Misty attended her first show of 2012 (4th total) on June 3rd. It was a Maryland Dressage Association schooling show, and since we had such a wonderful experience at her first dressage schooling show last November, I couldn’t wait to compete in this one!
This show was at Olney Farm in Joppa, which is just a few miles from my boarding stable – perfect! I was riding in two Intro Novice tests and my first one was at 8:50. We arrived at 8 on the dot and I unloaded Misty from her trailer.
Right away I could tell she was going to be a handful. Usually my girl handles going off the farm in stride, but she definitely had ants in her pants that day! She was manageable, but just wouldn’t stand still. I also think it was her time of the month, if you know what I mean.
Understandably, I was a pretty nervous going into the ring because Misty wasn’t her usual dead-quiet self…but as soon as we entered and started our test, she was fine. She was definitely still a little looky – but she was listening to me and performing well…better than I thought she would given her earlier behavior.
We finished the test well and scored a 2nd place finish out of it – I guess the judge was impressed with Misty’s vocals!
All-in-all, it was a good day. Although she was a little wired, when the time came to get down to business, Misty was able to get her head in the game for the most part. It was a good first show of the season – looking forward to quite a few more this year!