Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Back In The Show Ring

This past weekend I took Poppy to an A show in Ocala.  I took her down Friday afternoon and decided to just show Saturday and Sunday.  She had been schooling well at home however we had not shown since March 1st and I had not jumped her 1.10m since probably then.  

I strongly believe in saving my horse and am against excessively jumping.  Ideally I like to show in 2 classes per weekend.  So although I knew I was taking a risk I decided to just hack her Friday and walk in Saturday and do the 1.10m High Adult Amateur Jumper class.  If it didn't go well there would be another class I could go in if need be.  I hacked Poppy Saturday morning and she was wild so she got a good work out.  Even warming up for my class she was wild and running passes distances.  She even had 2 rails down in warm up which she never does.  Fortunately once in the ring she settled down and marched around the course like it was her J-O-B.  a clear first round and a clean jump off.  I stayed conservative in the jump off but still good enough for 4th place.  I was so proud of her to have 3 months off from showing and walk right into the highs.

Tired girl getting some grass while she dries.

Sunday my plan was to just do the NAL High Ch/Ad Jumper Classic.  Of course as I was tacking up the rain came so I had the pleasure of riding in the pouring rain.  Jumps 6, 7, & 8 was a 4 stride to a 3 stride off a short turn on the rail.  I rode a little hard to 6 thinking she would look hard so I over rode it and she had a rail at 6.  The rest of the course was good and I am really happy with Poppy.  She is  not so green anymore so I need to trust her and not ride so hard.  That is a new concept for me as I am so used to the greenies.

Nugget finds horse shows exhausting

Next up I plan to make the trek up to Tryon, NC to show in July.  


  1. Way to go Poppy! What an awesome feeling it must be to realize that your little girl is growing up and happy, able and willing to do her job so well.

  2. Woo NC! I haven't showed at Tryon though :) Good luck!

    1. I really like showing there. It's a beautiful facility. I will eat some Bojangles for you ;)

  3. Love that she loves her job! And even better that she knows it, what a fun ride this now comes for you! :)