I have been on edge since arriving here. This happens when I get stressed. And I am stressed because I really want to do well. And by do well I mean win first place in the competitive pleasure division. This is the division with the most riders – nearly 20 so the odds of my doing well are close to non-existent.
I’m riding with Pete who will be riding Tinni. This was a good decision. Hrimmi wasn’t ready to do this – plus it’s humid and hot here, and because she’s bulky, this slows her down some. But this is her decision.
I’ve had a few moments when my edginess has materialized and I have been off center in dealing with others. I am striving for a day, tomorrow, when I am on center all day.
I’ve cleaned up both horses and braided their manes. I have groomed them, and my trailer area is in order. This is what I’m now envisioning. I want to ride with Pete, and be at the rear of the pack. This way, we can treat this event like it’s a trail ride in the hood. I picture us going to Grizzly Camp. Raudi and I will be one. I will be in balance. She will also, as she has been doing, respond to the movement of my seat. We’ll get to the pulse and respiration stops and she will stand quietly and in fact take a snooze, as will her buddy Tinni.
My good friend Fran will be taking photos at various points of the ride – and Raudi will pause for the photo op. I won’t be nervous then, or later.
Raudi will excel when we come to obstacles and are judged accordingly. After, I will say, well, she and I did well because we were both calm, cool, and collected.
And the end of the day evaluation – the judges are going to be awed by my horse who will have finished the day’s ride with flying colors.
It’s going to be a great day all around. I can feel it in my bones. It will be breezy, and end up being a memorable day that I will never forget. Yes, this is what I am striving for.
Next: 207. 7/30/17: Keep Going, Keep Going