My mom is coming for a visit! I haven't seen her in at least four years, maybe even five. She's excited to meet my equine family, as they are new since she last visited. When my mom called and asked what my schedule was like, I said that she should plan her visit in time for Sunday's show. She was very excited as she's never seen me compete with my horses. I am kind of excited about it, too. Even though I am all grown up, it will be very satisfying to give my mom a blue ribbon. Now I am glad I am the only rider in my class!
How great is it when we have one AHA moment after another? Pretty darn great. I do not mean to sound like a dork here, but I am finally understanding how to use the inside and outside aids AT THE SAME TIME! Sydney was back under saddle on Friday for more trot work and less walking. He was all Dr. Jekyll, with none of Hyde's dastardly behavior anywhere in site. We worked on soft, relaxed circles with changes of direction. I love how I can feel him change his bend when I change my seat.
Tomorrow is my fifth dressage show of the season with Speedy G. It is also a rated show which means it is an opportunity for us to qualify for the Regional Adult Amateur Championships. We have to score a 65%. Can we? Yes. Will we? I don't know, but I am feeling good about the show. I have a new comfy saddle that keeps me much more balanced, and I have a bit more confidence in my riding ability than before. We're also showing at a place that I really enjoy, and the warm up arena is HUGE. I am loving that part of it!
Rest in peace Sparks. Hey mom! And finally ... Here's to a fun-filled weekend!