|Alayne and Cayden - taking Prelim by storm!|
Penny and I were not so lucky. We had a good warm up but the few fences on course were a disaster and we had 2 rails at jump 2 and 3. We were just not on the same page - still trying to figure each other out and I was certainly not riding her the best I could have. After our second rail we became more of a team and the course flowed much better. It will take some time and lessons for me to learn to ride Penny. I have to put behind me all the baggage I have from being defensive with Archie and just let her do her thing - she knows what she is doing. With the two rails we finished 15th, and I would be lying to say I wasn't disappointed. I know we could have done so much better, our dressage score really limited how much we could improve over the two days and I am just happy that I know it was just one of those days where you have a bad test. You have to put it behind you and move forward.
Overall we had a great time. The venue was excellent, the courses were lovely, the people friendly, and to be honest I can't for the life of me figure out why I never entered at Harmony before. We will definitely be coming back next year to redeem ourselves, and enjoy a relaxing weekend eventing in Quebec.
Thank you so much for all the kind words of encouragement and wishes of good luck. We both made it home safely, had fun and learned a few things along the way. That is what it is all about, afterall ;)