My mind just doesn’t comprehend. In Australia you have a groom if you’re a World Cup rider. That’s basically it. The rest of us run around with our 1/2/3 horses and just do it all ourselves including braiding and all that jazz.
This post really has no point but everytime I see a photo of a horse and rider stacking and the comments “oh that poor groom” my brain just kind of boggles because it’s really not a huge thing here.
I’m a member of the Queensland Showjumping Club Inc (QSJCI) who just ran their second show at the very fancy QSEC venue since forming last September, with the penultimate class being the 1.20m Gold Cup sponsored by the Hamood family & Glen Haven Park Aust.
Gandy had gone and gotten an abscess only to come sound again Friday morning so there was no way he got to come along. In his place I stole Ben from my sister for the Amateur & 1.0m - 1.05m & rode the course builders mare in the 90cm and 1.0m - 1.05m. The course builder tells me he’s upped the mare’s feed because he thought she was getting too tired and as I got on her to ride over I could see that tired definitely wasn’t going to be a problem. It’s hard because she’s not my horse but she is for sale and we’d had some really nice rounds lately with just a green rail in the 1.05 last jump club and now I was sitting on a rocket that couldn’t canter a corner, so that was a bust and frustrated me a bit because I enjoy riding other people’s horses and the only way you get that is putting in good catch rides which is hard when you’re on a ball of nervous energy. Ben had a naughty moment in the Amateur with 2 stops at the terrifying planks but jumped around the rest of it nicely once I got him moving and I need to just be more forward from the start I think. We finished the day with a win on the 1.0m - 1.05m which paid for my day and gave me a tidy profit. I got to have a zoom in the jumpoff as well since if there’s a fast horse around they’re generally jumping around that height. Lucky Ben is the speed master and smoked them. Next up is a clinic with Becky Jenkins on Gandy and then a 2 day clinic with Paula & Olivia Hamood which I’m super keen for
Thinking of doing show/ride wrap ups at least for myself so that I can look back later, hopefully nobody finds it completely unbearable