This past weekend Mastercraft (EZ) and I completed our first Intermediate together. I honestly never expected to make it this far with this horse. Coming off the cross country course today, I was practically in tears because I was just so happy.
But I am jumping ahead of myself. So here is the story of my Intermediate Move-Up weekend!
I think we all know that this is not what a trailer tire should look like. But unfortunately that is (was) my trailer tire. As we were on our way to Chatt Hills in Fairburn, Georgia this guy drove past us waving us down. It seemed to be a little smoke coming from behind us, but it was actually us. So we pulled over onto the side of I-75, looked in disbelief, and wondered why this always happens to us. But my bad luck with cars is another blog for a rainy day! After we figured out what was going on we got the tire off, and limped on three wheels to the rest stop a mile up the road. Then we unloaded EZ, switched the side of the trailer he was on, and drove to Advanced Autoparts. After 4 hours, several fails, a changed bearing, and walking my horse around Advanced and CVS in Macon, GA, we made it to Chatt around 11 PM.
Braided and in bed by 1:15 AM when I had to be up at 6 was very saddening. But EZ had a super nice flat school before chilling and heading to the ring. We only did long and low warm up. We didn't collect the reins, canter, or do a simple shoulder in. I have a few things to adjust but this was one of our most relaxed tests. Even though I forgot the words to "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" while I was in the ring!
We show jumped that afternoon. Let me tell you. I was honestly a bit in awe that I was competing against all these upper level people. But I went to business and am thankful for the people who helped set jumps. Caroline Martin and Jessie Hartford ran it super efficiently, adjusting when anyone needed it! Jessie is my mother and my trainer so that is fun! I froze going into my first fence and had a rail, which was my fault. The final pole of the triple also came down, but for my first Intermediate it really isn't bad!
Cross Country was Sunday morning and my jitters that always come kicked in insanely early. I had two combinations I was a little worried about, just because they were tougher then something I had ever ridden before. But we headed out on the course and he was a cross country machine. Fences were coming up so fast! I made it through the ones I was worried about super smoothly. Fence 14 I lost my stirrup. As I galloped I tried to get it back, but as it was flapping I could not get it. So I just gave up trying to get it as it was slowing me down. There were 7 jumps left on the course including a massive table and two combinations.
I completed the course with 4.8 time penalties, which for my first Intermediate is amazing. I had the fourth fastest time of the day which moved me up to 7th place in my first Intermediate. All in all it was an amazing weekend and I am so excited to head out on the cross country course with EZ again in a month and a half!