Grand Times Eventing


A few weeks ago, I took Gunner to a combined test and jumper show at TTC Mocksville. We did the USEF Beginner Novice A combined test.  Dressage went really well, for stadium the jumps were 2 ft.  We placed 2nd.  On the jump course, I was a little timid but still got over every jump clear on the first try! I wouldn’t give Gunner the speed he wanted, so we chipped almost every jump, but they stayed up!!  We also did the USDF Intro C combined test with 2ft 3in stadium jumps, and I was still a little nervous.  We actually won, despite my worries. On that course I wasn’t as timid and let Gunner go a little faster, we only chipped, like, 2 jumps.

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But then in the afternoon, we also did our first 2 jumper courses, 2ft and 2ft 3in.  We went super-fast, it was so exciting and I was not scared at all! I could feel the wind in my face and that made me just want to gallop.  Gunner’s years of cutting really showed as he flew around the jumps with no fear and lots of speed!  In the 2ft class we came in 2nd and in the 2ft 3in class, we came in 1st!  I am so proud of Gunner!  It was awesome spending time with my friend at the barn and Gunner!  We sat around the ring and watched the bigger horses go and they were so fun to watch, each one faster than the last.


A few weeks ago, I applied for an NCDCTA Grant and last night , we found out I received one of their grants!  I was so excited!  I can’t wait to use it at my first show in the War Horse series!  I plan to ride in the maiden division.  I’ve never really had to fill out application before so it felt amazing to hear I won!  I always pay for one of my show classes, so this will help me reach my goal.

We have a USDF rated show in Camden over spring break, April 3-4, and are doing 2 Training One tests, and 2 Intro C tests.  We are working on coming round at the canter, which is easy on some days and others Gunner decides he wants to be a giraffe.  We are a “work in progress” some days.  Gunner is doing really well though, he trusts me so much and works very hard to do what I want him to do.  I am also working on making my signals clear to him so he knows each ride what we need to do and why I want to do it.  We progress every day and can’t wait to hit the road this show season!

If you want to follow our journey, check us out on Instagram and Twitter at Grand Times Eventing!  As my mom says, “If you aren’t having a Grand Time, why do it!”