2. It was the best of times, it was the worse of times. We got both the best score to date, and the worst. Really not the show I had hoped for.
3. I give up, I need to have someone to call my tests for the rest of my life. Seriously, I forgot the test TWICE? We're well into the realm of ridiculousness now. At least I didn't get us eliminated, but it was a close thing.
4. Next time I'm at a show for this long, I'm getting a tack stall. Schlepping all your stuff back and forth to the trailer daily (a 10 minute walk) is a PITA (whine, whine, whine).
5. After 3 hours in a trailer next to Paddy, my trainer's grey mare that used to hate him now thinks he's the best thing ever. There's nothing like a trailer ride to make a new BFF!
6. That moment when you're braiding your horse's forelock (so you can't let go) and he starts grabbing things out of your braiding belt and dropping them on the floor. Thanks, buddy.
7. Stemless wine glasses are the best prizes EVER. Because who doesn't need something to drink wine in? (Note: there were only two people in my class, so the blue ribbon isn't as exciting as it might seem.)
Also note the 8 on the centerline, thank you very much.
8. Yes, after one of our fantastically crappy rides where he bolted off down the long side in canter (again), I really did post to FB asking if anyone wanted a free Haflinger. I was kidding. Mostly.
9. Despite the bad rides, I was sad that I hadn't signed up to show Sunday. Next year, I'm going to stay for all 4 days. More time to ride, more time to watch, more time to visit!
10. No matter how bad your rides were, at the end of the day, it's still just a horse show and a learning experience. Plus, there were some people who had amazing rides who were absolutely inspiring to watch. It just makes me more determined to keep working hard and come back next year ready to shine!
And it wasn't all awful, we did have some really good moments!