WHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! Looks just like a hunter, doesn't he?
NOTE: Yes, I know, technically I’m not a beginner, because I’ve shown over 2’. But it’s been 12 years and it was on a different horse. And besides, I’m an eventer, so it doesn’t count. Right? Right.
Probably this does not qualify me for the 2' beginner class, but let's pretend.
So I started chatting with my jumping instructor. I haven’t jumped Saga for about a month, but it’s not like he can’t jump and it’s not like it’s very high. Paige and I decide that it would probably work out.
(Translation: Paige would not have to go hide under a rock and pretend like she doesn’t know me if I decided to go to the show.)
She didn’t have any lessons available this week, but I could come to the show grounds and school Friday afternoon. Uh, still mostly OK. I mean, I can hold it together with just one school the day before. Sure, no problem. Eventers are good at ‘getting around’ and ‘making it happen’.
But then we started to figure out the really tough issues:
Me: Should I wear my black jacket or my grey hunting tweed?
Paige: Wear your navy jacket.
Me: No navy. Black or grey.
Paige: ????? Wear the grey coat. With tan breeches.
Me: All my nice breeches are white. Full-seats.
See? Black coat, white full-seat breeches. We look AWESOME in the dressage arena!
Paige: Full-seats are not allowed. You sure you don’t have anything tan?
Me: Well… I have one pair of tan breeches, but they suck.
Paige: Wear them anyway. And bring a brown bridle to match your jump saddle.
Me: Uhhhh… I have black bridles, or black bridles with white padding.
There was a long pause in our text conversation at this point. I’m pretty sure I could hear her eyes rolling, wondering WTF she had gotten herself into at this point. I did take a moment to check out Craigslist, where I found a nice used brown Stubben hunt bridle for $100. The inner tack whore in me wants that bridle…
Paige: I’ll bring you a bridle.
Dammit, no new bridle for me.
So, that’s why I’m not going to this H/J show this weekend: I don’t have a navy coat, nice tan breeches, or a brown bridle. Fortunately, there’s a schooling dressage show NEXT weekend that we ARE going to. Hopefully THEY won’t mind my choice of attire.