Waking up at 6am after two hours of sleep was painful. I was mentally and physically exhausted, but I rolled my butt out of bed to support my teammates. I valiantly hoped that today would be a better day, but I should have known better. Two hours of sleep is just not enough!
Regardless, I helped L get her two horses ready for the Hunter Stake. Her first horse can be a bit difficult, and unfortunately her mare’s head just wasn’t in the game. She spooked at the photographer who was by the first jump and they just never got back in sync after that. What surprised all of us however, was that her second horse, Diamond, did the same thing!! I’ve never seen Diamond stop before, but she did.
Luckily, it seemed that those who had bad days on Saturday were redeemed on Sunday. Our short stirrup rider who went off course yesterday finished Sunday with a division Champion. Hallelujah for small victories!
I didn’t show until early afternoon, and by then I just had no energy left. I should have just scratched to begin with, but I wanted so badly to ride. The warm-up started out okay, until I got Miles to an impossible distance and he stopped. It was polite and slow motion, but I still hit the dirt. I fell on my feet hard and then sort of collapsed into the jump, knocking it everywhere.
I was really shaken up and of course I started to cry (why is my default emotion tears?!) and decided to scratch the over fence classes. Miles deserves a competent ride, and I just didn’t have it in me to do that on Sunday. I was frustrated and disappointed in myself… but that’s life. All I could do was work with what I had at that point – which was two hours of sleep. I did make myself get back on and jump a small vertical, just to prove to myself that I could do it.
I still rode in the flat class and Miles was great. We ended the show with a 3rd out of five in the under saddle and I enjoyed it. Sometimes Miles is just a pleasure to ride and in that moment, that’s exactly what I needed.
After that, we loaded up and headed home. I’ve never been so relieved to be home for a horse show and it took the better part of two full days for me to recover.