This will be Henry's designated show thread. There is a 5 series show over the course of 2019. Today was the first show and March 23rd is the next one. We will stay in the green as grass (GAG) division and earn points for year-end awards. This is Henry's first horse show and this is my first show back after 10 years. All in all, it was a FANTASTIC EXPERIENCE. He was patient, quiet, listening, calm, and a complete saint. He was looky and a bit inattentive in the dressage ring, he was very much in front of my leg and I felt like if I used it more he would be really reactive with it. Not necessarily in a bad way, just would make things a bit more frazzled and lose the tempo. He felt much softer in my hands and he felt steady but after looking at the video it is clear that I was not steady at all and neither was he as a byproduct. I also lost points for not going into the corner after going down centerline, which I didn't because it clearly states on the test to ride all turns from centerline as half circles, not to go deep in corners. Try to gain points by being technical, lose points anyways. We got a 7.5 on our first down centerline and halt though so that's good! Finished with a 46.5 for dressage Intro test C. I decided not to correct the wrong lead because I felt it would just make it even more disorganized and we might have lost our rhythm and whatnot. Stadium was INCREDIBLE. This was the best jumping him and I have ever done. Treating him for ulcers really did bring out the best in him. I am smiling so hard afterwards and you can see at the end his bit of attitude like YEAH I OWNED THAT COURSE! Cross country, we had two duck outs, rider sponsored. When we schooled on Thursday we left some jumps out because CLEARLY they would not be on the test due to their size. Well.... they were on the test! That hanging log was huge. I didn't know it when I was riding but we were both questioning that like 10 strides out, video is very helpful in comparing what I felt versus reality. He was a good boy and jumped the two we ran out at. Also, it looks like I'm about to fall off at the water because we have never schooled in water before so that was both our first time and he was like WHAT! oh okay... But then he liked it. I know I have a tendency to ramble on but if I ever did a voice over video these are just the things I would comment on. I am so incredibly impressed with him and happy. This seriously couldn't have gone better. We finished 3rd in a class of 7, several people were eliminated due to cross country errors. I'm so proud of my barn and all the horses and riders and family that came. God how I have missed horse shows! Without further ado... be sure to watch in HD!