|Super pretty arena with lovely footing|
We had 10 or 15 minutes to warm up in the arena. When tests started back up they had made the arena a short court and were allowing people to ride in the open space at the end of the arena. Emi was being pokey so I took the opportunity to school "forward." I'm finding that it's pretty typical for her to be slow in a new place. I think she's trying to take it all in and can't possibly GO when she's looking around. It wasn't long before it was our turn to go.
We put in a solid test. Emi was forward enough and besides a few bobbles here and there it was nice and smooth. We got a 7.5 on our free walk and an 8 on our halt for a total score of 66.56% and first place. We also won a lung line.
Her next test was about an hour away so I put her back in her stall but left her saddle on. The time passed quickly and soon I was putting her bridle back on and mounting up. I'm pretty sure she thought she should be done at this point and she had a bit of a snotty attitude. I schooled her some and in we went. This test was not as smooth or easy as the first one. I was struggling to keep her purposely forward which in turn made the whole test harder. Since this was a schooling show and we were the last ride before the next break I was able to keep her in the arena after our test. We schooled 5 or 10 more minutes, communicating that she must go forward with a good attitude. After some better work we called it a day. Final score for her second test was 61.25% with a 7 for her free walk and a 7 for one trot transition.
There's more polishing to do but the pieces are coming together. I'm really pleased with how well Emi handled a new arena and fairly busy show experience. She's going to be an old pro in no time! We have two more weeks to work and then we are heading to a local league show. Also, the organizer of today's show let me know they were having another one April 30th to which I replied "I'll be at Rolex." Yah!