Thank you so much to the organizers of the CAADA Mardi Gras CDI dressage show at Rocky Mountain Show Jumping this weekend. The stabling was wonderful, the footing was amazingly excellent and as always with Shelagh at the helm of the show office…the show was expertly run.
The days were hot but the breeze off the mountains kept everything quite workable. We all needed to keep hydrated and the judges kindly decided coats were optional so it was all good.
The Grand Prix was Friday morning and Lindsey put together an expertly ridden test; organized, tidy and very confidence building for Lance. First place ribbon.
Saturday morning was the freestyle. We decided as Lance handled the whole thing so well the day before in the Grand Prix, our plan would be to try for a bit more power in the freestyle. The warm up was super; powered up, engaged, forward and straight. We were ready to put this test away!!!!!…soooo…..unfortunately the music man running the music had a bit of a fubar and cut 10 seconds or so off the start of the freestlye. That then resulted in Lindsey having to madly catch up to the music for the first part of the freestyle. Ugh. Lindsey did great as Lance was a bit unsettled with all the rushing about and once they caught up to the music; the rest of the freestyle was awesome. And as we were the only ones in the CDI Grand Prix Freestyle class…another first place :). (Barb and I were both tearing up singing O Canada for this red ribbon though…) ❤ the journey…
At the end of the class, I hitched the trailer and hit the road so I could get Lance home before the day really heated up. He was back in his stall at home, munching contentedly, by early afternoon.
Today is his well deserved day off and he and the rest of the barn are enjoying grazing as the morning sun rises. We’ll bring them all in before the heat of the day begins. 🙂
Ivars is off for an early morning ride on his bike and I’m headed to the stable to ride…