The Rider Performance Award is awarded at Training, First, and Second Levels. I need 4 scores of 60% or higher from two different shows and four different judges. Saturday was a great opportunity to get two more scores.
Deep sigh. I didn't break 60% and was disappointed with my first test. A quick check of movements 2, 3, and 6 will give you a good idea of what went wrong. Explanation to follow (click photos for larger view).
Did you see the 4 we earned for movement 3? That was all Speedy's fault. Just as I was preparing to ask for the canter, he stopped and POOPED! I was kicking and whacking his sides, but he didn't care. Once he finished, he lurched into the canter. Back tight ... uh, yeah! That'll happen when your owner is whaling on you and thinking, C'mon Dover, move your bloomin' arse! (an appropriate, but obscure, reference from My Fair Lady.)
The rest of the test really wasn't too bad. We earned 6s and 7s for our working trot and our second canter earned a 5.5 which is an improvement over the 4s we were earning just a few months ago. There haven't been any bucks or kicks in a while so I am not feeling too bad about a nearly satisfactory.
Without my error (add in 2 points) and if Speedy wouldn't have broken gait (add in 1 point), we still would have earned only a 58%. I know we can do better. For those who like to skip to the back of the book, day 2 was MUCH better.
Tomorrow - Test 2.