My new horse, Costa and I attended the Jacaranda & Mental Health Awareness Dressage Day on November 4, 2018.
I had only been riding him for a few weeks but the relationship is gelling nicely, after a bit of a stop-start at the beginning and things are as they should be.
He is a lovely and well bred steed and he has a funny personality that is starting to show and I am really enjoying getting to know him and also that he has a little bit of a funny side! Just like Freddy, he likes to grab buckets and caps and play with them and I am so enjoying this time. As I always say “Life is for the living”
It was pretty hot on the Sunday. I was judging the Preparatory Dressage in the morning and it was so nice to see everyone in either their purple for Jacaranda or their multi-colour for Mental Health!
I took it quite easy on him due to the heat in the warm up for the Novice 2:2. I had never ridden this test before and never competed on Costa before, so why not just jump in and see what happens!
See below for a middle morning update!
We then rode the Preliminary 1:1 and the 1:2.
We won the Preliminary 1:1 on a score of 67.72%, I was so shocked, because I didn’t think it rode well; but it must have 🙂
We rode the Preliminary 1:2 and I made a course error, how?? I will never know. I have never made a course error, but there I was riding the best test and I just added a Preliminary circle at A!! I blew it. I would have gone on to get a 68% or thereabouts and instead came 6th. I won’t do that again will I!! silly Mel
Anyway it was a great day and I am super happy…
Here is a end of day Vlog…
Wherever you are in the world I hope you are smiling..
We are off to the Pan Pacific Masters Games on the Gold Coast tomorrow and I am so excited. Nervous and excited!
This is a 2018 goal of mine and I am so happy to be able to go.