In preparation for my first show as an adult amateur next month, I wanted to reminisce the few schooling shows I did back in the day. Funny enough, I thought the shows I did were exactly 10 years ago, but I’m bad at the maths and it was actually 11 years ago. My show mount was the ever-lovely lesson pony (small horse) Josh, show name Bravo, and I was smitten with him. He was the grumpiest guy, as referenced below in the kicking-another-horse-in-the-show-ring gif, but was also the first horse to nicker at me upon arrival, so we can look past the sour attitude.
I really don’t remember a ton about showing [and honestly have no recollection of that kick!] but I do remember that very last eq class most. I lost my stirrup over one fence so I stopped to pick it up… in an eq class, where I believe you’re supposed to finish he class sans stirrup to demonstrate… ability and stuff. I had already won mid stirrup hunter champion (woot woot) at that point but somehow ended up throwing a hissy fit after “embarrassing myself”. Ummm, who cares? Honestly, someone should have smacked me. Teenagers are the worst.
I have mixed feelings about the rest of my previous show career. Watching these videos, I can tell I was 100% a passenger and riding the most lovely packer. And I can't believe my bailing out at the last-minute habit was so bad! I kind of understand why I never relied that heavily on counting down the lines. Josh’s canter was hunter perfection and he very rarely needed adjustment. Seriously, he was such a cutie and even have an adorable belly spot to boot.
Belly spot warmbloods are GOALS.
If you do end up watching the ridiculously long video, be sure you have your sound on. My grandpa’s commentary is gold and I’m so thankful to him and my nana for making these memories possible!