I want to try the online show series called Better Dressage Scores.
It’s 100% online. You video your ride (as if you’re the judge at C), pay the $19.00 per test to enter, a real judge judges you, and you get the marks and comments back in an email.
You can also earn ribbons and year end awards.
Instead of “winning” based on the quality of your competition though, places are awarded based on score. So, a 70%, or higher, is First place, and multiple people can earn a first for the same test in the same show. Which is a bit different, but I like that you’re actually competing entirely against yourself and your placing isn’t determined by quality of your competition.
They have Intro through FEI levels available.
And, for all of you Western Dressage riders out there, they also have WD classes available (Intro to Level 3).
This seems like a great way to get some feedback without having to suffer through an extremely long day at a real show. Plus, if I only want to do one test, then it’s $19 total. No office fee’s, no haul in fee’s, no gas costs, etc. Total is $19.00.
Their next show is Sept 30th (entries close Sept 23rd). If I can figure out how to get markers up so they’re visible for the video, and figure out how to work through the large hole at M, then I should be all set to enter this. I think that’ll be my goal this week – figure out how to set up lettering.
Along with power washing all the water tanks, cleaning the feed bins, cleaning tack, and continuing to fill in the giant hole in my yard.
I suppose I ought-a get off my butt and get started!