El Sueno's ride management does a lovely job. There are gift bags for the riders, the rings are lovely, the warm-up is HUGE, and the staff cruises through the barns regularly to keep things tidy and well organized.
By the way, if you're ever at a show and you see Hilda, be brave and give her a hello. She's the nicest person and always quick to give compliments. As Speedy and I walked by, she said that he was a very nice horse and then she even complimented MY blingy helmet.
Chemaine gave me "permission" to really use my spur when Speedy won't get off my inside leg. She kept encouraging me to POKE HIM hard enough so that he jumped away from my leg. So the aid goes like this: half halt with the outside rein, ask with inside leg, poking as necessary.
The idea of poking him just cracked me up. She had me POKE HIM several times in a row, and then she had me ask him with just my calf. That did the trick. As long as I gave him a stiff reminder every now and then, he stayed pretty responsive to my inside leg which helped me get a better inside bend.
All of this poking was put to use in the canter especially. Speedy wants to look to the outside for the canter and sag his ribcage in on my inside leg. You can't get any inside bend that way. It took some schooling on Saturday, but by Sunday, I had a real feel for what it took to get him off my inside leg so that I could get a better bend.
Tomorrow … Saturday's tests.