Cooper participated at Starr Vaughn yesterday!
Without leaving the arena, screaming incessantly (Or maybe he did, and I was too distracted to notice in there), or spooking at the big mirror.
This was only his 2nd Dressage outing, stepping it up from Intro Level to Training Level. Yes, he was tense.
And very scared at first in the outdoor warm up – all alone, foggy. (Definitely some screaming out there.)
Just entering the indoor was a huge thing for him… Just look how scary it is.
But he pulled it together and got through it with me.
This was a great opportunity to train in a show environment, while also receiving feedback from S Judge Debbie Riehl Rodriguez and the large group of soon to become judges. Very grateful for some nice comments for us!
Partner in crime today was Nancy, my “star of trailering in black dark in dangerously dense Tule fog”.
Both Cooper and her gelding Gandalf took it in stride, while the two of us were fretting up front, squinting at the yellow line in the middle of the road and in general held our breath for making it there safely.
It was so fun to be part of this! No other pictures, unless someone else sends something over. Just these two relaxed riders, who were all smiles after their rides.
What’s the USDF L Program?
Developed by the USDF Judges’ Committee , this educational training program teaches judges to evaluate the correct training of dressage horses.
The “L” Education Program is designed with several goals in mind:
- Provide trainers, instructors, competitors and spectators’ insight into the evaluative techniques of judging dressage.
- Prepare and evaluate candidates who wish to pursue entry into the USEF ‘r’ Judge Training Program.
- Provide continuing education for licensed judges and “L” graduates.