I was looking for things to do on Saturday and saw on Facebook that VDE was hosting another schooling show. Apparently the host trainer (who we now know from going to a lot of the same shows) had personally invited my husband when she saw him at JK the previous weekend. At the time we were waitlisted for a CT on Sunday and were planning to make a weekend trip to Camelot to go XC schooling. Thinking we would be gone, he told her we couldn’t go and never mentioned it to me. When we got off the waitlist, he had forgotten about it until I stumbled upon the fb event. We had a lot of fun at the VDE Halloween show last fall and Levi needs more experience so we decided to go.
I hate getting up early, but I wanted to get there early enough to do the warm up round because Levi apparently needs a warm up round. My husband’s response to that idea:
I am not a happy morning person. We got there around 8 to park, tack up, and go down and sign up for classes.My husband entered the medal as a warm up and the .9 optimum time jumpers and .9 speed jumpers. I decided to do the 2’6″ Division and the 2’6″ Medal class.
I initially signed up for 2 warm up rounds thinking we might need to redo anything he refused, but he was great. The warm up jumps were only set at 2′ and 2’3″, but they did have all the scary filler including the coop he was terrified of last time as well as a blue fence wall, a stone wall, and some butterflies.
While Levi certainly looked at some jumps (like the butterflies above) and overjumped everything (like usual), he was much more forward and eager than I expected. It probably helped that I had spurs. He backed off the the first jump, I nudged him with the spurs and he was like !!!!! and that was that.
We got over everything without a problem so I scratched my second warm up and we hung out for a bit watching the first division. Then it was time for the flat class. I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this before, but Levi and I are both really amazing at Eq on the flat.
We are beauty. We are grace.
I don’t know what happened to the other girl in this class because we got a completely undeserved 3rd out of 4. If you’re thinking maybe the judge just wasn’t looking at us for that one moment, I assure you, she had plenty of opportunity. Especially as he insisted on cantering for most of the trotting sections.
Eq was up next. The course was pretty easy to memorize, but a few turns to make it a little more interesting than the usual outside line to diagonal and repeat.
Levi, freshly confident from his warm up round, was on fire for the Eq round.
I don’t even care. Seriously. No sarcasm, no joking: I didn’t care. I was just happy that he was going forward and going over the jumps. That’s all I want. Well, it’d be nice if he could not chip in at every jump, but we’ll get to that later. Going forward to the jumps is what I want right now.
We were all clear got 3rd out of 4th for this round too. The hunter round was up next. The course was pretty simple, but that’s fine: all the easier to memorize.
Once again, Levi was eager and seeking jumps. He wasn’t very hunterly though and we got 3rd out of 3rd.
3 yellow ribbons in a row! The Medal class had 7 entries and was a pretty cool course with a halt and a trot fence as well as being a bit more twisty/windy with a bending line and a sort of rollback.
I liked this course. It was challenging, but it flowed nicely. The 4th jump was an oxer coming off a fast line so halting after was a good test and I watched some riders struggle with it. Levi thought that was a dumb idea, but he did it. And he even stayed in trot for the trot jump. Although he was extra confused about how his feet worked with that one.
Although he was getting in really deep to every jump, he’s so good at scrambling his knees up into the air, he leaves everything up.
We were clear for the round and managed a 6th out of 7. I was excited to finally win a 6th place ribbon, but the ribbons were fun colors so it won’t work for my craft. But they were really cute ribbons. I tried to get a picture of Levi with all his ribbons, but he wanted to eat them instead and was annoyed that I wouldn’t let him.
I thought I was done at that point, but the show ended up running the judge’s command and bareback classes before lunch (instead of after). My husband loves bareback classes and decided to enter. He cajoled me into entering as well. Levi is very comfy bareback and I thought he might be tired from all his jumping. I pulled my spurs so I wouldn’t accidentally jab him if I got unbalanced. Since we were both doing that class, I didn’t get any pictures, but suffice it to say Levi was not tired. When the judge asked for canter, he decided to reinterpret that as porpoise leap and buck his way down the long side. Ugh. Not what we’re doing right now horse. I stuck it though and we carried on. I was prepared the next time she asked for canter and no hijinks were played, but we got 7th.
I had a lot of fun at the show. Everyone was nice and welcoming. The courses were a little easier than last time, but still challenging in terms of decoration. Levi wasn’t very hunterly in behavior, but he was a good jumper: forward and eager with no attitude. Stay tuned for Eugene’s adventures tomorrow.
wow i could NOT remember all those courses but how great Levi jumped so well. Like you said that is the object for now getting him over the jumps. I think this day was very good for Levi’s training. YAY. And ribbons to boot. (I really crossed my eyes at all the course learning though I can barely remember one course for one day) HA HA
The jumps are very pretty. I love when venues take time to make their jumps interesting (Well don’t love it if Remus is spooky but they are so pretty when they have all the filler)!
Hoping Levi continues to jump jump jump 🙂
Hunter courses are much easier to memorize because they’re all so similar. Outside line to diagonal to outside line, etc. Some combinations repeat like #1 to #2 in the medal course was the same as 4-5 in the eq. One of the reasons we really like this event is the decorated jumps. It’s much more helpful than plain poles for preparing them for eventing.
Good job Levi!! The spurs sound like they did the trick to convince him that you really mean jump.
Spurs definitely helped. But stay tuned for Sunday where the spurs nearly got me killed.
Yay Levi! Sounds like all this exposure is really doing him good. Here’s hoping all this bravery continues!
He’s been to so many shows now, I don’t think he cares at all. But new courses are a thing he needs.
well done!!! i know you probably miss nilla but i am loving reading about you and levi. you both try so hard!
I do miss Nilla a lot. I prefer her way of going to Levi’s. He’s a good boy, but he’s not my type of horse.
Sounds like things are moving in the right direction at least! He might have been sassy, but he was jumping great! I love those butterflies under the jump, so cute! (I’m sure Jamp would disagree with me though…)
I really like them too. So cute and potentially spooky.
That is great he was forward to the jumps though! Who cares about being hunter like if he’s being so good about cooperating!
my thoughts exactly.
Levi is a glorious unicorn.
I think he knows. He certainly seems to expect everyone to love him.
Extreme dapples!!! Picture 8 (over the butterflies) is awesome of you both. 😀
I love his dapples. He kinda needs a clip, but I don’t want to shave them off.
Such a good boy! I completely concur – who cares if it isn’t hunter-like if he’s finally taking you over the fences? And lots of satin! Congrats!
I think the judge cared, but we are nothing if not used to judges’ despair.
Omg that giraffe picture is amazing. That’s great he was seeking out the jumps so well this show, slowly but surely it seems like he’s figuring it out. And his dapples are the best!
Aw yay for having so much fun!! And so many pretty yellow ribbons for the pretty yellow pony 😉
GO LEVI! So glad he is going forward happily to the jumps. And those ribbons are fun-colored indeed! They still make a pretty picture.
Yes, forward to the jumps is a good priority! I love the photo of him jumping those butterflies. That is a really scary filler, but it looks so cool!
Those ribbons are fun!! And Levi just wanted to match and be a yellow pony with yellow ribbons 😊