My second test of the day was in the same arena as earlier. The judge's tent was no longer an issue. We scored a 6.5 for our trot up the centerline. The canter departs were prompt without any fussing. I was even happy with our stretchy trot; it wasn't perfect, but there was some stretch. The judge commented, stretching out but unclear about stretching down. That's okay. It was an improvement!
I loved every detail of this test. Part way through the test I realized that I was smiling and having a great ride. There were no mistakes. He was as solid as I could help him be. As I exited at A, I told myself that I didn't care what the score was as I knew that was one of the best rides we'd ever done.
And then I went to get my score sheet. I burst into tears when I saw my score: 59.107%. It was ridiculous, I know, but after having just ridden a ride that I considered to be my personal best, I was shocked to see a score below 60%.
I didn't let anyone see me cry of course, but I found it necessary to hang out at my own trailer for quite some time before I could pull myself together. I even had to put in a call to Cha Ching's mom who made all of the right noises.
I am only sharing this with you out of my commitment to transparency. I am always honest in this space, and feel an obligation to be forthcoming.
I don't know who most of you are, but I do know that some of you at least are just like me: riders new to the sport with little or no previous showing experience. I am here to say that showing can be very humbling and very hard on your ego. Even if your ego is as tiny as mine, scores lower than what you expect are a very bitter pill to gag down. Phhht!
Here are the final class scores. We placed 7th out of a class of 8.