I had cantered around a few times before I began to steer Atlas to the 3' brick wall jump. While I was riding, I had watched the other riders school around the course and had memorized it myself. I gave Atlas a push with my outside leg and a bit of outside rein and started to steer him towards the fence. Without warning, a girl on a shiny,black, Warmblood sped past close enough to almost scrape irons with me. "On your outside." She warned surlily.
"Who does she think she is?" I muttered under my breath.
Angrily, I circled Atlas and watched the girl and her lustrous horse continue cantering and clear the brick wall effortlessly. With a sigh, I came back towards the fence and reminded myself to focus more on my equitation. I went over what my trainer would normally tell me: heels down, eyes up, look ahead not at the jump but beyond it, hands forward, and lean back. I counted in my head 1,2,3 take off! Atlas leaped up and we sailed over the jump. I tried not to hollow out my back over the jump. Overall, I thought it went well. I gave him a prod with my inside leg to get him to move to the wall.
"On to the outside triple." I whispered under my breath.
The three jumps, a Swedish oxer, a triple bar, and an ascending oxer, loomed overhead. I kept my eyes up past the jumps on the fence that enclosed the arena. I sat back, put my hands forward, and counted again 1,2,3. As we sailed over each jump, I kept my eyes up and ahead. After we cleared the triple, I pushed Atlas again with the inside leg and guided him towards the diagonal line which consisted of a stone wall jump and a roll top. I continued my routine with every jump focusing on steering and my equitation.
After I cleared the diagonal, I asked for a lead change since I was now trekking left. Atlas almost plunged me out of the saddle with his large-strided lead change. I looked towards the next line, the girl on the black horse stood at a halt at the end almost blocking the last jump. This line was a diagonal triple with a square oxer, a verical, and hogs back at the end. I took a breath and looked ahead past the jumps at the black horse. I gave Atlas a nudge before the jump and he leaped over it easily.
Then, I cleared the second jump and gave the gelding a nudge as we approached the hogs back. Atlas leaped over the jump like the others. Over the top, I gave him a squeeze with the outside leg and some outside rein. I navigated him around the girl. "On your outside." I said bitterly.