Last weekend, we took Ramsey to a schooling show, where we entered him in the hunter and eq classes to get him used to those kinds of jumps. At first, we had some very amusing trips, with plenty of snorting, over-jumping, and hesitations, but no stops. But, as the weekend went on, and Baby Rams got used to the horse-eating flowers, our trips smoothed out and we put in some good rounds. We finished the weekend with his first-ever trips at 3’3″ in the Junior Hunters, both of which he won.
Given the success of the weekend, and the show with Don two weeks ago, we have made the decision to head to Tryon, North Carolina for Ramsey’s Big Eq debut. Now, this is also going to be his first time at 3’6″, so who knows if it’s a good idea. Either way, we’re going to give it a go and hope it works out. He’s been schooling beautifully at home (3’6″ and up) and his 3’3′ trips were gorgeous last weekend.
We’ve entered him in a Modified Junior/Amateur Hunter trip at 3’3″ as his first class tomorrow. After that, we have a 15-17 equitation flat class, which will be his first flat ever, a 15-17 equitation over fences trip at 3’6″, and the EJ Haun at 3’6″. Hopefully, he will be quite used to the ring after all of that. I don’t believe in using any “calming supplements”, like Perfect Prep, unless it’s absolutely necessary, so I wouldn’t mind if the three over fences trips took some of the “piss and vinegar” out of him too, not that he’s a particularly hot horse.
On Saturday, we’re signed up for both the WIHS Jumper Phase and the Hunter Phase. There is a chance we will scratch the jumper phase, as that will be in a new ring at 3’6″, but if Friday goes well, we’ll probably give it a go.
Sunday is the big day, which is part of the reason we decided to go to this particular show. Both the Medal and the Maclay are on Sunday, in the same ring (Hunter 1), so hopefully he will be completely comfortable with the ring by then. That way, we actually have a shot at getting some points! I never, in a million years, expected, when I got Ramsey, that he would actually be ready for the big eq before I aged out. At this point, he’s only been seriously jumping for six months. I am so proud of how willing he is and how much progress he’s made. Regardless of how this show goes, I am very thankful I have been given the opportunity to ride and train such a cool, high quality horse. Ramsey may not known how awesome he is, but I do, so a big thank you to Catherine Snider for letting me play with Rams.
Wish us luck!!