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NEJA Winter Schooling Jumper Show - April 25, 2021

Our final NEJA show in their winter series was at the end of April. On a whim, I decided to kick it old school and wear my rust breeches and navy coat. I definitely got a few "looks" from some of the HJ crowd, but it was worth being the weirdo eventer girl haha. It was a gorgeous spring day and our rounds were all excellent. Rejoice really seems to enjoy her newfound jumper pony status and powered around like she knew what she was doing haha.  My goals for the day were to win the ground poles speed class by taking a sneaky route someone's trainer would not approve of again haha like I did at the March show and to remember my jump off round like I did NOT do at the March show! Though there wasn't a super sneaky route to take in the ground poles class, I made sure to set her up for tight turns and rollbacks. We did win the class out of nine riders! Whoot! Our speed cross rails was also a good class, with Rejoice willing to listen to half halts, turn on a dime, and also

NEJA Winter Schooling Jumper Show - March 21, 2021

Rejoice and I were ready for our second jumper show of 2021! I was determined to ride more confidently and ask my zoomy pony for a little more speed, as she had proven to me how good she was back in February.

Let's be real. I just wanted to be ground pole champion of the world hahahahaha.

Margaret did Rejoice's braids again, and this time because it wasn't absolutely freezing I put on her cute little boots and bells. I mean, it was ground poles and crossrails, but she was seriously the cutest little jumper pony!

I walked the course and really liked the quick turns and flow. I decided to make a sneak attack between jumps 4 and 5 in ground poles to save some serious time hahaha. 

Even better was the trainer telling her kid instructions as they watched my round: "Don't do that. Wide turn, go to the rail."

We won (speed) ground poles out of ten riders! WHOOT!

We ended up second out of sixteen in the speed cross rails class. 

Then we had a great jump off round cross rails class, going clear in the first round. We headed directly into the jump off, which is always tough for me as I have a hard time remembering courses never mind when there are no jump numbers like in eventing! We were super fast and clear, but as we are headed towards the final fence, I was like ohhhh wait, how the heck am I going to get to that fence......OH DAMN I MISSED AN ENTIRE COMBINATION! All I could do was laugh, so we just went the long way around and jumped the last fence. Somehow we still placed third out of seven even though I didn't even do the combination hahaha. I will never really understand how jumpers work!

Rejoice is just too much fun. I love her sassy tail and those happy ears as she happily motors around the course like she's been doing this all her life. I enjoy having a horse who I can truly just have fun with and not have any goals or expectations for her or for myself.