|Seth & Jango SJ|
|Seth & Jango XC|
Last weekend was Hobbs and my debut at Plantation. It was actually really nice to compete over 2 days for a lot of reasons. First of all, my nerves were a little better on dressage and SJ day since I didn't have XC looming over my head. Second, the facility is so close and I had early times so we were home around lunch both days so we had some time to do other things! Plus is was GORGEOUS weather so we got to spend a lot of time outside! I digress...so on Saturday I wasn't very happy with my dressage test. We got there early to do our pre-warmup which went very well and then my actual warmup also went very well. Then I got in the ring and he just got fussy. It wasn't any type of blowup- different than usual, he just didn't want to accept the bridle. There were some really good moments and I got an 8 on my mediums so I just need to build on that. The SJ was in grass and was very loopy. We didn't realize that Prelim jumped before Intermediate so as we were walking we thought the Intermediate looked pretty small until we realized it was Prelim..hehe.
The XC course was a solid Prelim track but certainly doable. There were a few bending questions which are always tough for us because of how big he jumps. Plus I had the whole breathing issue somewhat in the back of my mind. He was great again in warmup...not quite as fluid as our SJ warmup but good. Then he was a champ getting into the startbox all by himself! He felt great on course...everything seemed easy which is what I hoped for. I didn't push the pace at all since I was planning on running him this weekend at Fair Hill. We came hope with zero jump penalties and ~25 seconds over optimum time moving up to finish in 4th. So the first 2 outings were very respectable for Beaventing and we're looking forward to the rest of this season!