Alright, enough of the mushiness; onto the show recap.
Dressage was on grass, which initially worried me since the footing's pretty hard right now, but I checked it out before hand & the footing was actually pretty good. We got a little less warm up time than I would have liked because it took a long time to walk XC (couldn't find the start box...) and the tack check/gate lady sent us into the ring early. Since we were the first to go in the division, the judge wasn't back from her break yet & ended up being quite late so we had to bide the time & re-warm up a bit. Anywho, Cadence was strong. She'd figured out that dressage was the thing you completed before you're allowed to jump... and was pretty strong. Still, she put in a decent test. I found the judge's comments a bit odd. She said we lacked hind end engagement, were a bit tight in the neck (agreed), a little low in the frame, a bit heavy in the forehand (sort of agree), and that I needed more leg & to be more effective. I'll post the video though, & people can judge for themselves. Anywho, we sat pretty in third after dressage with a 48.
These are all just video stills... but they give you a glimpse.
She was strong in the warm up, but relatively responsive. They were running about 15 min late, so we had a 'stop n go' warm up, but managed alright & were right on our game by the time we entered the ring. Unfortunately, we came into the first fence just a wee bit flat & strong and Cadence, being her typical self and not respecting the 2'9 max height, tapped down the top rail. She was good & careful after that though! But the 4 faults moved us back into 6th place.
Trotting away from our salute
Second fence... well clear!
Mare says 'Wheeeee!'
Beginning the turn
First fence in the 2 stride combo... caught at an awkward moment
A bit deep to the second thanks to her BIG jump in
Final fence. I like this pic... she looks so happy
Cross was... awesome. She was strong, and pretty much 100% on her game. It took about half of the 14 jump course to settle her, but she was never out of control- just strong. Man is she a fun horse to ride though! She takes you to the base of the fence and then some. We went clear, qualifying us for champs, and had a wicked fast run coming in close to a minute under the 5:30 optimum time.