* Apollo finished with one rail and no time in SJ, for a total score of 37.8 and a fourth place. Hooray! Go Apollo!
* The other horses, except for the stallion, had some difficulties: total green-bean moments for one, another uncharacteristically lost his ever-loving mind in SJ, a third decided coffins just weren't his thing, et cetera.
* This ended up being a lesson in Grit It Out for me, honestly. All kinds of stuff, from the stomach flu that dropped half of us over the weekend and horses that decided not to come out to play, happened, and everyone just dug in and did what they needed to do. Everyone supported each other, and everyone got on and rode at their prescribed times. Eventers are SO EFFING COOL, y'all. I was deeply impressed by the attitude everyone showed, and it made me think about my own riding and attitude.
* Next time, I will:
o Have studs and stud holes for Apollo's shoes
o Not forget my saddle (I don't know why I didn't think I'd need it; I was planning on riding on Sunday all along)
o Bring more food to share for dinners. Maybe tamales, a la my best friend's camping tradition, or marinated steak to grill or something. Chorizo went over well, too.
o Not use Expedia for hotel
o Probably stay on site, especially if I can arrange a new tent
o Braid Apollo myself, just for fun
o Actually be entered to ride! :D
I didn't get any pictures of SJ, but here are a few more of XC, taken by a friend with Sunsprite Sporthorses:
|Cantering along between fences 3 and 4. Apollo is requiring some riding here ...|
|Love this horse, love this photo! Good ride, Attila!|
Note to self: get blue and white XC boots of some sort.