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I have a new pony.

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I proudly introduce SpiderWoman.

But I haven’t had her very long and we’re just getting to know each other.
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A week ago there was a last minute scratch at a show that I was already going to (The Zebrasaurus  won by the way)

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Anyway! There was an opening and I had the opportunity to take the new kid.

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My initial plan was just to do the dressage and then probably withdraw. You see, we have actually never jumped around a course together.

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We had one small jump lesson the week before and had just focused on a couple of gymnastics.


So we did the dressage at the show and it went well.

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As I was looking at the Novice show jumping course, having just won Prelim,  

(Fabulous artwork of the Zebrasaurus by the BadEventGroom)

I think I was feeling rather bullet proof. Even on a horse I’ve never jumped a course with.

Shrugging woman in doubt doing shrug showing open palms.

Why not?!!

I decided to see how she warmed up and I was prepared to withdraw from warm up at any point!

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It was mostly uneventful, and we put in a slightly “energetic” but double clear show jumping round.

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and I thought…….. you know……… it’s going well so far…………….. It’s Novice…………………surely I can lope around cross country……………………..

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And off we went putting in a clear XC at a show we hadn’t even entered!

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So this weekend, we actually HAD entered the show and, this is super funny, we were entered in Beginner Novice.

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Having just jumped around Novice the weekend before, with NO practice, I decided Novice should be fine so we moved up.

As I walked the course I noticed one of the training questions and was thinking that I would throw it in for practice. The Novice course had an up & down bank, and the training did the same bank with a bending 4 stride to a roll top. It seemed easy enough and I thought I’d just add in the roll top while I was out there. One training fence, no problem.

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As I was discussing the plan I mentioned that I sure would like to do the training water but I can’t. Ever supportive, the BadEvent Groom said, “Sure you can! It’ll be fine!”

Hard to hear

I was NOT persuaded.

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See here is the thing. I’m a planner. I’m a thinker. I need to know PRECISELY where I’m going, what my line is, how many strides it is supposed to be, what to do if I get too many or too few strides, what landmarks I need to line the jump up with………

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There was no way I was jumping a big log into water with a bending line to HELLO a CORNER without walking the line or seeing where I should be jumping the corner,

no way

not happening

that would be CRRRRR AZY!

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I leave the start box and I let them know I’m going to throw in a few training fences.

Jump one was a log, yep, did the training jump.

Jump 2 a little ramp, yep, did the training jump.

Jump 3, a roll top, yep did the training jump.

And I just didn’t stop jumping jumps with black numbers.

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Mind you, I had NOT walked the training course and honestly had no idea what it was. I was just cantering along looking for white on black labeled jumps!

When I came to the water it was decision time, and I decided to go for it. We did the training log to the training corner. Oh yeah…….

This was the first time I’ve moved up a division by SURPRISE!

The Fearless Leader is always admonishing me that I think too much and sometimes I need to just ride. I don’t know if he’ll be proud or horrified, I guess I’ll find out when someone forwards this to him!

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Here’s the whole course!



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