Well I made it to the horse show, competed, enjoyed myself and came home all in one piece! Getting ready the day before and having a helper was the key to keeping relaxed the morning of the show. I arrived at the barn, hooked up the trailer and drove to where I planned to load. My helper who I had arranged for went out and got Riva and brought her to the barn. We loaded with minimal disagreement from Riva but I do think we need to spend some time trailer loading again. We took the long way around the roads to the show to avoid a bad corner and arrived safely. Parked and unloaded as it was very warm and I didn't want to leave her in the trailer for long sitting there in the heat. Got my number, tacked up and warmed up a little before we competed. The first test went well but the second not so good. I made some mistakes in the second and got eliminated from that class. Riva was not very inspired and was rather hesitant in the strange place. When she is uncomfortable she tends to slow down or stop so of course our test results said we needed more forward motion and impulsion. She was good though considering. This show was really just about going and doing it. We have much to learn before we can think of being competitive.
I am pleased that we went and participated. I learned lots about dressage showing and this has left me wanting to learn more and go back for the next one at the end of September.