So, time to play catch up on all the ponies... yet again (I am trying... really).
Ancaster and I have done two shows since my last post, both at the same venue, both outdoors (finally we are outside - yay warm weather and farmer's tans!)
The first show was about two and a half weeks ago and was just a very low key schooling show. Ancaster was a little fresh, but considering we had only just started to flat outside maybe two days before, I was very happy that he gave me some attention, as the ring at the facility is very very busy, so there was lots to look at whether or not we were already outside.
We did a 0.85 clear round class, which went well, we had one rail, entirely my fault, we were doing a tight roll back, and I leaned just a bit through the final part of the turn and didn't support well out of it, so he refused, but I repeated the turn and we got it perfectly.
Our second round was the first of what was supposed to be two classes at 0.9m (more on that in a second), and we had a rail - I just let him get a little flat and lost his attention going to an oxer - and then I went to the wrong last fence (I was bound to go off course eventually :D ).
We ended up calling it a day with Ancaster after that because they reset the course for the next division (1.15m) before I went - my coach had a conflict with the hunter ring and they said they were calling, but neither of us heard anything and I was in the closer warm-up ring and my coach was in the hunter ring right next to the jumper ring and both of us were listening for any call. Anyway, we booked it to the ring after the ponies were done in the hunter ring only to find that they were resetting. So, we called it a day and put him away and I went and got Simba.
The second show was about a week and a half ago, at the same facility, but it was a trillium level show. We didn't pin in any of our courses, but it was only due to minor error.
In our first course, Table A immediate Jump-off, we had a perfect round, except for a rather unlucky clip with his back toe over an oxer, preventing us from going to the oxer.
In our speed class, we again had a very good round, did some pretty awesome turns, however I was late to accelerate out of a tight roll back and didn't gather him up in time before the next fence, so he jumped flat and took the rail.
In our power&speed class, we had one rail, where once again he didn't quite finish over an oxer, and I also later forgot where I was going briefly and took a bit of a scenic route, which didn't help our time so much.
So, since we have been working on fixing up the landing half of our jump, but other then that Ancaster has been schooling very well, and both my coach and I were very happy with the rides I had at the last show, and I'm looking forward to this weekend, with the hopes of cleaning up those last niggly bits.