The adventures just keep coming. Now that I've got a trailer and I've had my first couple of trips, I'm off to my very first show on my own. Completely on my own. No trainer, no groom, no buddies. It's a schooling show about 25 minutes from the barn and a great opportunity to practice getting Theo around the ring without theatrics.
I'm now realizing what a team sport horse shows usually are. Who's going to hand me my jacket? Pick up my whip if I drop it? Remind me to not ride like an idiot? Hold my hair if I puke? No one. And that's kind of scary. But I'm a big girl, I'm quite used to warming up on my own for a show, and my two rides are only 30 minutes apart. I only have to tack once, properly warm up once, and then head home. I'll be on the grounds for about two hours total. It's not like it's an all day marathon.
Huge bonus? I don't ride until 3:12pm. It's a small show, so riding in the large arena makes me one of the 'big kids' and we have to wait until the end of the day. If I was going with the barn, I'd be there for the intro tests that start at 9am. Instead, I will sleep in, braid my horse the morning of, and show up around 1:30pm. Easy peasy.
Except the part where I'm showing with no one to remind me of the essentials.
But at least I get to sleep in.