Okay, when I first decided to do the RMIHC show in September (now three weeks away) I thought I would have two opportunities to practice my mad skillz before the show. There was a fun day with obstacles and a schooling show scheduled in August that would give me the opportunity to figure out if we would or should be entering a real show in September.
Then VSV happened and both of the above events got cancelled.
I'm terrified of looking like a fool. There are obstacles that we have never tried that could be part of the event on Saturday. The only redeeming thing I can look forward to is the obstacle clinic that's offered on Friday night with TJ. Yeah, the trainer I really want to work with but TMR won't allow her to train me at the barn. (Still a bit bitter about that, actually.) She is doing a training clinic for anyone who is interested.
I have the opportunity to work Ashke through all of the obstacles in the event on Friday night. I hope it will be enough.
I also got my dressage cones today and J said she would help me measure and mark where they go in the dressage arena, so I can practice my pattern in a 40 x 20 space. I'm not too worried about the dressage part, since Ashke has been doing the different parts of it really well.
I really am more worried about the obstacle phase for the Level 2 class. Ashke did great in the practice phase of the only schooling show we have been to, but then kind of lost his focus and part of his mind the next day.
We have been cantering a lot. Tonight we did circles around the indoor arena in both directions trying to maintain rhythm and tempo. Then I pulled out two cones and practiced the two barrel obstacle at the canter. It still needs work but we are miles ahead of where we were four weeks ago. Ashke is able to maintain the tighter circle we need for the obstacle and our simple lead change is coming along. If I can continue to practice those elements, maybe we can do the obstacle at a Level 2.
Scared though. Seems like a much bigger venue. That's how we learn and grow, right?