of people were skipping out and the remaining ones were getting sloppy in the XC warm up. We'd made a pit stop at the vendor to look at bits as I decided to "bit up" Piper a little for Hannah. She wasn't trying to run off with Hannah, but with the rain and slop, I wanted Hannah to be able to half halt her more effectively for safety. We can work on Hannah's core and timing later. We tried out the bit and Piper was a little offended but figured it out quickly and Hannah had better control for the slippery conditions.
I had them just hop a few things and then get out of the chaos.
They had their turn on XC and I had told her to trot when she could and she did (earning the time faults but staying safe and in control). There was a log pile that Hannah botched her entry and commitment on, earning a refusal and some corrections from me, but otherwise they stayed safe and did a good workmanlike job.
So we didn't do a great job with results, but we didn't fail at all. Hannah still needs to be better with her lines in jumping and making decisions, but she's getting there slowly. Considering we'd just schooled last weekend, then exams all this week, and focusing on prepping for Jan shows and not Dec shows, I feel we did ok. The most important part was that she RODE her dressage test and I'm happy with that. Not sure the trip was worth using that money for show fees vs barn lumber, but it is what it is.
Next up... Jan things? TBD.