Westphalian dressage gelding at first level
Clinics & Shows

Foothills Chapter Fall Classic 2015

Motivation!

There’s nothing like watching a show to get some pointers to try at home.  The Fall Classic Dressage Show was a great, low-key event to do just that!

PEC early morning, first trailers already rolled in

PEC early morning, first trailers already rolled in

Sunday was our Chapter’s rated dressage show at PEC.  Taking on the role as test runner with a mountain bike between the judge’s booth and show office, and setting up the awards table, doesn’t leave oodles of time to sit down and observe tests.

Kathy and Nancy, part of Foothills Dressage Chapter's awesome volunteers!

Kathy and Nancy, part of Foothills Dressage Chapter’s awesome volunteers!

But still enough so see plenty of riders both at the beginning and end of their tests.  So much fun!  And, so motivating.

First time out at First Level. Easy peasy!

First time out at First Level. She made it look Easy peasy!

Also love to see a variety of breeds out there.

Kiger Mustang Mare at Training Level

Kiger Mustang Mare at Training Level

Or how about this delicious Westphalian!

Westphalian

Small, low stress, rated show.  What’s not to love!  Judge was Heidi Gaian, “S.”

Come and join us next year!

Nancy, Patrice, and I

Nancy, Patrice, and I

 

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12 thoughts on “Foothills Chapter Fall Classic 2015

    • Flurries. Sounds so cute, and soft, and lovely – from afar. I know how it feels to settle in for winter… Hoping it will stay away for you for some more time – it’s only just fall!
      Come and ride dressage in CA! 🙂

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  1. Love the Westphalian. Drool. By the way, Heidi Gaian comes to our barn monthly to teach clinics, lucky us! She’s great, I always learn a lot. Hope your head is all recovered?

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    • Wow, that is great! Reminds me, I really ought to get out there and audit some clinics at least a few times per year. No true auditing since, May(?) , so it’s time!

      Yep, head is, as of today, all mended up. Fought some bad fatigue there at the end.

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      • Auditing is so useful, sometimes more so than riding in the clinic itself (less stress, that’s for sure!). Perhaps you can absorb more because you’re not so worried about your own horse and seat. On the other hand, nothing beats getting some personalized help. I have gotten a lot of help from clinicians and often have my lessons videotaped so that I can review them and keep going back to them for reminders (how quickly I forget!). Also, since I am a visual learner, it helps me so much to SEE what they are talking about.

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        • Oh I wish I could have video of lessons. In the past, I’ve done it a couple of times where someone could help. It was great!
          Considering trying to video myself riding alone. That could be useful! Just need to set it up somehow.
          You’ve got thinking now!

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          • I’m smiling just imaging all the challenges videoing yourself while riding poses. Well, if you set up the camera on a tripod so that it covers most of the ring…yeah, you’ll get something, better than nothing. Or you could set it up to cover half the ring and just ride in that half, probably better as the details will be better. Best yet: conscript a friend, barn mate, or even spouse or kid to do it. Even 10 minutes of GOOD video where the camera follows you closely is so helpful. You’ll cringe a bit (do I really do that?) but you’ll see things that will help you change the way you ride your horse.

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          • I’m thinking perhaps on a food barrel in a corner of the arena… I don’t really have any friendly soul who wants to stand there and film me 😉 Then again, I cringe just looking at pictures, video will be worse 😉

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          • Video is both better and worse. Overall: better and much more useful than a picture which can capture only a moment. Do it and watch it several times before you decide whether it was useful. The first time you may obsess over some weird detail (my elbows! Why are they flapping?). But after that, perhaps you can give yourself some grace and see the good things that are happening, and also things that you can fix easily enough with a tweak here and there. Ideas will begin to pop into your head for things to try. Let me know how it goes.

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