Its T-5 days til show day.
That’s right. I entered one last show this year. I had no intention of showing for the rest of the season… BUT…
I found out I’m in the running for Reserve Champion at First Level (Year End Awards)!
Plus I need 3 shows to be eligible for year end awards.
My two main rivals are SA and SC.
Now, SA has busted butt this year to clinch the Champion spot for points. She’s attended every show and earned 47 points! Plus, she’s a mere 1% off the high Percent Champion with a 68%.
SC has only been to a few shows (like me), so her points are lower (26 points), but her high percent is 69%, which puts her in lead for Percentages.
Disclaimer: Both SA ad SC high scores were from a specific judge at the show I was going to go to but decided it was too hot. Now I wish I’d gone.
SA is a hard working, very dedicated young lady who has worked tirelessly for every gain she’s made this year. She’s improved immensely.
In the two shows earlier this year where I competed against her, I was able to beat her.
But SA’s improved a lot over the course of a year. Will I be able to beat her again at the last, and final show of the year??
Or, will SA finally crush me under her heel, proving that she has overcome training and horse issues?? Will she wave the blue ribbon at the last and final show??
SC, the far better rider than both SA or myself, chose to step aside this show.
SA and I will battle it out beteen ourselves this show.
If I beat SC in points, it’ll be a hollow victory. One earned by forfeiture rather than skill and talent. SC could’ve easily beaten me on points this show.
Will I be able to top SC’s incredible high percent at my final show (a score I’ve never gotten close to in all my years of riding? Or will SC hold on to her title of High Percentage Champion for First Level?
Who will win? Who will lose?
Tune in next time for “As the Judge Groans” to learn how it ends!!
** I really like SA and SC. I couldn’t be happier for their success this year.
I also really like how much they challenge me to become a better rider.
Hopefully no one takes this post too seriously. It’s tongue in cheek. I’ll be happy if I stay on and no unplanned ring depatures.