They rang the bell and we were off. Benny had no further spooking issues and I was thrilled with our test. It wasn't perfect but I finally felt like we put together a test that was closer to the kind of work we can produce at home. Regardless of my score I was happy with the results. We earned a 68.269% and second place in the class. We received lots of 6.5's and 7's along with two 8's. One of the 8's was for our free walk (a coefficient) and the other was for the trot transition directly following it. Transitions are something we have been working on a lot and it's so nice that they have become very reliable. We got a 6.5 on both canter circles due to it needing a more clear rhythm. His canter is his weakest spot so I was actually happy with that. I know there is more room to improve but at the same time I'm happy with the progress we have made.
The second test of our division was the following morning. When I arrived at the warm up arena the show arena was on break and open for schooling. I took advantage of that opportunity to spend some time walking around, making sure the monsters were gone. As expected, Benny didn't give it another look. Once we moved to the warm up arena we got to work and Benny was being quite good. My goals were to keep him forward and show good bend in our shallow loop serpentines.
Our test itself wasn't as consistent as the day before and we didn't nail our shallow loops as well as I would have liked. The test had some very nice moments followed up some discussion between us. Our final score was a 66.363%, which was good enough to win the class. We received a 7.5 for the free walk and an 8 for a beautiful trot. I knew the "8" trot was going to be a great score while I was riding it. I need to keep working for that trot in our every day work! Our weekend average was a 67.317%, which was good enough to win the individual portion of our Training 2 & 3 division.
This was going to be our last show of the year but now we have a new prospect...should we go to league championships!?