After my confident ride at CAF for the May Flowers show I was looking forward to (and slightly dreading) Leg Up. It's a fancy place with a fancy atmosphere and it tends to make my knees quake a bit.
Luckily a fantastic opportunity has come up and it looks like I'll be able to get to the June CAF HT. I think it'll be an excellent place to get another show jumping round in, as well as get more confident on a full XC course. I need to really look at my budget especially given that unfortunate speeding ticket I need to pay soon. Suck. Although we did Dan Hobyn last year (sniff, miss that place already) it was their version of Starter and nothing was over 18 inches. It also really doesn't go "away" from the crowd much so I don't think it brings up any issues you might have with leaving "home."
I'd really like to get more comfortable cantering my XC fences (or at least between them) so we don't rack up as many time penalties as we have in the past. I would have came in 1st or 2nd the last two times I went to Leg Up with Nikki had it not been for all the trotting on the XC course. As it was we finished a respectable 4th and 3rd so nothing to complain about. I feel mostly comfortable cantering Annie out in the open and I'm hoping we get to do a little XC under an expert eye this weekend so I can work on that some more. I worry mostly about my support for her in any spooky fence instances.
After that Leg Up on June 29th.
Also, drum roll please........ depending on how the next two shows go I'd like to do BN stadium at the CAF August show. Last year in November those BN fences only went up one whole hole from my Starter fences and we've already had some practice over the panels. Probably not ready for BN XC by August but I'd really like to move toward BN.
So there you go. I'll know more about the June show after my lesson this weekend, I've decided to wait until then, look at finances, and talk to LAZ about which division she thinks I should be in. The GAG is awful small, but we all know how much bigger fences look on competition day.