I know that it's been awhile since I last blogged. I hope this all finds everyone well!
After Waredaca, I went home and started to work hard with the boys. I've been riding in what I like to call, "Bonnie Bootcamp" every week that I can. We have been working hard on Bug's dressage and my show jumping, as well as Renn's show jumping. I am determined to learn how to ride! :) We also had a XC schooling session with Renn, and he was a superstar. He jumped a lot of difficult combinations like a pro.
I took Bug to the Five Points Horse Trials the beginning of September. I had a plan for our dressage, and it seemed to really work. He was the most relaxed and supple that he's ever been in a test. There's always more work to be done, but I felt like it was a big improvement. As far as the judge goes, though, we only scored about 2 points better than Waredaca. Oh well. The XC was a big, gallopy course. The optimum was just under 7 minutes, so I knew this would be a good test of whether we could make time on a longer course or not. Bug was a superstar! He was forward and bold. We had one sticky moment going through the sunken road, as we've never done a proper one before. I got a bit zoned on the A, B, C, D...lots of flags to overwhelm me! Bug was great though and packed me through. Other than that, we had a great round. We were only 13 seconds over time! If we had been more forward through the sunken road, that would have saved us even more time. I was thrilled with him. This put us in 6th place!
I walked the SJ course on Sunday with a bit of trepidation. It was a very forward course, and I was already worried about making the distances without the chip stride. This led to me not quite finding my mojo in the warm-up and just running at things in the course. We ended up with 3 rails, which is unheardof with Bug. I was actually a bit worried that he was sore somewhere. So, this dropped us down to 8th place.
I was very bummed, but it definitely gave me more to work on. I also learned that I need to really learn how to acquire mental toughness.
Bonnie and I have been working hard on the boys ever since. We are headed to Morven Park this weekend, where Bug will do his last Intermediate before the CCI** at Fairhill, and Renn will do Training.
Also, in other news, I have 2 new consignment horses in. Whitfield is a 2005 Hanoverian gelding by Wildcard. He is 17 hands and a lovely blood bay. He is a bit more of a sensitive being, but I think he will make someone a great horse. Rosarita is a 2005 Hanoverian mare by Rolling Stone. She is 16.1 and a lovely liver chestnut. She is bold and very sensible and willing. I also think she's going to be a lot of fun! There will also be another horse arriving sometime in the near future. Fame de Bromont is a 2001 Oldenburg mare by Waldorf. She is 16.2, I believe, and also a very lovely liver chestnut with a lot of chrome.
Hopefully, this fall will be a great time for Rocky Start Stables and its students! I'm excited to work hard and see how things pan out.
Until then...heels down, head up!