And then there's my second season ...
I feel as though Sydney and I had a dismal and disappointing year. We worked so hard, but we just couldn't pull it together at shows. We did have two good scores at schooling shows, a 61.5% at Intro C and a 63.333% at Training Level Test 1, but everything else was in the 50s. There was even that ridiculous 48%.
4/7/13 Spring Dressage Fling Schooling Show
- Introductory C - 61.50%
- Training Level Test 1 - 57.50%
5/26/13 TMC Spring Mountain Dressage
- Introductory C - 58.000%
- Training Level Test 1- 48.750%
6/23/13 TMC Mountain Solstice Dressage
- Introductory C - 55.500%
- Training Level Test 1- 52.083%
6/30/13 Early Summertime Dressage Schooling Show
- Introductory C - 51.75%
- Training Level Test 1- 63.333%
8/11/13 It's Showtime! Schooling Show
- Introductory C - 56.500%
- Training Level Test 1 - 50.208%
8/25/13 TMC Cool Mountain Dressage Show
- Introductory C - 55.000%
- Training Level Test 1 - 56.875%
As I look over the scores we earned, I realize they aren't that bad. They represent a team that is struggling, but occasionally hitting the mark. Riding at a show, no matter the level of show, requires an additional skill set that goes beyond the skills required for riding at a particular level. We can be the perfect Training Level team at home, but once we're at a show, we both have to deal with our nerves, a new stall, a new arena, new sights and sounds, and on and on.
My husband and I made the trip to Tehachapi on Saturday night for my CDS chapters's annual awards banquet. Tehachapi Mountain Chapter is a generous and supportive group. They work hard to support both juniors and adult amateurs. Without their initial support, I probably would have stuck to endurance riding. It was during the banquet that I realized Sydney and I aren't doing that bad.
Here's to the 2014 show season!