The photographer at the NWDA Cooler by the Lake show sent me some photos. We're all our own worst critics and I could pick these photos apart, from my riding position to Clay's fuzzy braids and long hooves (why do farriers always throw their backs out right before shows...) After seeing these photos I will be sure to sit back more next time I ride and un-clench my dang knees. But overall, I am really happy with how that day went.
I felt so unprepared and frazzled because I hadn't had time to clip Clay's legs or do a really detailed grooming job like I normally would...not to mention I was juggling a baby, was less than four months postpartum, and had only put in maybe a dozen rides since last November!
But, as it were, Clay looked cute even with hairy legs. Our scores were respectable. I was able to fit into my show clothes (phew!), including my new Kingsland coat, which I LOVE. My pony was fantastic (as always). My trainer, mom, husband, baby and friend were there to root us on. That's good enough for me. At least for now. ;)