We got there Thursday after an uneventful haul over and did our lessons over at Woodside. I think we kept it too short - the goal being to reward them for settling in nicely. Diva was a rockstar and didn't seem to think that there was anything worth worrying over.
Jimmy the eventing Arabian... needs a bit of work before we approach the eventing thing again. He was a total fruitcake.
It's hard to find any photos that really explain it - my rider rode her heart out and Jimmy just wasn't ready for the whole thing. But I'll get to that.
Friday we throw braids in Diva's mane and get about our warm up - the pair do really well. I'm excited.
Rider seems calm and not too terribly nervous. Excellent!
Until we checked in with the steward and realized we were in the wrong ring - whoops!
Rider went off-course twice, marvellously sat a somewhat surprising buck, and finished out the test with an excellent attitude despite how unsettled he was by the SPRINT across the woodside horse park to get to the correct arena.
Diva looks less-than-thrilled.
As for Jimmy the Eventing-Arabian? He was... a pill. He was tense, and refused to move forward, and decided to kick out a lot at leg aids. He was excused part-way through the first canter in BN-B for being dangerous, although I thought it was an unnecessary call as his rider was, in fact, piloting him through the test and he wasn't close to unseating her, just kicking at the aids. But - the judge felt it was unsafe and I have to respect that.
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On Saturday we warmed Diva up for stadium and as we came into the first warm-up fence, there was a bit of a miscommunication between horse and rider and Diva dodged out and rider fell. He hurt his hand, and after getting checked out by the EMT decided to get back on - but it was painful and he was having a hard time focusing. We decided to scratch.
So... definitely a disappointing weekend, but we all learned a lot and we'll come back stronger and more prepared next time.
Also, eventing readers - what's easier for you to manage/wrap your head around: The full three-day craziness of a long weekend, or a one-day trial? Can you explain?