I entered the green rider reining class and that is the last one of the day. So, I had all day to memorize my pattern, and memorize I did! Pattern number 2 was chosen for my class.
The plan was to just go in and complete the pattern. My trainer told me not to worry about doing fast spins or flying changes. Just go in and find out what it's like to ride a reining pattern. So that's what I did. It was a lot of fun too! I was pretty nervous so I know I wasn't concentrating as hard as I should have. Our circles were more like ovals... and after I did my simple change to the left I thought I heard someone in the stands say something about being on the wrong lead so I broke to a trot before I started my large fast circles. Turns out that wasn't needed and I had the correct lead in the first place. It was pretty sloppy, but I know I can improve on that.
It was very windy, so when I was doing the first rundown my hat flew off. Then after the rollback to rundown to the other end of the arena, Rem wasn't sure what my hat was doing sitting on the ground in his path, so instead of running straight we ran diagonally...
Then it was time to spin... thus the counting lesson. I don't even remember counting wrong, but I do remember being unsure... so it's quite possible that I did 5 spins instead of 4. That's where we zeroed out. There are so many things you can get a zero for, and over-spinning is one of them. So, I was glad we got a zero at the end of our pattern... that way I could still see how I scored on the previous maneuvers... which was not good! Ha, but that's okay. Can't expect much when we don't do flying changes. Our stops and rollbacks (which he could have done better) were only -1/2 so I was happy with that. He doesn't have sliding plates on, so he doesn't slide the way most of the other horses did that were there.
I'm not sure when my next show will be, but I know I will be way more confident when we step into that arena.
I don't have any photos of me and Rem, but I've got some good ones of my friends. I still have to get them off my camera though...
I have to go to work tomorrow, but then I've got the rest of the week off! The only bad part about that is I'm broke(reining shows are expensive), so I won't be doing anything that require cash :-P That's okay though, the weather should be nice enough to ride during the day and I've got 2 horses that could use some work, so I'll have a great vacation riding them!