Carmen: What are you talking about?
Me: Emma at Friday Cat Eventing is hosting a contest. We were assigned a bingo card and we need to get a line. We might win a $25 gift card from Riding Warehouse. It's all about eventing.
Carmen: What is eventing?
Me: It's a competition where we would ride a dressage test, jump a cross country course and then a stadium jumping course.
Carmen: Jumping? I'm a dressage horse, not some rowdy hooligan.
Me: Well fist of all it's fictional. Also, do you remember when we first met? The other horse I tried, Agente, is doing eventing......
Carmen: Well I didn't say I couldn't do it- let me see this 'bingo card':
Me: So let's start with the warm-up.
I want to start keeping you relaxed and focussed on me
Carmen: But there's this horse that keeps cutting me off and breathing the same air as me. I have to show him who's boss so I pin my ears and kick at him to get him out of the way....
Me:....and before we know it we have one end all to ourselves and the steward is
Carmen: And of course you don't need any of those nasty crops or spurs...
Me: Which means that when I asked you to go into the ring you flatly refused
Carmen: Well I had to check for trolls first....
Me: And the gate person had to lead us in. It was embarrassing and I was wishing that I had brought my crop. The bell rings and we trot down the centre line and slam to a halt at X.
Carmen: And I notice the judge for the first time and I jump 10 feet sideways from the halt and try to run away.
Me: That gave us a '4' for that movement. But we keep it together for the rest of test and we have some really nice movements.
Carmen: And then we do the cross-country course and I totally rock it.
Me: It was pretty fast though- I barely remember it. But we survive and now it's time for the stadium jumping.
Carmen: I don't see the point of the meandering course and I decide to take a short cut to the gate.
Me: Yeah, that's called going off-course and it's not allowed.
Carmen: I did try to tell you that I'm a dressage horse.
Me: Yes you did. I thought it might be fun to try something different.
Carmen: But you were proud of me, right?