The only ride that I thought went quite well was Saturday's First Level Test 3, but that ride earned us our lowest score of the weekend, a 62.500%.
We warmed up on Saturday morning like we also do. Having Chemaine there to coach us was reassuring. I wasn't anxious or nervous though, and in fact, I decided not to use Chemaine as reader. She wasn't going to be able to coach me on Sunday, so I memorized the tests like I should have done already this season.
Speedy was heavy, heavy, heavy the whole weekend. In the video below, you can see non-stop head wagging which is so frustrating. This is something from several years ago that has resurfaced. I know it has to do with my ineffective half halts, and I've made Chemaine promise that we're going to be addressing that at our next next lesson.
- We need more uphill balance.
- I need a more effective half halt.
- Speedy needs to be snappier off my aids.
- Chemaine gave me a great nugget: compression first, extension second followed by don't lengthen from a regular gait. There must be some compression first or he'll fall straight onto his forehand. Yes, that is true, he will.
Here's the score sheet from the first test of the weekend.
I knew I would be the only rider in the class, so I had already expected the blue ribbon. When I went to the show office to pick up my score sheet, I gave a little "Ooh!" at the ribbon laying on my test. They were much nicer than the average ribbon. Earning four of them didn't break my heart one little bit.
I do have some very interesting "soapbox" things I want to share later this week as well as some statistical analysis of all of the show's scores, not just my own. Chemaine was able to video Test 3, so I'll share that tomorrow.
More to follow!