Friday night right after supper I was planning to trailer over, register and settle my fluffbum into the barn. Around 5:30 p.m. a massive thunder storm rolled in and put me back a few hours, but no worries--my teammates were already on site and had my stall bedded up and waiting for me when I got there. Savvy quite surprisingly was being chill about all of it. She loaded well in the rain and then happily settled in her box stall. I am sure she was just happy to be out of the rain and asking no questions.
|And how awesome is this?! A local farmer donated a truck load of carrots for the event. Savvy approves.|
|We decided to colour match - team east being orange and team west wearing green|
|Tense pony, tense rider, but at least feeling fancy :)|
|Might have had this smirk on my face for most of the test, because pony was being so fun!|
|Fence #6 - to me, this is both massively tall AND wide.|
Emma at 'Fraidy Cat Eventing had a timely post last week that was exactly what I needed hear and to address in my xc:
"The test is when you're out in the field and on the ground doing the work and things get hard. How do you respond and react? Our response has to be to push forward with an infectious and relentless optimism."
|Fence #7 - My very first up-bank!!|
We actually managed to canter out of the start gate and although Savvy felt a bit sticky at fence #1, she jumped it fine and suddenly all my worries lifted and I knew this was going to be a fun ride.
|Fence #1 - She is my flying unicorn :)|
Cantering through the bush over to the next field was no big deal (even though in the past, going through the bush typically was scary for Savvy). Our next jump had me worried but Savvy galloped up to it with ears pricked and no hesitations. She was getting hotter as we went and at this point we were headed right towards my trailer on top of the hill. Savvy really wanted to blast up that hill and it took a lot to get her down to trot for our very first up-bank. She had no trouble with it at all though and I was surprised how nice it rode.
|The path through the trees to get to #8|
|The final fence on course.|
|A super tired fluffbum after xc. She was trying to eat and sleep at the same time.|
We are getting close to the end of one pretty amazing season. I have one more event in October which will be another fun derby that I will compete starter level in. I am looking forward to getting another 'good experience' under our belts before we transition into winter lessons at the indoor. It will be a looong time before we get out on xc again after the October derby!