If you missed the first part of this story, check out A non Bad Eventer Day for the details.
I was feeling pretty good about my first ever position at the top of the leader board.
That was definitely a first.
Then I walked my cross country course.
We’ve been having this massive little bitty problem with dropping into water.
Our last few outings have involved some pretty spectacular, though undesirable, splashes.
Yeah, I actually kicked myself with my spurs.
So when I saw THIS on my course, I had some concerns.
It was a pretty big drop into water
followed by a super tight line to an out bank (it walks in about 3 1/2 strides), Is it 3 or is it 4?
When the fearless leader said it could be 3 or 4 but I had to decide which one before his feet hit the water, I wondered if he remembered just who he was talking to??
There was plenty to do on this course, and a few places that could easily catch someone off guard.
I was doing all I could not to imagine what it would be like if I actually pulled this off.
Could BadEventer possibly double her number of life time first place ribbons? (Yep, in 35 years of eventing I have exactly ONE first place.) And that was YEARS ago.
I sat myself down and reminded Bad Eventer of her goals.
- Stay on the horse
2. Don’t fall off in the water
3. Remember FOR ONCE, please for once, to slip the damn reins when we jump in
4. Remember my course
5. Don’t do anything really stupid
AND IF 1 though 5 are going well, only then think about just maybe, possibly trying to make time.
The water went perfectly………
and I even slipped the reins! Boom!
And the verdict is……………………
We didn’t make time.
But no worries
We had a 14 second lead, and came in 11 seconds over optimum time.
To see how the weekend ended with Baby T-Rex, see The Rest of the Story Part 2