Snappy was super good despite being in a newish place (we did school XC here last month, so not totally new) and for the crazy fall winds and temps. She was slightly up at the trailer while I tacked up and quite looky on the walk out to the back hay field where they had set up the dressage ring. The trees and leaves were scary but she held it together for a respectable test. Not our best test at 34.7 but with the cold and the fact she never really felt warmed up enough for a good swinging gait, I am happy. We had just about fifty minutes between our dressage test and jumping round, which was fine with me. I hurried back to the trailer in order to change her tack and change clothing. I put her in eventing gear because an "ultimate" 2-phase's jumping round is a hybrid of XC and stadium. I actually have never done an ultimate 2-phase, but it was fun! There were five regular stadium jumps and four XC jumps out in the field, and Snappy jumped everything well so we went clear. The course was basically a large figure-8 and super straightforward, which was great. Again, like at Hilltop, she was much more comfortable in the trot, so we trotted the entire course. Goal for next year is to canter our courses!
I did not even snap a photo of her at the trailer or wearing her ribbon, because honestly I untacked, repacked, and left as quickly as I could. My face was bright red from windburn and I spent an hour on the couch when I got home (after the hottest shower ever) under warm blankets. Brrrrr I am NOT ready for sn*w and real winter temps!
|Yeah mare! Pretty ribbon for her growing collection! We won our tiny division of three riders.|
|Yes, I braided her the night beforehand and took pics. Hahaha! Look at that winter coat coming in! She turns so dark in the winter!|