We were able to school Vince on the course the night before the event which ended up helping tremendously!
At the last show, Vince and Madison were disqualified at the water "jump" (they only had to walk/trot through it, not really jump anything) because they hadn't been able to practice any kind of water. We spent quite a bit of time convincing Vince to walk into this shallow pond! At this show, they had the choice of going over that small green jump just behind them, or going through the water.
After many tries, he was pretty happy to go through the water and cool off! It was really hot out.
Ultimately, they ended up taking the green "boat shed" jump instead of risking a refusal at the water.
Their dressage test was much better than at the last show - good enough for 3rd place - but not nearly what Madison had hoped it would be.
A few post-dressage pics. Vince spent the night in this sand arena because they had to give away the stall we reserved. It worked out quite nice! He had a view of the entire farm and lots of other horses and was able to move around a lot more than in a stall.
The memory on my phone filled up halfway through the video of cross country! Ugh. But you can see Madison and Vince in the distance doing quite well with no refusals on any of the jumps. They ended up 3rd place overall in their division which was awesome. The goal was a top 3 finish and that was achieved!