I tried to calm myself as we trotted around the outside of the 20x60 arena. Cupid looked up at the judges booth but went by calmly. We trotted in, I went down to a walk a few steps before X, and we had a decent halt. We made it through the test, getting all the transitions and leads, but we were both tense. I wasn't sitting back, but I did try to make sure I wasn't holding the reins too short. Cupid got a tiny bit strong the second canter (to the right), but came back down to a trot. Our final halt I thought was better then I expected. Leaving the arena I was relieved it was over, but I wasn't totally happy. I just wished we had a little more time to get settled.
We went back to the warm up ring to do a little schooling, and Cupid was settling down. We did some 20 meter circles with a little shoulder in, then rode through a few squares at the trot and canter. Cupid was softening and starting to reach for the bit a little. I was also sitting up better. I made a joke that I wish I could ride this horse in the test, and my trainer said maybe I can, let's see if there is a spot open for us to go again. Be careful what you wish for! I got nervous again, which did affect my riding.
We rode our test a second time, much more relaxed. We had one error where I let Cupid transition from the canter to a trot a marker early, and I decided to just keep going. He was getting a little tired I think, though we didn't work that hard maybe it was just the nerves. But overall I thought it was pretty good.
|A few softer moments in the warm up ring|
Overall I was very happy with Cupid. Even though he was nervous, I felt like he was trying hard to be good. I think the judge saw that too, hence all the obedient comments. We both need to learn to relax, but this was a good stepping stone.
|Ready to go home!|