Loose horse and a miraculous comeback

I started off my morning bright and very, very early (will this horse show early morning thing get easier eventually??). After arriving at the show grounds, my trainer and I did the course walk for the derby and realized Rodger and I were fourth in the rotation. So, we brought Rodger back up to the barn and started tacking him up until he brought it upon himself to make a dramatic situation and take off while in the process of putting on his bridle. Yes, he ran out of the show grounds…yes, he almost ran onto a highway…yes, he strutted into a wooded area, and yes, we were in a time crunch and had to make some pleas to be able to move me to the end of the lineup for the derby. With that being said, we checked over him and no one got hurt thankfully! We quickly warmed up over a couple fences and then it was time for the first round of the derby…

Rodger and I scored an 82 in our first round. You should have seen the relief and happiness that came from me. To get around the course alone was a feat itself with all of the nerves of a previously worked up horse and lack of time. The handy round came along next…

Rodger and I scored a whopping 84!! And wow am I proud of that score! I had so much fun riding just for the experience and joy of it, knowing I did my personal best. After all of the craziness that happened minutes prior to stepping into the show ring, I definitely didn’t expect to have the highest total score…

So many pats and likit treats for Rodger after such an amazing job. I couldn’t be happier with our results from our second derby together. Rodger, I think that first place blue looks very good on you!!

We also went on to win equitation champion in our other classes after the derby. Such an overwhelming amount of great news in one day. This is definitely a show I will never forget!