I went into stadium way more anxious with how we went around our other two events this year. Here is the video from the second one...it doesnt look nearly as bad as it felt: Tillie flinging herself over the fences, pulling downhill and just not very adjustable.
Tillie walked into warm up with a much calmer head on her shoulders then dressage. LEAPS and bounds better even then the event from the video above where we had cantering sideways and backwards happening in warm up. I'm surprised I didnt get a yellow card honestly.
|Fence #1 at Loch Moy|
|Fence #2 - ignore my equitation, BUT LOOK AT THOSE KNEES!!! This photo makes me sigh out in relief that Tillie cant jump properly because she clearly can. Both legs are evenly pushing off, her withers are higher and she has a nice bascule.|
|Cantering around to the line for fence #3 and 4|
But I started singing and before I knew it found myself over fence 1, giggling over fence 2 and putting in NINE strides between the line of fence 3 and 4 (which the photographers didnt get) that Brita and most other competitors did in 6 or 7. Thats right folks, my horse can collect!
|Fence #5, bending line to 6|
|Fence #6 - Love the tail flick!|
After this line was a 5 stride bending line which was the hairiest part of our course...I saw a few different approaches to striding on this one and we ended up getting 6 because Tillie came in a bit hot and the most unbalanced to fence 5.
Fence 8 had an A and B and walked as a 3 stride line which is exactly what we got...but just before 8A, I has to half halt fairly hard to ask Tillie to wait so we didnt get too deep to A and only get 2 strides to B and not have enough time to land and finish at #10 (which sort of rode like an awkward bending line).
Here is the sequence to 8B where I ride a bit defensively to prep for the finish:
|Me thinking holy shit this feels like shes flying|
|Look how tight she is in her hind end...she was not anywhere near touching the fences...|
|Another tail flick one!|
|Oh there is the left bend I was missing in dressage|
|Holy moly it is so apparent here my collapsing right, sitting left issue.|
Ears up ready for more!