Our first dressage show is completed!
Joy loaded and hauled like a champ. <- That was actually my main concern for the show.
She hopped right on and I latched her in with ease. She hauled quietly and without issues. Whew!
Once we got to the show, she was a million times better than I expected her to be. She was hyped, but easily controllable. She listened to me. I bet a few more shows and she’ll be completely unfazed by it all.
The only thing that wigged her out the entire show was when a horse unloaded from a trailer next to her. She wigged out… as in, all four feet left the ground, she started bucking and leaping around. I was walking next to her, so I just ignored it and kept walking. She was back to normal a moment later, but I didn’t stand her near unloading trailers after that. 😮😁
The actual test scores weren’t very good. The rides, while riding them, felt awesome! Not perfect, but the stretchy trot felt balanced and as if she had massive stretch. The lengthens felt like she lengthened well (for her and where she’s at right now). It felt… Good.
The scores and video show it was was not good. It was crap. Rushing, braced, unbalanced… not good at all.
That disconnect between how it felt and how it scored/looked, really had me bummed.
- First Level Test 1 – 60.172%
- 4th place out of 5
- First Level Test 2 – 63.286%
- 2nd place out of 4
- First Level Test 3 – 62.22%
- 3rd place out of 4
We somehow eeked out a Reserve Champion High Point tie with the girl that womped our butts in test 2 and 3. Don’t ask me how.
The overall theme in the comments on each test was: Tension, bracing, lack of suppleness, lack of balance, lack of bend.
That pretty much describes all three tests in a nut-shell.
First Level Test 1 Video Link: https://youtu.be/1P4VtMRlWUI
First Level Test 1 Score Sheet:
First Level Test 2 Video Link: https://youtu.be/fzAVGxnhHP0
First Level Test 2 Score Sheet:
First Level Test 3 Video Link: https://youtu.be/haGVdILY98Q
First Level Test 3 Score Sheet:
My friend takes beautiful photographs!