I was very upset about Championships (so upset I was thinking I would just skip showing ever again). Not about coming in 4th. It was that darn 54%. There’s no way my ride was a 54%. PJ and I have never gotten a 54% even when we didn’t pick up the canter! And if it was, then I should just quit riding now because I haven’t a clue what I’m feeling underneath me. I figured I got a 60% based on previous scores/rides and all of the scribing I’ve done. I was shocked by the low score. More than that. I was 3rd after the first class but in the second class, I was 7th!!! And I saw some of the other horses, and I’m sorry but I did better than someone who was running around on their forehand. (I’m not one to want to “beat” people. That’s not what I’m talking about. I just want everyone’s scores to be fair.)
Barbara said it was just one test and one judge and that I should move on. She would like to see the video on a big screen but what she saw on the little video camera screen she didn’t think was bad. It also helped that I had a good lesson despite the hurricane raging outside – that’s one reason I love this horse – he’s level headed and I don’t have to worry. She did say I had to stop riding with two whips, so that PJ didn’t realize there was such a change in how he’s supposed to go (no whips in Championships). I think I need to go to another show before the season is over to get my confidence back.