Since it was about 3 weeks ago I won't go into too much detail but I will say that Archie has been an absolute superstar the last few events. Oakhurst Horse Trials was no exception.
We had a great dressage test and landed about middle of the pack. Scores were sort of all over the place and I heard a lot of complaints about the judge, however I thought our score was tough, but fair. I almost didn't make it into the ring though as I forgot my brand new show gloves at home, and the Farm owner ran over to me before I went in to give me a heads up that judge excused someone earlier for not having gloves on! She borrowed a pair for me just before I was called in, whew! Big thank you to Ruth for that save!
We did stadium second and I'm sure by now you know this is my least favourite phase with Archie as we are not all that together in the ring over fences. Archie was really great this day and I was so excited how well it was going that I almost went off course, almost.....but I managed to realize what I was doing and redirect myself. That brain lapse cost me 4 penalties, and we had one rail. I was pretty disappointed in myself but I will not be making that mistake any time again soon!
|kiss for good luck|
We ended up 11th out of about 20, with the Senior and Open divisions run together, I was 5th in the Open. Without my bobble we have been placed better but this is eventing...no "what if's" allowed.
I love my horse.
I also want to say that Oakhurst has done a total rehaul on their facility and it was a great change! The rings were great, the courses were gorgeous and everything ran very smoothly.