Out of the blue, on the Saturday evening, one of the Show Committee came up and asked if Daisy would like to take part in a “best of four” class on Sunday.
None the wiser, she agreed and we were all thrilled – Daisy had been asked back to compete on the Sunday, rather than just sit there and watch.
And so, on Sunday, Kappi and Daisy returned.
Daisy had to show four gaits – walk, trot, any-speed-tölt and canter.
I will admit we were all a tad nervous since Kappi was so stiff in tölt but the extra night’s rest had worked miracles and Kappi had his beautiful tölt back plus a stonking trot and a wonderful canter.
Apparently, they take the 3 highest scores of the four gaits shown.
There were seven in the class and Daisy won!
Happy smiles everywhere for Team Thordale (and yes, I cried every time Daisy and Kappi were on the track – every single time I sobbed).
We refuse to do the what-ifs (ie what-if we had arrived another day earlier so Kappi could have rested for longer).
Kappi and Daisy did what they did to the best of both their abilities.
Daisy’s riding was beautiful and Kappi did his absolute very best.
No one could ask for more.
Yes, Kappi got his Krispy Kreme donut, as promised.
He deserved it and that was the deal (between him and me – we had a conversation earlier).
The next day we drove home to the boat – it took years out of my life but we made it safely home.
Our learning curve was vertical but I think that is not a bad thing. Next time…….