Show Report: ETSA Spring Classic, Cleveland, TN
And the winner is
Sam Willie. In the morning, it was decreed that I would ride Sam. However, halfway through the day, Lola decided she’d Had Enough. She was done showing and no one was going to change her mind. The resulting horse shuffle put me on Willie. After a quick swap of pre-ride visualizations, I was good to go.
The only problem with the first class was that Willie’s trot is so smooth, I couldn’t for the life of me see or feel my diagonal going in. It must have been correct, as we won the class.
Omens where good for a second win. In the previous Academy divisions, the judge had shown a fondness for pining the second class in the same order as the first. Now that Willie and I had gone around once, I saw what an old pro he is. I realized I could leave him to his job and really concentrate on getting my hands up, bending my elbows, sitting back, and so on, and so on. I tend to be overly busy, so I tried to sit still and quiet.
Given equal equitation, the judge had also shown a preference for horses who were rocking on. In leaving Willie to his own devices, I may have dialed it back a notch too far. Even the most seasoned performer likes to hear cheering from the peanut gallery. Willie was still lovely, but perhaps more Ferdinand and not enough Fiery Steed. Nothing major, just enough to slide me into second. So, my next goal is to figure out how to encourage the horse without fiddlin’ and fussin’.
Blue and red ribbons. The streak continues.
Photos By Nat
ETSA Spring Classic > Saturday Morning > Classes 61/62 Academy Equitation/Showmanship WT-13 & Over. Brown jods, yellow vest, helmet. As before, please click, enjoy, but do not download without paying, from this or any photographer’s site.
While you’re over there, check out Saturday Evening > 81. Open English Pleasure Walk-Trot, Any Breed, Stake: a saddleseat Friesian, an ASB, a huntseat Friesian, and a saddleseat Belgian. One of the Friesians & the Belgian were also in 63 Open Pleasure Driving, Any Breed, Stake.