While we began to tack up for dressage, the skys opened up and the heavens poured down. A MASSIVE thunder and lightening storm hit! We quickley scurried the horses onto the trailer - thank god they all load like angels! We waited about 30 minutes and the storm slithered away. The sun showed its face again and it started to get HOT. There wasn't much delay since they were running early, so off to dressage we went. I had a great warm up, but Fandango died in the ring as soon as I lost my whip. He was really distracted and was drifting towards the other ring the entire test. I worked my butt off to keep him in the right place. Overall, it could have and should have been better. We were in third after dressage, not too shabby. Susan also had a ver nice flowing test, and was 4th after dressage in the Open pre-entry.
Ian had to head straight to cross-country from the trailer so I was sad to not see him go. When I finished my test he was hosing his horse off and told me they had gone clean! Whoo, I was so happy for him and John John. Susan and I had to head straight to stadium after dressage. I walked the course again and was confident the pony would be fine. The footing was a little slick so I wasn't too sure whether I could ride it as forward as I had hoped. Susan went two ahead of me and I watched from down the rail. Joy came into the first fence nicely but slid at the base, then oops! she deer hopped awkwardly over it sending Susan airborne. She had a spectacular fall, and thankfully, was not hurt. It could have been a lot worse than it was, but she survived with a bruised elbow. The worst part was she was eliminated. Maybe they would let her do the cross country still I hoped. So, into the stadium ring I went. Fandango gave some big looks around but after my salut picked up a nice bouncy canter and popped the first fence. He slid a bit down the hill the second and took a rail, but I kicked him on and he jumped the rest of the course beautifully. One rail, a huge improvement from the 3 rails at his first event. He was such a good pony I gave him a huge hug and a kiss. Time to prepare for cross!I can confidently say that cross-country is my strong suit. I wasn't really nervous about the course, by now the pony has seen and jumped a lot of different things at that height. I was ready to have fun and see what this pony could do! The course really really nicely, and Fandango didn't bat an eye at anything. He was game over everything! His only thing - he called for Joy and drifted left towards the barn for the entire course. I spent the whole time booting him over. I was laughing though, it was fun, and he was such a good pony. When I got off the course I gave him a hose off and untacked him. Ian was going into stadium so I headed down there to watch. He jumped a beautiful round with an unfortunate stop at the second fence. I would like to say the footing was to blame. We got permission to take Joy cross country once all the divisions were finished, so I hoped on her for Susan and got to do the course a second time! How fun is that? She was great and jumped around everything easily.
All in all it was a great day. Ian finisehd 7th, and I was 2nd. Fandango won a leadrope, some treats, and a nice saddle cover. He is really turning into something. I can't wait until our next outing!