Equestrian Exhaustion

I made a slight mistake recently, regarding the world of online horse showing: I signed up for too many classes.

It’s not much of a problem unless you factor in that I decided to treat it like an intensive, self-made three day event with 20 classes spread out. Thankfully the third day is a week or so off, or Hank and I would probably be lying in the middle of the arena asleep for a week.

So what did I sign us up for? Everything I thought we could do.

  • English Pleasure
  • Hunter Under Saddle
  • 2’3″ jumping
  • Showmanship – English and Western
  • Horsemanship/Equitation
  • Bareback
  • Trail – in-hand and ridden
  • Western Dressage – Intro tests 3 & 4
  • Western Pleasure
  • Ranch Riding
  • Open W/J & W/J/L
  • Go as you please

I bet I missed something in there, but that’s the gist at least.

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Why all these classes? Well, why not?

Sure, with all these classes it’s a little pricey, but it’s still less than traveling to a registered show. We can do all this from the comfort of our own barn, taking all the time in the world to get a good filming run.

Besides, I want to prove something to myself (and maybe to others). Hank and I can do all these different disciplines, all without any formal training. Placing decently in the classes is just icing on the cake.

This show just opened up, so results won’t come in until the end of the month.

In fact, we’re still getting results from last month’s show. Once all our results come in (and the ribbons), I’ll make a vlog about it.

Until then, I need to relearn my diagonals and get jumping … after a few days of rest.


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