When I planned my course the night before, I didn't look at the individual fences. Instead, I determined how many points each line was worth.
I chose to set a rhythm by starting with some hunter-style lines: outside line, diagonal line, outside line...
The vertical on the end just happened to fall beautifully on the curve after each outside line!
Then, things would get interesting...
The plan was to follow the second time over the vertical on the end with the oxer, roll back in a tear drop shape for the 75 pointer, back over the vertical, and to the oxer again.
If the buzzer hadn't gone off yet, I would take the bending line to the green jump and head to the nearest outside line!
Best laid plans...
We trotted a circle, then the buzzer called. As we picked up the canter, the music started. We were accompanied by the Bangles and "Walk Like An Egyptian"! How appropriate!!
...all the old paintings on the tombs they do the sand dance, don't ya know...
Outside line - end vertical - diagonal line - outside line - vertical all as planned...
|the vertical on the end (the second time)|
To the oxer! I've never asked her to jump a 3' oxer, but I could feel she was game for whatever I pointed her at. There was no anxiety. No doubt. She was going to take it - no questions asked. She made it feel so easy!
|seriously - easy!|
Now, I recognize this was a rookie mistake on my part. I should have let her jump the green one then finish my turn for the 75-pointer. Live and learn, right?
Over 75-er, back to the end vertical, back over the oxer (yup - she jumped it just as big)...
No buzzer yet?
To the green one!
We took 3rd behind 925 and 900 points!
|15 months under saddle, baby!|