Katchi and I have our second attempt at starting the competition season on Sunday (no hind boots this time!), and ride times are up -
Dressage - 12:54
Show Jumping - 3:12
Cross Country - 3:32
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The MCTA Horse Trials are located at Shawan Downs in Cockeysville, MD.
In an effort to polish off our 3 phases, Katchi and I picked up a show jumping lesson with Sharon White last week. It was really productive, because all the icky stuff that happens to us on course happened during the lesson, and we had to deal with it! Sharon was also really helpful in focusing me on applying the perfection I enjoy in my dressage work to the show jumping ring. Using some of her ideas, Katchi and I had a really good jump school at home on Monday, and will do one more quick school on Friday. I'm hoping that will be enough to at least let us be a little more polished in show jumping on Sunday.
We also had the good fortune of getting a lesson with Silva this afternoon. Was able to ride in her saddle again (mine is shipping from France on Friday - yea!). I really had a good laugh when I pulled down the stirrups to see what I should do about the stirrup length - no joke - the stirrups were just about down to Katchi's knees!!!! Apparently Boyd had ridden in the saddle last! WOW! Once again, Silva and Boyd's talent must have rubbed off on my butt, because I had a great ride today. Hopefully we can reproduce the effect on Sunday! Heres a little video from today.