The Dressage Show – months of lessons and hours of practice at home all lead up to this.
The perfectly groomed horse, the spotless rider (Oh please!) and the effortless warmup. For some, it’s actually more of a really sweaty, overexciting, super-draining day, with more feelings of feverish distress than “elegance.”
1*. The “No Biggie” Stage.
At first arrival, things seem just peachy. The energy at the showground is a little higher than for a normal schooling day, but it’s fairly quiet and seems like a smallish, easy show.
Rider’s attitude at this point: Whatever. No biggie, you’ve got this.
2*. The “Ehh, Ummm” Stage.