Because of scheduling and who knows what else, I actually rode Training Level Test 3 before Test 2. I was actually kind of glad because I felt far more pressure to do well on T3 as it was one of the tests I would ride on Sunday in the RAAC classes. I was able to just get it done without dwelling on it during T2.
My first ride was at 11:20 a.m. so I had plenty of time to braid, tack up, and get ready. I entered at A feeling the best I've felt in a long time. The judge's booth was changed over night so I suspected that Speedy would be spooky as we trot up the center line. I was right. We normally score quite well as we enter at A, but the whole way to X he was going forward while trying to dart left or right. I kept my spurs on and worked both reins pretty firmly, but he didn't get away from me. Victory!
For the three shows prior to the RAAC, Speedy has managed to spook hard enough to jump off the track causing us to lose two points for going off course. I figured that no matter how hard I had to ride him, I was not going to let him scoot away. While we didn't go off course, we still lost some points for the shying; we only earned a 5 for movement one, and the judge wrote some pretty harsh comments on her further remarks, Rider needs more tactful hand aids especially with [a] fairly severe bit.
She also docked me for rider's correct use of the aids as well as for our apparent lack of harmony. I see where she was going, but I had to keep him moving forward. After that little fight, I had no more attempts at spooking during the rest of the weekend. My "correction" obviously hurt our score, but I felt that it was the best I could do right then.
One interesting thing I noticed about this test and the T3 test the next day was that as we completed our 20 meter circle on the right lead and had to trot straight to the next corner at H for a trot transition at C, Speedy got really heavy, and I had to use a ton of ugly rein to slow him down for the turn. This is something I need JL to help me with. For both T3 tests we earned 4s for our transition back to trot at that particular spot.
Aside from the shying as we entered and the heavy right lead canter, I was very pleased with the test. I didn't make any course errors, and Speedy never got away from me. In retrospect, it probably was a 58.400% ride. At the time, it felt so, so much better than what we had done before that I was certain we had to have earned at least a 60%. Here are the results from that test. We finished 13th out of a class of 14 with a score of 58.400%