This is the year for Brood X cicadas who emerge every 17 years. They made themselves known at the June 12 working equitation show at Oak Spring Equestrian in Woodbine, Maryland.
Jessica and Lucy had a great day – second place in dressage and obstacles, and Reserve Champion overall.
Lucy and I came in 4th on my rides. For some reason I was very tense and nervous. My arms were particularly stiff, and I kicked Lucy too hard after the halt at C in my dressage test. Poor Lucy.
The judge remarked that when I lighten my aids my scores will improve. I certainly want lighter aids. I am sure Lucy would appreciate it, too.
Meanwhile the cicadas provided many moments of laughter and amazement. The horses didn’t seem fazed by them at all. Even when they hitched a ride on the main or the ears.
Our friends Jeannie Whited and Spidey entered their classes sidesaddle. Riding an obstacle course sidesaddle was a first for them – and for a show too. And they placed well too, plus got the “best dressed” award.