Day 2 of the show brought 2 more qualifying scores and a big boost to my confidence. As a novice show rider, I learned a big lesson: always pick up the day sheets or have them downloaded to your phone. I didn’t do this, and did not realize my rides had been moved up 10 minutes. Needless to say, I entered the show arena with mere seconds to spare. I was so flustered, I made some big mistakes. Monarch on the other hand was brilliant and very forward. Even with my mistakes, our score was good enough to place first. I think if I had been more focused, we might have been able to score in the 70’s. The second ride of the day brought another 2nd place finish. I was qualified to move up to second level.
Though I’m disappointed in my mistakes, I’m grateful to my horse and must let go of any regrets. With second level looming, I need to look ahead to those requirements of increased engagement and collection. The Grand Junction show has been cancelled this weekend because of increased cases of VS- vesicular stomatitis. This gives us more time to train, so our second level debut will be even better.