Monday, May 2, 2016

Last show of the season #teamtaranaki

Well the last competition of this season is done and dusted. It was honestly the best competition I've done on Spud in the time I've owned (roughly 3 months now). We really gelled and worked together so well. Spud tried his heart out and put his all into everything. I normally have trouble keeping up with him when he's going full speed, but not this time, it felt so amazing and everything just came together.

After the first two sessions our team was sitting in 4th. Then the next morning we had to compete in our 3Rd session, one rider down (also one of our best riders) because he was in the ambulance on oxygen after a bad asthma attack. So we all had to step up and ride harder and more accurately to stay in the top 6 teams, which would put us into the A final. After a hard session against some tough competition, we managed to finish on 6th place just qualifying us for the A final.

By the time our final came around our team mate was better and even though we pulled him out of a few races and had his inhaler on hand the whole time he seemed fine.

In the finals, all the scores were wiped and the points started back from zero. Unfortunately two of our younger riders let the intense pressure of the finals, and the crowd, and ended up making a few silly mistakes which meant me and Rueben, had to push hard to make up time.

In the end our team ended up in 5th place, and I couldn't be happier with my pony.
Here are a whole bunch of photos of Spud and I over the weekend.


Sand. said...

So awesome!! Looks like a total blast, and fifth place is incredible!! You guys rocked that. And I have to say, I totally love that the whole sport gives props to the shorties; everyone wants these 17hh+ horses out here, and no one appreciates the speed and maneuverability of the ponies! Spud is a cutie <3

L.Williams said...

Congrats on your last show of the season!

Piccolopony said...

Great photos and this looks like so much fun!!

Liz Stout said...

I love the action shots!