National Academy Day 3: Bright Lights, Big Horse Show
National Academy Championship Horse Show, Murfreesboro, TN, November 1 – 3, 2013.
Today I am a) riding in one or two National Finals classes, b) sitting home in a huff, or c) still at the show, cheering on the rest of the barn, wishing I was home in a huff.
I keep hearing that National Academy is a show that one has to experience to believe. That I need to go once just to get the idea. While I have no cause to doubt this, I also think that I can hit the ground running. Okay, not the best metaphor for riding. I think I will not be overwhelmed by whole concept my first time out. I’ve trotting into a lot more big rings that the average Academy student.
OTOH, none of these big rings have been at saddleseat shows. Being engulfed by a horde of horses and riders, all diamonding their hearts out, might just fuse my circuits.
There is a good probability that I can outride my competition. Whether I can outshow them remains to be seen.