Today I am not competing myself (which is very strange!) as I am trying to watch the pennies and only compete in really necessary events. But I have instead gone along anyway to cheer Ann on with Socks and to backstep for Vicky in the obstacles (see pictures).
I always find it a weird experience being at a competition with the atmosphere that I associate with having myself in a particular mental state in order to maximize my performance (see all this sports psychology is paying off!), which in other words means I am focused and concentrating on the job in hand. Instead I was there today being completely chilled out and relaxed which is great because as we all know the social side of Carriage Driving has no comparison in any other discipline and it was nice to be able to enjoy that side of competing with no pressure.
Ann came 3rd and Vicky came 7th so a very big well done to them both :)