I rode the pony pretty lightly today. She was resistant to coming down on the bit consistently during the beginning of our ride, probably because she was a bit hot. I will have to really ride her hard on Saturday, and maybe stick her in the Special Hunter U/S class first thing in the morning, untack and hang out, then get her going for her 2'6 jumper classes. I will ask Anne what she thinks about trying a 2'9 class, and since divisions are split over 2 days I won't be chasing tri-colors.
Today's ride was fine - nothing too special. It had to be pretty quick since I had a study abroad meeting tonight. I spent about 30 minutes on her back, w/t/c and some X-rails just to emphasize coming back to me after the fence. Lots of X-rail then halt within 3 strides and maintaining the pace between two fences in a line.
I have a lesson with Anne in the morning, and I'm planning on schooling her over a 3' course, in order to better prepare her for the smaller class. Ever since I was younger I was always told that for a horse to be ready to compete at one height, it should be comfortable schooling 6" higher in most cases. This isn't the case at the higher levels, but for a 2'6 class, she should be calm over 3'. She is mostly comfortable at that height, but still drifts left a bit if she doesn't get a decent spot. Kelsey is coming out again tomorrow - YAY - and she will video/photograph the ride. I still need to find someone to video my classes this weekend though since Kelsey will be in California from friday to sunday.