Valiosa survived her 2nd show.
Only half the horse I get at home, but with no spooking and a really good attitude about it all, I’m very happy with her. And good scores to boot.
Again, no showring picture-evies, but you’re not missing much… She was absolutely inattentive, stiff, and straight. Whatever I did, it wasn’t enough for her.
But how about this one, both of us almost-dressed?
She did Training Level 1 with a 69.35! Thrilled, because the test felt so tight and resistant. (My specialty, sadly.) Very grateful with this score, as she was so stiff and we still pulled off a great score. The score tied for 2nd, we got to bring 3rd place ribbon home.
Training Level 2; more relaxed and supple. The contact felt better. But lost impulsion and test comments focused on a too tight back. (Bet she was a bit tired and blah at this point.) A big step to the left with the haunches at the first halt…
5th place and a 65.19. Thought she felt so much better in the second test, but the scores said – “Please go home and school your young horse.”
Perhaps a couple of more shows, and then I’d really like to look back to this period with an “Aah, look how far we’ve come” sort of feel. (You know, instead of, “whaaaahhhh, all this training and this is it?”)
Traveling in a large, 3-horse SilverLite this time. And in good, fun, company!
Next up was my first time Western Dressage test. With Sultry little Antonio.
He survived his first show (Last time I heard he’d spazzed out and refused to go in the ring.) and I survived a picture opportunity with a Cowboy hat.
Check back tomorrow for a couple of shots of this guy in the ring.