Gray Bean struggled to keep it together in the first test.
Way in over her head, and with a secret abscess brewing in her left front, she really just wanted to get out of there.
Giant buck, followed by sloppy half levade.
On to other interpretative move. Not even sure which end is coming up or down here.
New Rider Score Sheet Check Box: Rider carrying on like nothing’s happening. Check ∅!
Several pats to carry on with the canter in a 15 meter later on. She was very strong here. Sometimes the only way to get through then is to completely soften and follow.
We all know this, but wow it can be hard in the show-ring.
Excellent, square halt wasn’t enough to make a good impression of it all. Her chomping on the bit, head popped up, and look of “What-Just-Happened-?” in her eyes is priceless.
No fantastic results. Valiosa was tense in the indoor warmup. Never released over her back. Very worried in the main large indoor during the first test.
Two judges in the first ride, one which gave us a qualified score, but the other didn’t see any harmony.
Blurry little video-capture from home. She can be awesome then.
In the second test, possibly even more tense warmup in another new indoor, with some background thunder rolling by. A steam train in the actual test, which was in an additional different indoor. A qualified score in that test too, but truly, it was low and our worst performances to date.
Overall, it’s clear she can’t roll in for just one day. Some more rides there would have made for a more even playing field.
Trot lengthenings CAN happen, but only at home. 🙂
My mare, who has started to feel more soft and willing at home never once let her guard down. With this, I’m rethinking everything – she’s going to have only relaxing work for some time. (And actually nothing for a whole week as she seemed off on a hind today – vet check in a few days.)
Showing should be fun, for both, it’s not negotiable. Didn’t like the look in her eye. To keep doing it now, would mean only doing it for the rider. And that’s not why we ever got started.
Proud of this horse for pulling through and delivering a total of 4 good tests!
Saturday we were at the Foothills CDS Schooling show, she was every bit of down-to-business as I could hope. She took first place in First Level Test 2 with 65.3% and placed 3rd in First Level Test 3 with a 62.5!
One of our sticking points continues to be the change of lead through trot over X. A piloting error where we lose a percent or so every time.
Last show, I thought she’d come onto the wrong lead and corrected it, completely botching the movement and setting up for a strange start of the 15 M canter circle at A movement.
This show, it felt just as awkward, but I still went into the corner, not wanting to make the same mistake again. Of course, this time it wasthe wrong lead…
She spent the night in an outdoor paddock in a huge pile of shavings under a tree, and stood nicely for snail-pace braiding in an all new barn early the next day. Wonderful mare!
Sunday – rated show, the Foothills Fall Classic for two different judges. We impressed with an 8 for the entry halt, the rest was, well, pretty tight backed…
Both tests went better, and with scores usually a “little harder to get” at a rated show it was great to get a 63.1 in the first one and a 4th place. She didn’t exactly impress (You need a real trot lengthening for that. “Quickens” is the standard comment for us.).
The last test was “slower”, she fell out of canter at one point and seemed a little overdone. No ribbon there, at 6th place, but a 62.3. So proud of her for still getting a good qualified score with all that!
With this, it is NOT time to gear up for second level. At all. We’re far away from “correct dressage”, and she’s still difficult to access, both over her back and in the contact.
Thrilled to have some pictures of her working well! Over the winter there’s a lot of homework to do to figure out how to create a more relaxed horse. I think we’ve just hit that roadblock that keeps many riders from ever getting to second level… Or, we’ve been stuck there the whole time, just didn’t realize it until now 🙂