Today was the first show in the Houston Dressage Society series. We brought Jajan and Diamante. Anna Young rode Jajan in the training level, and Savannah Harrington rode Diamante in the Introductory level tests. In the warm-up ring, Jajan was AWESOME, but the second he realized that he was alone in the ring, he got very upset. He tensed up and was calling to all his buddies in the barn. Nevertheless, we still ended up with a score of 62.2%. The next test was a bit better, he was more focused and ended up with a 63%. The last test, we took Diamante over to watch thinking maybe Jajan would be less stressed if he saw his buddy. That helped a bit, but at the same time Jajan lost all focus and seemed to forget everything he knows. That score ended up being a 61%. The first two test scores were good enough for First place, but the last one got 3rd place.
We had a bit of a break before Savannah rode, so we used the time to do a bit of planning for the Pin Oak horse show in March. Diamante was looking great, he was relaxed and responding beautifully. The biggest problem was that he was kind of bobbing his head. He wasn’t fighting the bit, but he wasn’t being steady. Savannah did a great job. Her scores ranged from 55-58. The biggest problem was picking up the wrong lead on test C. We are still happy because Diamante behaved well, and really did a good job. We know what we need to work on and it will be better by the next time.
After our rides, we had a fun meal at a Chinese buffet and visited a really nice tack store here in Katy…Charlotte’s Saddlery. I found all sorts of things to put on my wish list. Now, we’re relaxing in the hotel and watching TV. My fortune at the Chinese restaurant was: A quiet evening with friends is the best remedy for a long day. I think I’ll take that advice!