Sunday, June 3, 2012


I know this will shock you all, but I'm going to be honest: as much as I support showing as a way to sift the weirdness and egotism out of equestian sport, I was beginning to question why people did it. It's hard, stressful, and a lot of work. And they pay to participate? That's nuts. 

Summer gear at the trailer.
Then Cuna and I went to a little local schooling jumper show today. It's our second ever show together. Nothing fancy, but I thought it would do me good to get out. It was just me and one other of Stephanie's clients, and both of us are pretty independent with totally awesome horses, so it was about as low stress as it's possible for a show to be.

We showed up in plenty of time for me to check in, learn my course, amble around, get the hang of things, etc.

Did I say plenty of time?

I meant oodles.



I got on way too early.
The show only had 5 pre-entries (I and my show buddy were 2!), so they thought it would go really fast. A bunch more people showed up day of, which is great for them, but made things take forever.

Thankfully, Cuna is a total champ about standing around until the bugs start bothering him. We alternately stood around (until he got cranky) then trotted to get away from the bugs (until I felt like I was working him too hard).

At last, it was our turn to go in the 2'. Because I'd intentionally avoided all of the "open warm up time" in the show arena (aka kids on ponies slaloming off the horses), I trotted Cuna around the perimeter of the arena and had a quick look around.

I reminded myself to actually ride the first fence, and we were off. I put my leg on, kept my eyes up, counted all my strides, and kept in a steady rhythm.We didn't place because we were too fast for the optimum time, but we jumped clean and I was so proud of us. It was an excellent round.

When we went back in for the 2'3", I took another trot around. The jumps were essentially the same, but now they'd added some flowerpots and tiny trees as filler. Cuna didn't seem overly bothered, so I kept my eyes up and off we went. All was well until the combination at 7 and 8. It's four comfortable strides for Cuna. I know that. I also know I need to package his ginormously long stride to do that.

And of course, I was hot and tired and just rolling along in a happy forward canter until stride three, and then went "shoot! package now!!" which obviously is a stupid idea. He pulled a rail that was totally my fault.

Despite that, we kept it together (and it was probably a small class) and we pulled out a third place finish! Yay Cuna!!!

We were signed up for the 2'6" and 2'9", which felt well within reach, but the way the show was dragging on and my heat addled brain convinced me that it was time to pack it up. I was happy, I was confident, Cuna was jumping awesome, and I needed some cold water and shade.

And so our second show is on the books (/blog). Despite the heat, I had a great time and remembered why it is people do this crazy stuff. With the right horse, it's actually pretty dang fun.


  1. Brownbonnetyay!! And yay for kicking ass and ending on a good note!

  2. Awesome! I love the pics of Cuna in his "fly mummy" outfit!

  3. SO happy for you! As you know, Miles can relate to Cuna's bug hatred. We've been lucky so far here in MI, but I can only imagine how much it would suck to deal with bugs on top of show nerves. Congratulations!

  4. Nice girl! Way to get out there, great job!!!

  5. yay for a good day/show!! Keep rocking on :)

  6. Woo! Nice job. Smart too avoiding warm-up ring chaos

  7. You and the Cuna-man are awesome. Keep it up!

  8. Hooray! I honestly don't know how people do these jumper shows. I went with a friend to photograph her new horse and it ran at least an hour and a half late, plus each class had about 30 people. Standing around all day long to school a green horse is tough (much less an old school master!) -- she's a former advanced event rider and she commented that this is why she prefers eventing: they give you times and you know exactly when you're riding!

  9. So proud of you both! And yes, horse showing can be fun, with the right horse and the right attitude. Need to get myself out there again and remember that!

  10. Sucks about all the waiting around, but I'm really happy to hear you had fun anyways!

  11. All that waiting around is what soured me on the hunter/jumper world. Took a while, but once I started doing some dressage competitions (and eventing) the whole idea of waiting around all day to ride lost all its appeal.

    Sounds as if you had fun, regardless. A good horse like Cuna certainly does make it worth all the time, too. *S*


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