Galahad and I finally made it to our second trec event. It has only taken us three months! We couldn’t make it to the training this time so we had to go straight in for the competitions without a look at the obstacles first. There were some we had not seen before and hadn’t even tried at home so I was a little apprehensive.
Our first class was the pairs – I had asked for a sympathetic partner! Galahad was very good with the new obstacles, even the maypole which was the one concerning me most. It is made up of two posts with a length of rope between them. We had to pick up one end of the rope and ride in a circle round the other post, replacing the rope at the end. Galahad was very good about letting me play about with the rope and the only trouble we had was that the rope wasn’t rotating properly and got tangled round the pole. That wasn’t our fault so we got another go which went much better.
The only real problem we had was with the side pass – walking sideways along a pole. Galahad didn’t have a clue what I was asking him to do! We didn’t score anything for that but we did get a few tens – for the immobility, tarpaulin, rein back, leading under low branches and double U bend – and with our pair we came second so I was thrilled.
Our individual event was outside near an apparently very scary (it was rather noisy) tractor so there was some spooking but in general he behaved very well. We didn’t score nearly so well this time but it was our first attempt at trec in an outdoor arena and there were a lot of distractions. We still got a ten for the immobility though – dismounted this time – and were third out of four.
I had another fantastic day and enjoyed it just as much as our first attempt. This is definitely something I want to keep doing!