Friday, 10 November 2006

We came last - but at least we did it!!!!!

Well, we went to the dressage competition - nearly didn't make it as Phoebe was reluctant to get onto the trailer. But with a few tempting carrots and the help of a lunge line around her big bum, she finally loaded and 30 minutes later we were there.

She was very good whilst being tacked up and we went to the warm-up arena side by side with Bugsy and Dan. I rode her for about 15 minutes, and all the time she was getting faster and stronger - so by the time we finally got to the competition arena I almost had no control whatsoever!!! We hung on (just) until we had to do the canter and then good old Phoebe went off like a bullet from a gun!!!!

The look on my face was priceless according to Nicola (my friend from work who also rides and came along to support us) and God only knows what the judge thought!!! I was glad to finish 4 minutes later, and was eternally grateful to have got through and still be alive.

Ten minutes later I checked the score board to see that I had come a very respectful last!!!! That's my purpose you see...I enter the competition to fulfil the role of preventing every other competitor coming last!!!

I did, however enjoy myself immensely and felt a huge sense of accomplishment for having taken my horse away from home, and the grin stayed on my face until long after we got home.

Doesn't take a lot to make me happy!!!

4 comments:

  1. well done! It must be nerve wracking putting yourself out there in front of judges and an audience. I guess your horse will have felt that too. I'm sure you will be getting rosettes before you know it.

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  2. well done! It must be nerve wracking putting yourself out there in front of judges and an audience. I guess your horse will have felt that too. I'm sure you will be getting rosettes before you know it.

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  3. I'm so impressed that you put yourself in for it! It's fantastic, and you should be so proud of yourself and Phoebe.

    Is it too early to say good luck for your next competition?!

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  4. I'm so impressed that you put yourself in for it! It's fantastic, and you should be so proud of yourself and Phoebe.

    Is it too early to say good luck for your next competition?!

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