It’s Monday, and I’m already nervous about the horse show this weekend. I know it’s because I want to try to move up to the 2’6″ division, and I just don’t quite feel ready. But I also know that I will never feel 100 percent prepared. I bought a horse that can easily show 2’6″, is athletic enough to take care of me and forgiving of my mistakes… but I still have butterflies in my stomach.
My decision has been further complicated by two things: (1) USEF and (2) a slight change in the show’s schedule. The first is entirely my own fault… see I thought it was a brilliant idea to not renew my USEF/USHJA membership until I knew I was moving up to 2’6″. Our show circuits are kind of weird around here, and even though they are technically “B” rated, some divisions are not rated at all, and do not require memberships. Our 2′ Limit divisions do not require membership, 2’6″ does. So I waited until last week to go online and renew. My memberships were easy enough, but it turns out that changing Miles’s ownership was not so simple. I ended up having to submit a notarized “Ownership Affidavit” to USEF, and am still waiting to hear whether or not it’s going to be approved.
Stupid, stupid, stupid me for waiting!
The second complication is actually a good thing… but it’s still not making my decision any easier. At this particular show series they always host a special night class. Usually it’s the same one at each show every year, and typically in May it’s an Equitation Medal. Each special night class always has three fence heights: 2’3″, 2’6″ and 3′. The fence height you show in is determined by the height of your regular hunter division. I have no desire to show in an equitation medal, so I really wasn’t factoring in the special night class at all.
However, last night I got an email from show management that they changed the special night class in May from the Equitation Medal to the 1st Annual “Heels Down, Eyes Up” Pam Graham Memorial Hunter Team Classic.
And I really, really want to show in it. Not only because I feel like it’s something I can do about this terrible tragedy (50% of entry fees are going into her son’s trust), but because I want to show support to my barnmates, and to the local equestrian community as a whole.
Aside from that though, the class sounds like tons of fun: teams of two horses/riders complete a two-round hunter course, with all scores combined for the final placings. I know Miles and I couldn’t totally show in the 2’3″ section, and it would be super fun to team up with my best friend N, who is showing our trainer’s horse, Diamond.
What to do, what to do?