Well, I moped briefly and then got on with life, lol. The show secretary and I traded some emails, so for now I am registered as a non-compete and will plan to use the weekend as a mini clinic and grab three lessons from TrainerB, while simultaneously getting Ruby used to the indoor at the show venue (in April we showed outside). I'm second on the wait list if there are any scratches, so we'll see how that goes. I reached out to the photographer and we'll either use the money I already paid for show photos towards artwork from Ruby's portrait session (which we'll do while she's at the show venue to help everyone's scheduling lol) or she might be able to hang around and snap some photos of one of my lessons -- in which case you better believe I will put show clothes on so we can be fancy AF haha.
|Sunrise rides are still happening on any days I WFH (or at least WFH in the morning, sometimes I have to drive in for meetings in the afternoons, sigh)|
|Matchy matchy game was strong this day - digging the $36 clearance Smartpak tights!|
Realistically this is probably how I should have STARTED the show season, but when I was tallying up costs in the spring it seemed SO ridiculous to spend this much money and not actually like..... SHOW. So I guess the universe just wanted to make a point to me :-P
|Early morning bath to get the worst of the sweat (from just grazing) and dirt (because its been a fucking DUST BOWL here) off before an ADVENTURE!|
|Felt so good to be on the road again!|
In the meantime, it's been absolutely fucking DISGUSTING out, and some work craziness has resulted in me spending more time in the office than I'd like, so not as much morning riding happening. But some is better than none! Originally both days this past weekend were scheduled to be 100+ before a heat index (105 Saturday, don't even want to know what the "feels like" was!), but then Saturday morning when I looked again, the weather for Sunday was still hot, but more reasonable. I shot a quick text to TrainerB to see if I could haul to the interim farm for a lesson, but also acknowledging that it was SUPER last minute and I would totally understand if she didn't have any slots. But the stars aligned and she had a 9:45 lesson slot for me :) based on the drive to the farm it made for an EARLY morning but it at least let us finish up before the heat index hit triple digits! I went alone, so limited media and nothing under saddle (I almost asked her to film a bit at the end, I should have!), but it was really, really nice. Not that we worked on anything particularly hard or that we were particularly spectacular (lol), but it just felt so damn good to be out there doing the thing with my best bay mare. Especially poignant for me being seven weeks to the day from fracturing my ankle. I still have some occasional residual stiffness, and I'm certainly not out running any marathons on it, but it feels pretty good!
|I love how chill she is on trips. She was at this farm once before in mid-May but then hasn't really gone anywhere but trail rides since. |
|Going for understated elegance, because I wore those bright AF teal tights again hahaha. |
She was a super good girl, starting off nice and relaxed and just showing up to work. No shenanigans about wanting to canter the whole time (which we are still struggling with at home), but letting me really supple her into both reins and turning from my outside aids. Neither of us has a ton of stamina at the moment, so I was pretty wiped out by the end of the lesson (despite copious walk breaks and also starting electrolytes last week to see if that helps me deal with the heat better)
|She enjoyed her hose down and then grazing in the shade while I finished my water. |
So, this is no longer me questioning whether or not we're back -- we're officially back! And I'm looking forward to the second half of show season, some fun stuff this fall (a girl's trail trip and hopefully using my Gifted grant!), and then I'll make lots of big plans for NEXT YEAR and the universe can continue to disappoint me in new and exciting ways hahaha.
My favourite thing is when I brush the horses down and then the wind blows their dried sweat and dirt particles back in my face and it sticks to it because of my sweat. NOT. Hope y'all are staying coolReplyDelete
Haha equally as terrible as that is when I'm cleaning stalls and j leave the fans on (so I don't overheat) but when I throw a pitchfork of dirty sawdust into the wheelbarrow and some of it blows into my sweaty skin 🥵🥴😑Delete
We got a blessed cool down with a little rain today so hopefully Texas gets a break soon too!
I'm excited for you! Glad your comeback is happening (despite the weather)!ReplyDelete
Can't wait to see these photos from the (non)show too!
Thank you! I'm equally as excited for your comeback with Al (and maybe Eros and shiny?) whenever the stars align for you too!Delete
So glad you got out for a lesson! Does trainer B have a timeline for her stay at the interim farm? Will the new farm be closer to you?ReplyDelete
Construction timelines are such a shit show right now, but I think the plan is to be moved in by later this fall 😁 new farm is SIGNIFICANTLY closer than the interim farm, and quite a bit closer than the original farm she was at when I started taking lessons with her, so a huge win for me. I clocked the approximate location when I drove back from Pony Cup and I think I'll be able to make the drive in under an hour even pulling a horse trailer, which will be 🙌🥳🤗Delete
You're back baby!!!! I think dress rehearsals in show clothes are super useful. I try to dress rehearsal at home, at the very least so I can get used to the way the clothes feel when I'm trying to ride.ReplyDelete
Yeah that was something I originally wanted to build into my dressage boot camp for the gifted grant (an actual show dress rehearsal) before I entered that show in April it just... Didn't pan out lol. I think that's so valuable!Delete
I'm glad you still get to go, fingers crossed you get off the waitlist (although if I'm honest the current set up is my dream - all the fun of going to a show plus a learning opportunity and none of the pressure;)ReplyDelete
Logically I know it will be good for me but there is part of my brain that struggles with spending approximately the same amount as I would to show and then..... NOT SHOWING. What can I say? I like ribbons hahaha.Delete