Jordyn has some Obsessive Compulsive Disorder like her mom, aunt, granny and grandpa. We all like things to be ordered and to be right. We are uncomfortable when things don’t go on schedule or when we think it is time. it is difficult to wait. A horse show is not a good place for anxiety or OCD because really little is in your control. Preparing, working and much saddle time certainly helps but in the end it is you alone in a new ring where all the things you practiced seem so different.
How did she do? GREAT! How did she think she did-well, I would say miserable failure would be one description. We all worked on expectations with her ahead of the show. Telling her if she got a ribbon, that would be great. And she did. She got three THIRD places but it was the fifth place in the last class that sent her over the edge. I think if she had even won the last class it would have reduced her to tears as she had so much built up tension, just being done caused the tears to flow.
So, let’s go back about twelve years. Lauren had just gotten Mickey and had been preparing for her first show. While she was new to riding English she had more actual riding experience under her belt (she could easily canter my big, fast quarter horse, Kid and Jordyn has not cantered on purpose yet) so she started off on her young five-year old rescue horse Mickey in the walk trot division. In those days, we had yet to gain all the proper stuff like saddles that were made well, boots and jackets that fit and Lauren did not have that top-notch look to her attire that Jordyn did going in the ring this weekend.
We even had kids come up to us and ask if the horse Lauren was riding was in fact Mickey. Apparently he had thrown a number of children and the kids could not believe she was taking a chance riding him.
The show itself was at Bridle Creek and it was a benefit for Holly Davitt (now Muehle) who had breast cancer. Holly doesn’t remember much about that show. I happened to see her at the show this weekend and stopped for a photo together. She has successfully made 12 years Cancer free. I was just older. Still it was pretty cool to see my granddaughter follow so closely in the shoes of her Aunt Lauren.I am so proud of Jordyn and so proud of Mickey. Mickey was at Zone Finals jumping over three feet a couple of weeks ago and this week he is trotting around like a champ for my granddaughter.
I wish the pictures showed more happiness on my baby’s face. After all that is why you show. And Jordyn could not find one equestrian to talk to that did not have a missed fence or perfect day. Things do not go exactly they way we plan in the ring. We learn about failure and trying again. Those are important lessons.
For me it was the culmination of many dreams. That she would become a secure enough rider to go into the ring on her own and execute all the judge asked her to do. Also big shout out to our Judge Lisa Richardson who did a great job placing the kids as was their due.
I am sad we did not get pictures of Jo and Mick with her beautiful first ribbons but here are some photos below that show how professional she looked and how well they did!!
Reins a little too long-starting to get in a little trouble in her last class. But Mickey was not touching that pole!
Thank you for the great day Jordyn! I know I will look back many times and tell people all about your first horse show!
Thanks for riding along!