Saturday night I asked KB what she would think of me riding Benny with spurs for my championship class on Sunday. She thought it may be helpful and asked if I ride him in spurs at home. I don't but told her I was certain he had been ridden with them in his former life. Sunday I warmed him up with them on and really focused our getting a prompt response to my leg. While waiting to head in to the ring I told a friend that I was taking a bit of a gamble. I knew I might respond in a cranky way to the spurs but that with out them I might end up having to kick him around the whole test again.
My gamble paid off as he was nicely forward with out me having to stay on his case. Since I had so much more horse I was able to really ride my test, with out focusing solely on keeping him going. I came out of the ring feeling so good about how I rode the test. It was definitely my best "test riding" yet. KB predicted that our score would be quite a bit higher than day 1. Sure enough, we got a 68.182%. This put us in second place in our class for the day which I was thrilled with.
We ended up staying in fourth place for our division when our scores were averaged. I'd say we have come a long way in a year and I'm so proud of Benny the wonder horse!