|CHJA Junior Medal Finals circa 1996 with Bud|
Once I moved into the adults, my odds got better. I've had varying forms of success:
|Second place with Rio in 2013|
I was worried about his behavior for the flat class. In his old age he would get really worried about horses coming up behind him and sometimes would kick out. But he was a perfect gentleman on the flat that day and we moved up to 4th. Then they tested the top four. I thought for SURE he would canter the trot jump and jig through the halt. But he did neither of those things. Our test was literally perfect and we moved up to second! SECOND! AT FINALS! Can you believe it? I still cannot. We got tons of spoils for our accomplishment.
In 2014 I took Jamp for the first time since Rio had retired. It didn't go particularly well. He spooked walking in and then was very tense and kind of running throughout the trip. He went around, and we weren't embarrassing. But we didn't make the flat phase.
2015 went better:
|Jampy getting a prize!|
Our score in the low 70's did get us into the flat though! Just barely, we were the last one through. Our flat work was fine, but not stellar so we finished up in the same spot for 12th place. No complaints! That's the prettiest ribbon I've ever gotten!
I got qualified really early for this year. REALLY EARLY! Last September I had enough points to go to finals. I was the first one on the qualification list. How's that for planning ahead?! Impressive I know. As the summer has gone on and on and on... and I've realized that Jamp is not in fact ready for finals, I first decided to skip it this time. But then I thought, well maybe I can find something to ride. So I turned to Facebook. I got offered a REALLY nice horse to use. Not only that, but his owner said I could take him on a free lease, meaning I wouldn't have to pay to borrow him. Imagine that?! A free, REALLY nice horse to take to finals? That stuff doesn't happen to me. And so here it is... Today's confession:
You GUYS. I had the date wrong for when entries closed. I thought I could post mark them on Saturday the 6th. But they actually needed to be postmarked Wednesday August 3rd. I was offered that lovely unicorn on Friday the 5th. And thus ends my finals run for 2016.
Moral of my story today kids? Plan ahead. Read your entry forms. KNOW WHEN THEY CLOSE! And for the love of all things, don't wait for the last minute. Because that last minute may have already passed you by.