Brief Soap Box moment coming …
I know I am going to offend some people here, but I have to say it. The scores at a schooling show are easily 5% to 15% higher than what they would be at a USDF show. I won my RAAC class (a smallish USDF show) with a 72.6%. Just a few weeks later at the CDS Championship show (a HUGE USDF show), I squeaked out a 62%. Both rides were very similar, and scores were fair. Scores are simply much harder to get when the stakes are higher.
So while I smile at my scores from this schooling show, they don't mean diddly squat to a rider (me) who has her sights set on USDF awards and recognition. There is no way my 63% and 64% would ever hold up at a USDF show. I am greatly encouraged, but I know I would be looking at a 55% at a rated show.
I will climb down from the soap box now.
He has clearly fallen on the forehand and is running through my hand, but I am just sitting there as Zen as ever. That's Chemaine's description of my riding. I NEVER panic during a test, and no matter how bad it goes, I just keep on going as though nothing horrendous has just happened.