While I might not be tense or anxious, I want to perform well, so I do put a certain amount of pressure on myself. While my number one goal was to score at least one 60% to finish qualifying for Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC), I certainly expected to do more. At this stage in the game, if I can't easily score a 60% at Training Level, something is seriously wrong.
In case you're on pins and needles, I did score over 60% on all four tests. Getting a qualifying score on my first test eliminated any last bit of tension that I might have been toting around. Improving on that first score became my goal for the weekend.
So how did Training Level Test 2 go? It felt great, and in fact, a new acquaintance reported that her friend felt my test was error-free and flawless (aw, thanks, Dr. P!), but the judge disagreed.
- lacking bend and flexion, tilting
- inconsistent bend and flexion
- need to cover more ground
- cutting corner, haunches left
- looking left entire circle (we were cantering right lead)
- some loss of balance
I actually skipped several of the "lacks bend/flexion" remarks. Those were definitely our problem area throughout the show, but we did get better and better. I actually love these comments because they have totally changed over the last few seasons. When we first started out, we had oodles and oodles of needs steadier contact, hollow, and above the bit. We've fixed those issues!
- over-rode centerline, need to show more bend
- against hand, hollow back (rats!)
- lacks bend/flexion 1st half, recovered (oh, yeah!)
- hollow back, early transition
- prompt trot off, shows bend over "x", lacking right bend (MXF working trot one loop)
- smooth downward transition (at C in front of judge!)
While this was a USDF show, it was really hot so coats were optional. For the afternoon test, I opted out of the coat!