Next week this time, we will have completed our first day of competition at the NEDA Fall Festival of Dressage. But that's still 7 days away.
And so we continue training. Transitions, little trail rides, test patterns under the shadow of our scary "judge tent", and night time walks down the driveway.
How Piper will behave on the day is an unknown. But in the leadup, he is getting better and better to ride. Canter work improves. Transitions improve. And playing around with variations in trot tempos have resulted in Piper showing improved submission and response to my aids.
7 days to go. It feels like it is approaching too quickly. And yet it also feels like it is months away.