Character's Name: Cassie James
Career Shown: Rider
Horse's Name SLS Elegant Lady
Career Shown: Competition
Breed: Belgian Warmblood
Show Tier: Local
Event: Show Jumping
To say I was a wee bit nervous about competing in the New Jersey Spring Classic was a bit of an understatement, especially after the fiasco of competing in our last show, the Kendall County Spring Horse Show back in April. For those who haven't heard on the grapevine, we broke a pole at the last fence which was rather embarrassing particularly as the cracking sound was so loud! So yeah I was a little apprehensive about what this show would hold for myself and Ellie, fingers (and toes) crossed we won't break any more poles I don't think people would be so forgiving a second time around!
10AM Wednesday morning it was already fairly warm, the New Jersey sun beating down onto the show ring.
"At least we are competing early on before it heats up anymore, ehy Ellie, don't want you flaking out and catching a pole do we now" I murmured to Ellie whilst tightening her girth.
Ellie snorted and snatched at a mouthful of hay and gazed at the numerous other horses tied up outside their boxes ready for the day's competition.
"Right wait here Ellie let me just run round and check where we are up to on the start list"
I ran off in the direction of the Show Jumping ring to check the list of starting numbers as I don't want to get on too early and be warmed up and hanging around nor do I want to leave it too late and not have a proper warm up.
Warmed up and ready to go, we entered to ring at a jog Ellie flicking her head around eager to get started. The butterflies in my stomach flared up, "Easy girl" I murmured whilst looking round at the course laid out in front of me, running through the route in my head.
Brringggg sounded the bell.
Ellie leapt into canter throwing in a bunny hop for good measure.
"Wow you really are full of beans today" I whispered pointing her in the direction of the first fence, which we popped over beautifully as we did fences 2, 3, 4 a & b and 5. Ellie picked up her pace even more and stumbled on the approach to 6 but recovered and went over clear, unseating me slightly making butterflies in my stomach knot and tighten. I half halt and bring her back to me for the 7th which we ping over, now just the dreaded final fence, the butterflies are churning now, I feel myself tense up rounding the corner onto the approach telling myself to just relax, holding Ellie back slightly who has started rushing again Hold, Hold, Hold I said in my head, a few strides out my knees grip saddle, here we go the final fence will we make it or not...