Looking Back, SSF 2016
Saddle Seat Wednesday
I love how I look here. Calm. Confident. At ease on the horse. OTOH, there is not a trace of equitation diva in evidence. Weirdly for me, although I can see the flaws, I still like the photo.
By The Numbers
Shows – 13
Big shows – 8. Really 7, there was a 2-in-1 weekend [Show Reports & Addendum]. I overshot my goal of 5 big shows [Revised Show Plan], but not by too much. I even missed a few shows, but mostly due to conflicts with Greg’s driving. More on that tomorrow.
Riding Classes – 41
Riding Wins – 15
Driving Classes – 9
Driving Wins – 5. Classes of one or two entries, usually me & Greg. We split the wins. He won when steering was required. I won when we had to drive fast & look snappy, mostly thanks to Alvin’s willingness to do same.
Winning Percentage for Riding Classes – 37%; Adult-Only classes, 38%. One-third is a great percentage in baseball; sucks in school. Not sure where showing falls in that spectrum.
I tended to win the second class of my division, 7 times, versus the first class, 3 times. I ride better after being in the ring once? Judges need to take a second look at me? Who knows. The only times I won the first classes or the championship classes were those golden days when I swept the board.
Lessons – numerous
Lesson Horses & Lesson Horse Owners – Generous
Having a Barn Home – Priceless
Process note: Since the show year runs from December to December, it does not exactly match the calendar year. The difference is one Winter Tournament schooling show. Close enough.
Thank you for reading,