There is media! So much media!!! While I have a ton of thoughts and feelings about how this show went I think I’ll just run it via pictures here and then blabber on in a later post.
After waiting a million years (ok, it was more like 2 1/2 hours) for class #16 to be up next, it was time to wake Gem up and head in for the 18” jumpers. We were the 5th ones in, she entered and immediately tried to spin around and leave again, and it went….ok…ish. Here is a run through:
Ok Gem this is it. Let’s trot down the long side and head to fence 1 in a good rhythm.
Nah, I’d rather spook at those people in the bleachers.
Shit! Was that the bell? We aren’t anywhere near fence 1. I’m going to get eliminated. Go Gem go!
We then proceed to rush to fence 1 and while Gem went over she whacked it really hard and rattled me.
Ok. Fence 1 is over. Yay! Oh shit. I forgot to turn to fence 2. Maybe she will do it if I shove her at it and give her absolutely no room or warning.
Ha! No way am I going over that bright pink fence. Sorry lady. Try again.
Sorry Gemmie! My fault. Let’s try that again.
Second attempt she went over no problem. My heart was still racing and my nerves were acting up big time, but we got it done.
Ok…now remember where fence 3 is. Sit up and keep her under control.
We finally got our act together over fence 3 and I started to look for my fences and actually ride.
Huh. This isn’t going so bad. The height isn’t scary and Gem isn’t being too bad. Maybe we won’t die.
By this point, gem was beginning to understand what we were doing out there and began looking ahead for the jumps. This makes it so much easier for me to ride her.
Look at that. Another fence behind us and we are rolling along. Maybe if I take my leg off she will slow down.
Gem hated this fence. Maybe she hates the color yellow?
Oooookay….we nearly had a second refusal at fence 5. Never, ever take my leg off. Fence 6 should be easy but then it’s a tight bend left to 7. Will we make it?
Fence 6 wasn’t really an issue, but the turn to 7 was short and required a lot of accuracy.
You’ll see how ugly fence 7 was in the video because I never got her lined up right, but over it she went and then straight to 8. I don’t have shots of those.
Fence 9 is the most decorated. Two left. We can’t screw this up now. Jump Gem, jump!
Yes! One left!!! Oh wait. I still have to ride. Turn! Turn!
I very nearly forgot to turn to this one too. Stupid brain.
Gem got a million pats, an emotional hug and some time to nap before the 2’ jumpers four classes later.
Here is the video so you can witness us in all our squirrelly glory. We finished I believe 1 full minute slower than anyone else. Oops.
I nearly bailed on the 2’ class. Once they reset the fences and added filler to nearly every single one, it looked daunting. Then I remembered that the standards start at 1’9” and that meant the prior class wasn’t really 18” and this would only be 3” higher. No big deal, right?
When I entered the arena, I cut through the center more to avoid my panic at making it to fence 1 in 45 seconds. Gem was much more settled this time around and I silently hoped she’d realize the height had gone up.
Ok. Let’s get this done. Line her up. Oh shit! That looks high and there is a bunch of fill. Quit looking at the jump. Quit it. Well crap she ran out.
It’s ok Gemmie. My fault. Let’s get this done. It’s only 2’. Leg on. Look up. Go!
Do not forget to turn for fence 2. There it is. Leg on. There is no filler. She can do this.
Wow. 2’ isn’t so bad. We can do this. I honestly believe we can do this.
Ok. Remember fence 5 was sticky last time. Keep that leg on. Wait. Where is she going? Why is her butt to my left. Move it Gem. I mean it. Get your flying bay hurt over this jump!
Was that a refusal technically? Is that our second? Oh shit again. There’s fence 6 and I’m not paying attention. Focus, Sara. They added a plank. Why am I staring at it? Quit staring.
Ugh. Another refusal. My fault again. Is that number 3? Am I eliminated? I didn’t hear a bell. I’ll just keep on until they tell me to stop.
Gem did go over it the second time since I stopped staring at the plank and asked her to jump it. I don’t have good screen shots of 7, but it jumped just as bad as the last time. I got jumped nearly out of the tack but I was actually having fun by this point and didn’t care.
Ha! I’m having fun. FUN! That’s new. Fence 8 is easy. Come on Gem! Let’s finish strong.
Wahoo!! Fence 9 has very bright flowers and we have 3 refusals already. No room for error. Go Gem. Jump the jump. Let’s enjoy the end! Grab mane and go!
One last plain fence and we are done. Wait…am I smiling? While jumping? On Gem? Weeeeeee…….
There are so many thoughts to share, but for now here is the video of the 2’ round (a lesson on how to make 10 fences take over 2 minutes to jump) and I’ll sort the rest out later.