Last week I did my first competition here in Sweden with my new horse Vegas. The day before we "rehearsed" a bit with my trainer, just some flatwork and then we jumped a smaller course a couple of times. It felt great.
So the competition-day... I rode one 1m10 and one 1m20. In the 1m10 my riding was a bit lame at the start but I got it together during the course. In the jump-off I took it really slow because winning prices in 1m10 is not my goal with this horse. With this horse I want to jump much higher fences and therefore I want to make good rounds and be clear. In the 1m20 although.. I rode sooo so well and Vegas felt super fresh! There was some chaos in the warm-up ring, a rider fell off and a horse ran loose and there were just too many riders in there.. So he was a bit crazy haha. He is just so sensitive to sound and movement so I decided not to jump so much. As I said, in the ring he was so fresh.. He jumped amazing and I rode so focused and nailed all the distances at the beginning of the course. Then I came a little bit close on number 6, a vertical, and then there was quite a short turn to number 7 which were an oxer. And when I turned up to that fence I had way too little power from his hind legs and I couldn't decide if I wanted to go big or close on the fence. I ended up not deciding and basically my legs went off and my mind went blank and my horse stopped because I didn't give him any signals, my fault! After that I just took a quick turn, jumped it again and finished the course. I also got one down because I layed him way to close on a vertical. I was really unfocused after he'd stopped so the rest of the round was shit. I know I can do so much better, and for my horse these heights are a piece of cake so there really shouldn't be a problem for any of us. But I feel like my mind can't stay focused for long enough, and when I loose focus I stop riding. I am a bit disappointed in myself. My goal is to ride 1m30 before the end of this year. And before I do that I need to have three clear rounds in 1m20. I will train again on wednesday and then on Saturday we ride a 1m20 again. After that we will have two weeks to practice before the next competition.
Here's a picture from the competition!