cleaning my filthy dirty and now wet and angry horse. Poor wet Annie.
LAZ generally has some sort of deal with the weather gods where it might rain in concentric circles around her property but not actually on her property. However, she made a blood sacrifice for good weather for another event and promised to allow it to rain at this specific show, thus it rained, and poured. There was standing water in the dressage ring and in show jumping but the footing is good and solid underneath so no problems with the going.
We had a SUPER dressage test, Annie kept her head down mostly because she was afraid of drowning
but I'll take all the help I can get! She was a little on the conservative side in her forwardness but I didn't want to push for more in the pouring rain, I was asking her to do something outside the norm already. I think that I'll be wishing for rain on dressage in the future from now on (nobody shoot me please) because her test put us in 2nd place out of 12, quite a big division.
Then we had show jumping. Annie was all business as usual in warm up and I did my usual jump 4 fences and then get the heck out of dodge before I screwed something up and rattled my confidence.... hey it works for me!
The starter course felt easy, organized, and rhythmical. I counted my strides, I made mostly good turns, the jumps came easily. Here's a photo of us skipping comfortably over a fence. Ho hum. No big deal here. Go Annie!