The ride off over fences selected the top rider per horse as well as the next two top scores from the class. This created a pool of eight riders who then selected the horse and order out of a hat. Because scores varied in the first round depending on horses, the second round was a clean slate with two perfect horses to choose from.
I went relatively early in the first round for the Open Over Fences. I drew a fun grey jumper named Blaine, who trucked around the course like a pro and helped me set a score of 79.0. Th score kept me on top for a while but was surpassed by another rider on Blaine. Nevertheless, I made it into the ride off via the wild card spots.
I drew a lovely grey hunter named Logan for my ride off and was the third of four riders to go on him.The first two riders elected to do a five in the bending line that most had done in four. So when it came to my turn, I stepped on the gas pedal a tad more! Logan cantered around the shortened ride-off course with perfect manners and helped me lay down a trip that put me fourth for the second round and therefore the class.
My teammates both had beautiful rounds with one hiccup each, but I am so proud of how great they looked out there! Happy to say that the next day we all walked out of the OCEA Gala with some very colourful ribbons. I finished 6th overall in the Open Division (2nd over fences!), and MacEq also had the 3rd overall rider in the intermediate and 7th overall rider in the novice.
I am so thrilled to have joined the MacEq team and compete on OCEA. I was lucky to have my coach and parents at the show and Saturday, all who were impressed if not a tad concerned for my sanity. Especially Susan my coach had a blast and loves the whole concept of the circuit. We are not Talentless, Fearful Amateurs by any means! Getting on a random and unknown horse to go jump a 3ft course seems like a terrifying thing to do, but with great horses being donated and shows running at great venues... It is just a whole lot of fun!!