His name is Eros (he has just the one name, but honestly, I think he needs a better barn name. Eros doesn't roll of the tongue) and he is an Oldenburg. He's nine years old, liver chestnut (as you can see), and in the words of Tracy from Fly On Over Eq, he has fabulous hair.
He's shown in the hunters a bit, up to the 3'3" greens. His main job with us is to be my step mom's horse for her to learn on, but I also will get to ride and show him.
Speaking of working horses... I rode Eddie a whole bunch last week in preparation for our first show over fences. I'm really starting to like that horse. He's so unflappable, even when I make stupid mistakes. Anyway, I rode him Friday and Saturday to prep for our show on Sunday. Here's a little clip from Saturday:
So let's talk about the show! It was very low key. I think the largest division all day had five people in it. My division only had two.
|I really love show clothes.|
Our first class was going fairly well. The only bauble during the first half of the course was that one line rode pretty tight, and we chipped out. That would have been ok, and probably still would have won the class... but the last jump was a long approach vertical going away from the gate. I must have been running out of steam, because Eddie broke to trot a few strides out. It was a lovely trot jump! But we were supposed to canter it. Maybe we were just showing off how handy he can be?! I think a lovely trot jump should earn some bonus points! Anyway, we were second in that class.
I was feeling really good going into our third trip. It was the same course as the first though, so I REALLY wanted to make that quiet line ride perfectly. I found exactly the spot in that I wanted, sat up to get his stride just right early on. It was going to be perfect! So I softened.... You know what happens when you soften on Eddie? He trots, that's what. You guys, we trotted the oxer out of the line! DOH! The rest was lovely. Honestly, if you could omit that one jump, it was pretty perfect. Even held all his leads! But alas, second again. We won the flat though! The two of us riders in the 2'3" training hunters technically tied for champion, but since the other rider had more points over jumps, we finished in reserve.
Overall, Eddie and I had SO MUCH FUN at the show. I can't wait to go to the next one. I need to get stronger still with my legs and Eddie could help out a little more with maintaining his pace, but we're definitely on the right track.
I've been super busy with these red headed boys lately, but that doesn't mean my brown haired guys are getting neglected. Not completely anyway. We've been doing some late night walks during the week. Most nights Jamp even almost behaves.
|Jamp has zero interest in selfies whilst walking|