So my horse Nate is getting a little older, but he always surprises me what he can do. Nate and I used to show back in the day, but now that he’s in his golden years, we usually just stick to some light ring work, trail riding, and relaxed easy bareback halter rides. I was at my barn the other day and they were having a barn dressage show, it was a ride-review-ride type of show where they give you a mini-lesson in-between tests, and it a great way to learn while showing. I’ve NEVER done any kind of dressage with Nate before, but I thought that we might as well give it a try, especially since the show was on his birthday!
On the day of the show, Nate was turning 21, so I brought a beer for him (just in case!), but we of course couldn’t crack it open before competing! When I brought him into the barn he was covered in mud head to toe, so grooming took a little longer than anticipated… and we also learned that the show was running an hour early! So, it was probably the fastest and least fancy grooming and braids I’ve ever done before a show, but we made it in time!
As we walked into the ring, I was a little nervous because I had never done dressage before and had no idea what to expect.
“Saluting the judge…I didn’t really practice that…I hope I don’t mess it up!”
But there was no turning back now, so in we went. After some slight spooking at the judge’s booth and a misplaced pitchfork, we got our act together and started. Even at 21, Nate still puffs himself up as though he’s a young spry one competing at a large show. The judge even commented that she couldn’t believe he was turning 21, because he was acting like a two year old!
After a great ride I was so proud of Nate that I didn’t care how we placed. And then it turned out we won our class! Yayy Nate!
So we celebrated by eating cake! (I decided not to crack open the beer…feeding your horse a beer isnt really the best thing to do when there are lots of families around!)
As always, I’m so proud of my Natey. He’s 21 and is still winning classes and is probably the most well rounded horse I know. Winning our first attempt at dressage was a pretty cool feat, and I can’t wait to have many more adventures with him! ¬¬