There were quite a few horses left in my division as we wrapped up XC, but as we took the nice long walk back to the barns, I realized that I finished in at least 3rd. I was WILDLY happy with that, especially given how much trouble I saw a lot of riders having.

By the time I cooled May out and changed back into clothing that wasn’t hot pink, I had a couple of texts come through my phone. Turns out, we had moved up another placing to finish in 2nd out of 14! By far our best showing ever at the level. WOO HOO!

Of course, this also meant I took a look at the scoreboard myself. In my division of 14 riders, only 2 of us finished on our Dressage score. 1 person was eliminated in SJ and 2 people were eliminated in XC. The average finishing score was a 42.4%. Of course, this meant I needed too look at the rest of the open BN divisions. Of the 5 Open BN divisions, there were 72 pairs that started the weekend and only 18 of those pairs finished on their dressage score, so only about 25%.

Photo Courtesy of Xpress Foto.

While I think a number of factors came into play, it was pretty clear that this weekend was a big ask for all the BN riders, so I am wildly proud of our performance. May clearly thought this meant she was entitled to more cookies (She was right). I headed out to look at pictures (which are amazing and huge thank you goes to Xpress Foto for getting them!), and then I headed over to the awards booth to pick up my ribbon and prizes.

After grabbing my massive ribbon, I started wandering back to the barn, and honestly, I got a bit teary eyed. This was our last horse show before California, and it was such a demonstration of how much this community has become a part of my family. From my barn mates cheering me on and helping me out to friends outside the barn coming to check in and following my progress on startbox to Holly making silly faces with me at the XC startbox and cheering me on. (Seriously, that girl had the hardest job all weekend.)

I am excited about California, but I am painfully aware of all the things we are leaving behind. May has been happy here, I have been happy here. Under Mandy and with the encouragement of my whole barn family, my riding and our partnership has come SO far. From terrified of the starter fences to thinking the Novice stuff looks fun. From struggling to get the distances in SJ to easily getting down the lines and jumping clear.

So I took my little walk back to reflect on how hard everyone has worked for us for this weekend to come together the way it did and how happy I am to have been on this journey with my little, yellow mare.

This Post Has 16 Comments

  1. Erin

    Thanks for making me cry bish. You and May are a staple and forever will be a member of the Tuscany Hollow family. When you and horse husband are finished with your Cali adventure, you always have a home here. 💜💙💕

    1. Emily - May As Well Event

      <3 Even if you don't have a stall when we come back, I will be sneaking May into a field in the middle of the night.

      1. Erin

        Duhhh. Hopefully we’ll be on our own farm when you come home.

  2. martidoll123

    So glad it went as well as it did (esp considering the carnage!!)….and yay for you and your yellow pony!!! 🙂 And I know how much you will miss Tuscany Hollow but just look at it this way, May sure wont need a muzzle in CA 🙂

    I love how proud May looks in that ribbon photo btw!

    1. Emily - May As Well Event

      Omg she was AWFUL to take that pic. I will have to send you the outtakes.

  3. Holly

    I’m still so *sob* proud of you *sob*! Come back to us soon.
    Normally I’d say nahhh my job was’t so bad, but uh, this weekend…

    1. Emily - May As Well Event

      I am so unbelievably sad about leaving. But I will be back!!

  4. Stacie Seidman

    Congratulations! You should be SO proud of what you did there. Clearly, everything was very challenging, but you and May were prepared and just ate it all up! Can’t think of a better way to finish up your time there.

    1. Emily - May As Well Event

      Thank you. It was like the perfect capstone project. 🙂

  5. Nadia

    Ugh. Moving and leaving a community is so hard. I really feel for you. And, California is a BIG move. Not only geographically, but culturally as well. I know you’ll find new friends, and enjoy it, but I know it’s also so hard to leave something you love so much! I’m excited to have you out west, I know you’ll have a blast out in California, nad I am excited for you to start your new adventure!

    1. Emily - May As Well Event

      Yup! HUGE change, but I figure as long as there are eventers there, I will just be expanding my little May fan club. 🙂

  6. Karen & Hamp

    What a weekend! You guys kicked butt and took names! <3

    1. Emily - May As Well Event

      It was SUCH a fun weekend. Fell in love with eventing all over again. <3

  7. onelittlefishie

    So much fun to be had for you guys on the Best Coast! Know that we will all be cheering you on from here at your forever home! Thanks for all of your generous help and support with Tate and giving me an opportunity to ride the spicy dijon flying corgi (who kindly took it easy on me); I’ll be keeping up with the blog for tips and tricks from afar. <3

  8. KC Scott

    Woohoo!! That’s the best ribbon ever!

    1. Emily - May As Well Event

      Isn’t it great? My friend was the secretary for this show, and she always picks out the best ribbons!

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