Saturday, May 12, 2012

butterflies

I am so nervous about tomorrow's dressage show...

20 Comments:

Blogger Sam said...

no worries girl, you're gonna rock it. And if not, well, you and merlin get a chance to be out together, spend a nice afternoon, and maybe meet some new friends, widen your circle a bit. And learn lots to make the next show better. He's a good boy, he'll do ya proud

May 12, 2012 at 8:38 PM  
Blogger Sam said...

just make sure your girth is nice and tight :)

May 12, 2012 at 8:39 PM  
Blogger melody_cir said...

I'm sure you'll do well. There's always something new to learn, and you'll be working with one of your best friends. So I'm wishing you fun.

-Melody

May 12, 2012 at 8:45 PM  
Blogger goatgirl said...

Butterflies are good!

May 12, 2012 at 8:48 PM  
Blogger pawsfurme said...

Aaah you'll be fine. :) Just use it as a chance to work on old stuff with new distractions and don't worry about any of the hoity toity stuff. ;)

May 12, 2012 at 8:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Jenna,
Whatever it is, it is; the best thing of all is that you're doing what your heart desires and not being chicken to put yourself and Merlin out there for the pure joy of it. That's living! When YOU look back, you're going to have quite the 'home movie'; others will still be wishing.
Best to you,
Cindy from Hampton :)

May 12, 2012 at 8:55 PM  
Blogger tina said...

Remember how good it feels to be riding him and lovin' it and you will do fine. Don't force it don't make it what its not....just enjoy the ride :)

May 12, 2012 at 9:24 PM  
Anonymous Liinda said...

You will do great and we can't wait to hear about it!!!

May 12, 2012 at 9:50 PM  
Blogger ladyfarrier said...

Not to worry. Think of it as a private riding "clinic"....you get the judges feedback and written comments on your performance, and from them you can learn what's working and what's not.

It's not really a competition, it's more of an " constructive evaluation"--just you and Merlin, so have fun.

May 12, 2012 at 10:01 PM  
Blogger Sue Steeves said...

You are going to do great! Just have fun and remember to smile.

May 12, 2012 at 10:18 PM  
Blogger Kris said...

I would be nervous too. But you can do this!! Good luck! And have FUN! Can't wait to hear how it goes for you.

May 12, 2012 at 10:37 PM  
Blogger Rosie said...

Just remember to breath and relax. At my first cutting shows I would down a hard cider to take the edge off. :-)

Once you can get to a point of relax and breath the time expands in that short period of time you are showing. Be there! It is zen...

May 12, 2012 at 10:58 PM  
Blogger PattyW said...

We'll be right there with you- cheering you on! I can't believe we're doing this! Never pictured myself in a dressage ring!

May 12, 2012 at 11:20 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

Yes, it's all a frame of mind dear... Just look at it as a fun experience and that you & Merlin are there to enjoy yourselves...there's no losing. Feel the pride you have in that beautiful animal & also more importantly, in yourself! We are all proud of you, and you gave us good reason!

May 12, 2012 at 11:24 PM  
OpenID Lynnie said...

Shoulders back and leg on :)

May 13, 2012 at 12:56 AM  
Blogger Lissa B. said...

Just relax and enjoy it! Look at it this way, a year ago could you have jumped on a horse like Merlin and done what you can do now? Even the most basic things are big when you are just beginning. You have improved and any improvement is worth being proud of and celebrating! Besides this is your first show. Use it as an opportunity to see what it's like! Don't put any pressure on yourself, just go out there with Merlin and have fun!

May 13, 2012 at 2:03 AM  
Blogger J.D. said...

Jenna: Nervous is normal, just accept it and move through it.

Merlin might be nervous as well, so your job is to keep communicating with him during the warmup and throughout the class. Remember, he enjoyed being a pasture pony and all of a sudden he's a working guy. Talk about transition.

As for you my dear play with the reins to steady him, thumbs on top, back straight, chin up, heels down, and shine! Watch the rail, check your diagonal, circles are your friend, life is good.

Now go show 'em what a great team you are!

May 13, 2012 at 3:22 AM  
Anonymous Bev said...

Good luck!

May 13, 2012 at 8:50 AM  
Blogger seagrrlz said...

You'll be ok. While Dressage is a sport about control and perfection, the real gains from it are from how you and Merlin learn to communicate with other. You learn to pay more attention to each other. Just remember to have some fun with it too :)

May 13, 2012 at 10:40 AM  
Blogger karental said...

You and Merlin will do great. You are already ahead of all the people who could have competed but didn't have the courage to try.

May 13, 2012 at 10:43 AM  

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