To cut to the chase: it went fairly well. We ended up fourth in a decent-sized division.
|Dressage: better energy, still needing more uphill balance. All photos by David Mullinix.|
|Good boy Taco. 33.2|
We ran cross country next. This was my first time running at Poplar, and I loved the feel and layout of the course. The championship course added a few extra combinations, which Taco ate right up. I was much better at adjusting the pace in preparation for jumps and getting to the base (as opposed to Chatt Hills, where I didn't bring him back enough and had some long spots). I had a couple of time penalties, for being a little too slow this time as opposed to too fast.
|The boat after the water|
Showjumping was our best round since the AECs last September. As with dressage, I still needed to improve Taco's balance at times, including to the first fence, where I had a rail. But for most of the round we had decent energy and balance. Taco jumped great, for his part.
Overall, it was an improvement on our last time out, and I was delighted with how lovely Taco was. He is so consistent and professional, and a joy to compete!
Next Wednesday, June 1, we travel to Indiana for the Indiana Eventing Association T3D. We did our last gallop today, and we will do one more dressage and one more showjump school before we leave. The goal this time is to finish-- and to continue to build consistent pace and balance, in all three phases. And enjoy ourselves, of course!