Battlefield Equestrian Society JPR 04/29/18

May 1, 2018

This past Sunday I drove to Manassas Battlefield and joined my usual JPR companion Val for the Battlefield Equestrian Society Judged Pleasure Ride. Our friend Connie also joined us for her first JPR on her big old appy Bubba. Val rode Babyface for his first JPR. And I was on my trusty Simon.

It was very obvious that Simon had had a full two weeks off of work since Mid-Atlantic #1 and he was one hot little pony, busting with energy. I normally do not let my ponies sit for two weeks but I really needed to let my groin/thigh rest up and recover from the pull it sustained at MA1. So this was my first ride since then. It held up well. It was sore and a little tight about half way into the first loop but I kept standing in my stirrups to stretch it and that really did seem to help. Plus we were on mostly flat ground and I did not need to engage it nearly as much with Simon as I do on Poe. So Success.

Obstacle 1: the goal here was to get your horses lined up with his shoulders at the cones and butt facing the box. Then back up so his shoulders lined up with the opening of the box. Simon was just a wild man here and zooming all over the place. Oh my. Val and Babyface did super well. This pretty much set the pace for BF for the rest of the ride and he continued to handle the obstacles quiet well.

The video of all three of our attempts, and for me it was a real “attempt” scoring my worst, 1 pt! Ahhhh!

Val: 9

Krista: 1

Connie: 1

Obstacle 2: this one was perfect for both Val and I. Pick up the cup of water, walk down and around the cone and return the cup to the ladder. Don’t spill, only walk, you don’t need to stop to pick it up or put it down. The cup was full to the top. Friend Robin was one of the course resetters for this one.

Connie had a bit of issue returning her cup and had to drop it but not bad until that point. This one was a real easy obstacle for our games ponies.

And the video of the three of us crushing this obstacle.

Doesn’t it look like someone sped up Simon’s video 1 1/2xs? I swear he was moving with some purpose.

Val: 10

Krista: 10

Connie: 1

Obstacle 3: the gate obstacle. Ride up, lift the rope, go through, close the gate. Only use one hand. Do not have the rope go over or under your horse’s neck or rump or let it touch the ground.

Val killed this one too. Well don BF. Showing that smart head he wears at the end of his long neck. Bubba just thought it was stupid to mess with the rope when there was a perfectly good opening right next to it.

We did not get video of my attempt at this one, which I wouldn’t have minded watching. We started off great. Open, through, pivot, prep to close and Simon backed up. I thought we were done there but then he moved forward again. And then backed away again. I had to drop it. But I did feel like it went better than I expected. This is one I should set up at home and work on. It’s almost like the dragging things with him. He gets weird about the rope. And I felt like he was in 2x speed up motion. The judge even commented. He really needed to run off some of that energy.

Val and Connie’s attempt video.

Val: 7

Krista: 6

Connie: 2

Obstacle 4: this one was easy. Easy easy. I think we all crushed it and it was the first one I think I scored better than Val on! And surprisingly Simon was sort of chill for this one. He was leaping and bouncing for part of the ride there too. He really needed to run!!!!

Walk over the rail (laying on the ground), straddling it, stand still and count to 5, back off. Do not touch it.

So we touched it lightly but we stood nicely and didn’t roll it or anything. BF did way better than expected since he tends to forget where his legs are still. Bubba sort of side passed off of it in a round about not proper way.

Val: 6

Krista: 8

Connie: 1

Obstacle 5: this was a neat one. Ride up to the blow up purple alien rolled up in a hammock and stop and stand. And then pick a piece of candy out of the bowl and ride away.

Val crushed this one. Simon was not bad. He attempted to stick his nose in the bowl and was moving in fast motion again. Really. Bubba was shy of the lawn chair that was for the judge and not part of the obstacle at all.

Our videos.

Val: 10

Krista: 9

Connie: 2

Obstacle 6: no hands. This was neat and actually went way better than we all expected. The judge told us that there had only been one successful person and two that came close. There were 5 cones you needed to weave through and stop flush with the last one, shoulders lined up. The catch, no hands! Connie managed one cone and to stop, I think Val got two and me, I got three before Simon broke into a trot! Woo! Score! I liked this one more than I expected to.

Val: 2

Krista: 3

Connie: 3

Obstacle 7: trot the pattern, go in the shoot, over the rails to the left, and out the shoot. Super super tight. Don’t touch any rails and maintain a trot. I’ll say I felt like I maintained a trot through it. But, yeah. It was so tight. BF did super well on this one. His legs usually are all over the place but he really managed it. Well done.

Val: 6

Krista: 3

Connie: 3

Obstacle 8: the tunnel was one of my favorites and we all did well at that one. Ride along a short path and then up through a tarp tunnel. Maintain a walk. Smooth sailing.

Val: 10

Krista: 10

Connie: 9

Obstacle 9: dismounted pick up the branch, drag it around the cone and return it to its exact spot. The catch here is the time was super short. I really do wish we had me on video for this one because I really hustled. And I think I got back right as she was saying “time”. So I wish I could verify how close I was. Like was I still standing straight up with the branch or what? Otherwise pretty simple and actually the first time I have done one like this. It just wasn’t super clear how fast it needed to be done from the start.

Val: 5

Krista: 7

Connie: 6

Obstacle 10: remount. 8 max points from the near side 10 from the off side. Use mounting block, tail gate or from the ground. Val and Connie both went offside. I do not have the coordination for all that. Connie and Bubba served us on this one. Nice.

Sorry no video of this one.

Val: 8

Krista: 7

Connie: 9

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