To say I had an interesting (yet super fun) morning would be an understatement. Even though there was nothing but rain in the forecast, showing today seemed like a perfectly good idea. However, soon after I arrived at the show, the light drizzle turned into a downpour, and the rain only got harder as time went on. I went to lunge the roany pony, Burberry, and after a few light bucks, he broke away from me and bolted around the ring, lunge line still attached to his halter. I was terrified that he was going to break a leg but he wouldn’t stop for way too long. Eventually, he was lured back to civilized life with candy… typical pony.
After his little adventure, I decided to just get on him and see what happened. After trying to buck me off a few times unsuccessfully, he calmed down and started to march around like a good little pony. We jumped a warm up course and he was perfect. He looked at a couple jumps at first, but went over them willingly.
About ten minutes later, a torrential downpour began and everyone’s phone started beeping from a flash flood warning. That was our cue to do our first course! As we started, I could hear thunder overhead and midway through our course, I heard the wind start to pick up. Not the best weather to be riding in! Regardless of low visibility and being absolutely soaked, Burberry was a trooper and landed all of his leads. All those endless pole exercises paid off… I love a good groundpole! After our first class, the rain got even heavier and everyone fled to the indoor for cover to wait it out.
The rain didn’t stop, but it kind of slowed down? We decided to attempt our second class over fences, even though the ring was a giant puddle and it was still raining extremely hard. What a shock, the five-year old pony was not a fan of jumping into puddles. After getting him over a couple of fences, we just stopped. I did not want to die and because I was so soaked, my boots were filled with water and I was sliding all over the saddle. The wet field had to be slippery too. Nevertheless, it was time for our flat class and we were going to do it! We stayed in a tiny circle around the judge where the ring wasn’t a complete puddle and had the world’s shortest flat class.
Even though we were completely drenched, we had a great time. Burbie’s first real show went well and he did a great job in the class that wasn’t completely washed out. Everyone from our barn was so nice and helpful and happy standing in the rain for the show. Without them, the day would’ve been a complete disaster, but instead it was fun and a great learning experience for the Booberry.