Saturday rolled around and I had a dressage lesson in the morning and then stadium late afternoon. The dressage went really well. We really focused on straightness. I need to stop over riding him, but overall Nick was very pleased with our flat work. It didn't go the full 45 minutes but Pongo and I were both drenched in sweat and Nick didn't want to drain the tank since we were jumping in the afternoon.
I watched the other groups go and Nick set up some challenges (the prelim/training group had issues). He kept just lowering the height and asking the same things from all the groups. I thought he might let up for my group, but I was wrong. None of the people in my group have jumped a lot, so the technical aspects were challenging. I think instead of being at 2 feet we were closer to 2'3"-2'6". Either way we all survived.
It started off with a grid that was a vertical, bounce, one stride, bounce, bounce, to an oxer. Once we did that a couple times we added a right turn with a wide rollback to a pink jump then a sharp (to me) turn to a vertical. Then we would swing around go through the grid again with another tight turn into an oxer and four strides to a vertical. Pongo and I struggled with the turns. We blew through several before we finally got it together and made them. Unfortunately, we never managed to get a whole series were we got both turns. With time, my riding will get better and his adjustability will too.
Sadly I didn't get any pictures or videos from this day. Overall I was pleased with our effort. My riding could have been better but Pongo was very honest and willing. There were a few lines that I set up horribly and he still tried his little heart out.
Where are my cookies????