Battling with Nerves by Alex Harvey
The Pony Club Dengie Winter League Championships
A half past four start had everyone a little sleepy but, as we arrived at Addington Manor for The Pony Club Dengie Winter League Championships, the good weather and impressive venue woke everybody up! We arrived in good time and collected our numbers and programmes before heading back to the trailer to get ready and warm-up. We were on reasonably early in the class, but this didn’t mean we had a nice empty warm-up arena. The nerves really kicked in looking at the stiff competition and the one warm-up arena was very busy, making it very tricky.
When it was my turn, we walked down to my arena and waited for the bell to go. As we turned down the centre line to start, I forgot about everyone else (although I was still very nervous) and tried to focus on the test. It was going well until I forgot the test, but we picked it up again and carried on. When we had finished, I wasn’t thrilled with how it had gone but nothing else could be done so we wandered back to the trailer and untacked.
Whilst we were waiting for the results to come out, we took Frank to the Dengie stand, where he was weighed and we received some very useful feeding advice and samples. When we went back to check the scores I was on 68% and leading, although I knew I wouldn’t stay there as there were lots more scores still to be put up. In the end, we were placed sixth, which was very respectable knowing that we could have put up a much higher score if I hadn’t been so nervous! Overall it was a very good day and a very well run competition, which I would love to come back to next year.