Lucyad, Capalldubh and myself decided to have a wee go at the Winter Series Trec competiton yesterday. None of us had ever done anything like it (in fact, it was Capalldubh and Jacksons first ever party of any sort!). I was blind terrified at the thought of taking Arnie into an arena and we really didnt have a clue what to expect.
And it turns out we had a whale of a time
Arnie took to it far better than I had hoped for. We had a minor technical hitch with a scary shed in the slow canter and fast walking was apparently also not an option (it was much easier to jog). The low branches foxed me completely but the organisers let my pal lead me under them at the end (and I knocked them down with my backside
). He walked over all the scary tarpaulin things and bending is clearly our forte (although we managed zero for it as I missed the final cones).
I managed to come last but I prefer to think of it as "leaving some room for improvement"
Jackson was a star - he took most things in his stride and was particularly keen on the jump at the end - he took off in canter looking for some more to jump
And Oscar, big Oscar - who refused point blank to even look at our practice version of low branches last week. I'll let the photos tell their own story!
and my little Splash puppy (it was his first horse show too!)