Last season was just about getting experience. This year I want to remember to have fun (Thanks, LisaBeth!), but I also want to ride better than I did last season. I don't think that's an unrealistic expectation. In fact, if I am not improving, what the heck am I doing out there?
For this season, I am going to work harder to KNOW the tests. I need to really understand what's being asked and focus on performing the movements on the mark, and doing them cleanly. We have a final lesson on Sunday, a week before the show. A tune up lesson might be possible, but with work schedules, not likely.
So ... I have been toting my two tests everywhere I go, reading them over, and visualizing my rides.
This is Introductory Test B. I feel really good about this test. Since I might not have a reader, I decided to memorize both tests. This is the easiest one.
A ... Enter working trot rising. Easy
X ... Halt through medium walk. Salute - Proceed working trot rising. Again, easy.
C ... Track left. It's either left or right so I have a 50/50 shot at getting this one right.
E ... Circle left 20 meters, working trot rising. Pretty basic.
E ... Straight ahead. Unless I go around again, it's really the only way to go.
Between K & A ... Medium walk. And here's where I get a little nervous. Here, now, did I miss it?
F-E ... Free walk. This is a funky diagonal-crossing of the arena from a lower edge to the middle.
E-H Medium walk. Not too hard as the medium walk comes before working trot.
Between H-C ... Working trot rising. Makes sense since corners are a good place to pick up the trot.
B ... Circle right 20 meters, working trot rising. Same as the other side.
A ... Down centerline. If I miss it, I'll be back to E circling, and circling.
X ... Halt through medium walk. Salute. Whew! Done.
If you see me hanging around doing nothing, give me a quick quiz!