In which things don't go as planned..........


It was the best of times, it was the worst of times...........  The Overture show season was a roller coaster this year - one of us (Willi) didn't get in the ring for horse related reasons in June, and for weather reasons in October; hard to make much out of a four-show season when half of them are nonstarters.   Bren & Tee started to really show some consistency at First Level and had some great adventures when a porta-potty door slammed and set her off in one test with a flock of L judges in a big tent; poor Tee had no idea which way to go but the recovery was amazing, and they clocked off 7s and 8s within a few movements.  Couldn't have done that a year ago - Brenda got an 8 for the rider collectives for tactful and "creative" riding.  By July we'd rallied - Willi and I had some preparation under our belt (there's video on his page) and we were ready to rock - and did at GMHA, landing a 68% and reserve high score Training Level for our last qualifying score and a 68% in our first effort at First 2 (although the rest of our First tests had their "moments"......).  It was just looking like we'd be able to squeak into year end award contention and ride at Finals......
               .................... when the wheels fell off.  A great schooling ride in a grass ring on a beautiful August day, dropped the reins to pat his neck, and have only vague memories after that until I came to about 150 yards away with all sorts of concerned faces peering at me.  ("Don't worry, I'm an EMT so I know how to do this (person removing my helmet)...... Don't worry, I'm a surgeon and the worst patient you'll ever meet!!!").  Apparently he got stung or spooked, leapt across the ring, and then Willi being Willi cleared the little dressage rail and the slope on the other side with his pogo-sticks.  My guess is I landed on his neck and scared the crap out of him, since he generally is the calmest horse around, for a warmblood anyway.  I'm not sure anyone has ever fallen off him before.  He ran all the way home despite being in 40 acres of grass to his ankles.  I was rescued by Heidi & Donny, trucked off the ED, and happy to be released with just nondisplaced pelvis fractures.  But, so much for the rest of the year.

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