So I might have just sent in my first horse show entry since 2019. Cue the heart attack and the insane nerves.
I'm signed up to do Second 3 in June, the weekend after his first show of the season with Trainer Z. I figure he'll have the cobwebs dusted off after a weekend show so a day show will be no big shakes. June is a good time of year since it will be warm enough to be happy but not hot where he melts. A day show means I ride one test and leave which is lovely.
This makes the whole abstract idea of returning to competition a lot less abstract. Now I'm franticly hunting down my show clothes and trying to remember Second 3. Then realizing I never got around to riding it in competition because we weren't ready for the serpentine. Oh yeah. I guess that makes me feel better that I've been schooling 15m circles in counter canter. I think Second 3 will be comfortable.
New boots had to be ordered as my Ariat field boots of many years have started to come apart. The stitching on the toe cap is coming loose. I got some Treadstep dress boots since I'm still not ready for real dressage boots. At least they're dress boots and will look nice on me. I'll need something to ride in while waiting forever for full custom for my x-wide, short calves. Dressage boots on the shelf don't even come in short. I found my black coat and helmet in the back of my closet so those are set (still fit, too). New white pad from PS of Sweden en route. Still need white breeches and my white gloves recently disintegrated. I might have blotted out how much stuff is involved in these competitions.
But the entry is in. I'm going back into the ring. I'm coming for that Bronze! After I finish conquering Second.