It was the clear round jumping show held by my local riding club,BRRA at Blaby Mill Stables today and we jumped!!!!
I have done these shows before on Hattie but only jumping astride and the last time I did one, was last April on a friend's horse when Hattie had that bump on her withers.
The last clear round jumping I did side saddle, was May 2010 at the South Kilworth show and we mostly trotted around the course so I was absolutely kakking myself today as I wasn't sure how Hattie was going to be after being Speedy Gonzales yesterday.
I put the gel anti-slip pad under the side saddle and tried my 51" vintage Owen three buckle-three fold girth and it fit a treat. I was happy about that as it saves me having to fork out ££'s for a new Robert Jenkins girth which I can ill afford this month. I'll save her 52 1/2" girth as her "fat" girth. The saddle stayed put today too and Hattie was back to her old self today as you will see in the video with her ears forward.
Hattie was spooking all the way to the show so I wasn't hopeful about our performance so when I got to the show, I took her in the indoor ring to warm up and get her listening by practising some walk/trot/canter transitions, no jumping to wind her up.
We only did the 1' course and I am pleased with how Hattie went. We did not get any rosettes unfortunately as we had some fences down but our goal today, was to have nice calm ride with no bombing off or jumping WAAAAAAAAAY before the fence. I think next time we'll try a slightly higher height as Hattie was a bit lazy going over these but she seems to respect the higher jumps more. I remembered to keep my right shoulder back, my ribcage up and my right toe down and this helped Hattie with her striding and stopped her from taking off too early.
Here's our video!