Time, it seems, has NOT been on my side in regards to Billy's FEI Diary. I hate being a victim, even if it is just the victim of a moment passed, as these moments in my career are precious to me. For shame that I have not detailed these experiences while they were fresh, instead of months later when they are reworked by my warped sense of reality and resemble something more like Sylvester Stallone at the end of a Rocky movie. Luckily, I have video documentation that will keep the memory alive and accurate.
Our trip up to Montana this July was magical from the start, with several of our Dragonfire Team members getting together and renting a fabulous vacation home near Flathead Lake. We spent time together exploring the area and Glacier Park, and evenings cooking and gabbing. The magic continued with what I would call a break through performance for Billy in the Dressage. He was calm, "mostly focused" (those judges' boxes did have stripes all over the tops), and was very rideable. He began the weekend in the lead of a large group in the Rebecca Farm CCI* division.
Billy's jumping phases at Rebecca were equally wonderful, with a clean cross country that was confident and within the time. His show jumping was less aggressive, something that both of us continue to work on, and really quite classy. The rail he had down at the last was completely a rider error as I knew I had two rails in hand to win it, and since I had been clean thus far, I hurried the bending line and let him cut in, getting us a bit close. I would have loved to end the show on my Dressage score, but was thrilled all the same to have won our first FEI together.
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