Show Results - Part Two
Awhile back I thought I'd share some show entries and results from Equus Sims I posted part one yonks ago but forget to do the rest so here they are!
South Eastern Elite Classic
Back in July Buzz entered the South Eastern Elite Classic competing in Eventing they came in 1st place!
Buzz was buzzing, literally. Ariel was stood waiting to enter the Dressage ring as they were next up but Buzz would absolutely not stand still! It was their first proper ridden competition though so she couldn't fault him as it was all new to him. The only other time he'd competed was in the Breeders Show a few months ago in the Halter class but this was different!
Ariel walked Buzz around a bit to try and calm him down the last thing she wanted was to ride the dressage test with a tense bunched up horse.
Soon enough it was their turn they entered the arena in trot and trotted around the edge of the boards waiting for the bell to signal they could enter the arena and begin their test. Luckily this calmed Buzz down a bit as the bell rang and off they trotted down the centre line to begin the test, Buzz was energetic and Ariel struggled to hold him in parts but as soon as the test began it was soon over and they left the arena on a long rein and a massive pat for Buzz.
Next up Show Jumping, once again Buzz was full of it, though the constant distractions around the ring kept him slightly more in control as he was too busy eyeing everything up. He cleared most of the jumps by miles as he didn't want the scary oranges getting him!
Ariel was tired and her muscles ached from having to hold Buzz together in the Dressage and Show Jumping phases she was extremely thankful the cross country had moved to an arena due to the soggy ground as there was no way she'd be able to hold him out in the open country.
Though this didn't stop Buzz being full of beans he tore around the course and pinged over everything, this was his favourite part, after all.
[WBA] New Jersey Spring Classic
Also in July Ellie competing in the Warmblood Association New Jersey Spring Classic in the Show Jumping class she came in 3rd place!
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...