Posted on Sun 13 April 2008 at 09:05Melissa competed in her very first show today. It was at Battlehill and it was a jump-cross competition – some show jumps, some cross country. Unfortunately, I had to go to work but maybe that was a good thing as I think she may have felt even more nervous if she thought I was watching her. But I had every faith in her and my friends’ ability to look after her.
Melissa didn’t think she did very well and initially she was quite disappointed. But as Sharon pointed out, it was the pony’s first competition too and poor Tinkerbell was a bit overwhelmed with the event. She had never been in amongst so many other ponies and in such a hectic atmosphere. They had a couple of refusals and two fences down. But I am incredibly impressed. I will let the photos tell the story.
To me, these photos show a competent, confident rider. I think she showed determination in finishing the course when she felt she wasn't doing well.
Yet again, a huge thank you to Sharon and Katherine for giving her this opportunity. It touches my heart that people can be so selfless and put themselves out for others.
That’s my girl and I love her to bits. Well done Melissa and Tinkerbell.