I know what happened, and I missed the opportunity for an even better score. I learned a very valuable lesson at this show: two day dressage shows are tiring.
Are you a Survivor fan? Hubby and I are, and we never miss an episode. I've always said that if I ever make it on the show, I'll be one of those busy-bees who is always gathering wood and boiling water. I'll be hunting for crabs and tracking down coconuts. And the whole time that I am busting my hind end, I'll be mumbling under my breath about my lazy tribe members who just sit around all day in the hammock doing nothing. What I now realize is that those lazy people are actually saving up their energy for the challenges. And chances are, those people would win immunity and kick my busy-bee butt right out of the tribe.
The next time I go to a two-day show (hopefully in June), I'm going to spend a lot less time scurrying about and a lot more time in the lounge chair relaxing. What does this have to do with my final test of the weekend? Well, the truth is that I was too tired to really ride Speedy G like he needed me to do. I felt him come above the bit, but I was too tired to squeeze. I felt him lose a bit of impulsion, but again, I was just too tired to urge him forward. Hilda Gurney saw it, too. Look at her comment in the Collective Marks, needs more energy. Yep, I sure did! In her Further Remarks she adds, Ask more from your horse. I certainly should have.
Next time, I'm going to make sure I sit around a lot, and I'm going to have a cold Coke before I head off for that last test. Maybe a bit of caffeine and sugar will help with the lack of energy. No one's voting this rider off the island!