Horses, Life, A Touch of Geek

Shadow Rider Photo by Courtney Huguley

Shadow Rider
Photo by Courtney Huguley

April 30-May 2, 2015
Georgia International Horse Park
Conyers, GA, USA
Dixie Cup Horse Show on Facebook

Saturday, May 2, 2015
With Alvin Ailey
301 Aca. Equitation WTC Adult, 1st of 1
302 Aca. Show. WTC Adult, 1st of 1
317 Aca. WTC Championship, 3rd of 3
Thank you to the Wamble family for the awesome Alvin.

Show Photographer Casey McBride. In the Championship, black horse, blue helmet. (Note all entrants in this class wearing helmets! I’d estimate three-quarters of the entrants in most classes had helmets.) Photo rant. Lately, I have been hearing less about folks downloading without paying. Either social media protocol is getting better, the photographers have given up, or I am not listening in the right places.

As for me, I didn’t ride as well as I would have liked. Perhaps 50% of what I was getting in my lessons. Do I count that as progress? Ha! I want it all and I want it immediately, regardless of how reasonable I tried to sound previously [Show Today]. Plus, it’s hard for me to sit chilly when my horse is in a mood to ease on down the highway, particularly as I have a tendency to careen around the ring myself.

It may not have mattered. In the solo classes, I got blues for reaching the finish line. After the championship class, the feeling around the barn was that I was not going to beat the adorable children no matter how well I rode. If true, that’s okay. There are other times when being the old fart works in my favor.

As far as getting control of my nerves, the day was a complete bust. I had mantras. They didn’t make a dent. I brought articles to read over. I never picked them up. I took advantage of being the only entry in my class to run a comparative diagnostic on why I was still anxious. No dice. The only thing that has ever succeeded in keeping my head together at a horse show is the distraction of having a horse to get ready.

Onward!

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