After months of rain and a working roster that wouldn’t quit, I saw an opportunity to take my Freddy to a Dressage Competition. I had been training the Canter long enough and it was time to see if he could handle Preliminary Dressage.
And besides a trip interstate is always a good thing!
I decided to drive up the day before and camp out in my float, I figured this would settle Fred and I would wake up full of energy for the Sunday.
This was also a grand opportunity for me to use my Earlwood Equine Show Rug for the first time! He looks so handsome in it!
This was also the first time I had been away competing since my PTSD diagnosis in 2014, so I wanted to go. I wanted to challenge myself mentally and physically on this weekend away.
It was so cold in that float! Even though I had a camp bed and a sleeping bag there was an hour or so there where it was freezing! I was happy and positive though as I ate my dinner surrounded by hay.
I had made sure to pack a Fleece Rug and a Waterproof Winter Combo for my Freddy; but I had a single sleeping bag!
Any horse rider would know that is typical, the horses always get the best of things. The next day I woke so excited and yet nervous at the same time.
Our draw times were Preparatory C at 07:51, Preliminary 1:2 at 08:26 and Preliminary 1:1 at 09:49.
I had my game face on at 7am as I mounted my trusty steed!
It was so cold still when we did our Prep C test, but it went well and Freddy tried so hard for me.
The Prelim 1:2 and 1:1 was a success. I was stoked!
My goals for this show were simple; get the correct canter lead in every test, every time.
We accomplished that and I was so proud of his efforts. Freddy was patient when I was unbalanced at times, and he showed me nothing but respect the entire weekend. He was no trouble, didn’t fuss, never spooked and had my back throughout the whole weekend.
I felt he almost knew I needed him to support me; and he did. I am truly blessed to have my Freddy as my equine partner in this journey.
So… now to the scores.
We ended up coming 8th in the Preliminary 1:1 on a score of 59.32%, 9th in the Preliminary 1:2 on a score of 57.21% and 6th in the Preparatory C with a score of 58%. That meant we were taking home a gorgeous ribbon! I was so proud of Freddy and me!
We drove home, making it through the “Tick Gate” at the border unscathed and I just kept smiling. New goals now, more Dressage, more confidence building and more smiles.
It was truly a big step to even consider going and to be honest I wasn’t sure how I would go. I am so proud of myself that I did it and got through the weekend and I feel stronger from doing so!
The Gold Coast Equestrian Club was wonderful! The day ran so smoothly and professionally and everyone was smiling. It made it such a lovely experience for us.
You can find the clubs Facebook page here if anyone would like to check it out.
Happy Riding & Keep Smiling… Mel