We are definitely ready to get this competition started for the eventers here at NAJYRC. After getting here on Monday, we are anxious for dressage tomorrow.
Today’s “hour by hour” run-down goes something like this:
7:30am – get to barn to feed and tack up.
8:00am – Mia got on Etoile just after 8am, and today schooling was in the Walnut Ring. This was a great opportunity cause although there were not yet flowers or judge tents, this is the ring they will be competing in tomorrow. Of course, I didn’t bring my camera… oops.
9:00am – Team Ontario update and practice jog. Etoile was lazy, so off to the vendors to buy a dressage whip before jog-up at 3pm
10:00am – competitors meeting for the event riders
11:00am – I decided to get Etoile braiding. Only having one horse here makes it easy to get bored.
12:30pm – lunch in the Kentucky Club tent.
1:30pm – stencils of maple leafs on the horses and wash Etoile’s socks in anticipation of jog.
2:00pm – I started walking… This hour of walking (okay I only lasted like 30 minutes in the heat), was brutal.
3:00pm – FIRST HORSE INSPECTION! Finally! The Canadian riders looked beautiful in their red pants and white tops… very patriotic of them. After Etoile jogged, we let him relax for a bit while the riders watched the rest of the jogs.
4:00pm – ring familiarization. Riders had the option of riding (walk/trot/canter) or hand walking. They were not allowed in the ring, but were allowed everywhere on the outside. Etoile was absolutely fantastic and continued his trend of being mellow. So far – he loves Kentucky!
4:30pm – take out braids, feed, and head to hotel for much needed shower.