I showed Introductory Level in 2010. Big sigh ... It wasn't all that spectacular. It's walk/trot. I mean, who could be impressed by intro? If they had to create a Training Level to prep for First Level, where does that put Introductory Level?
Hi! Welcome to the show. You've seen the show grounds, now take your un-trained pony back home and get to schooling him. When you're ready to start training, you can come back.
Can you see why being stuck at Introductory Level does not give you a reason to have a big head? Of course I had some pretty high aspirations of MOVING UP A LEVEL in 2011, but USEF changed the tests. (As though that's the ONLY reason!)
Big deal, you say. What's the problem?
Well, there are fewer tests, three at each level instead of four, and they're somewhat harder since the skills once ridden over four tests are not compressed into three. And at intro, the two tests have been expanded to three. The third test, Intro C, now has some of the elements that used to be in Training Level, Test 1.
HEY, does riding Intro C mean I would kind of be advancing to Training Level? I only ask because at the last show I entered in 2010, I did give Training Level, Test 1, a shot and didn't do too badly. We scored a 56.522% - don't laugh. I need that .522!
ANYWAY ... getting back on topic, the question is: Which tests did I enter for my first 2011 show?
Well ... my coach suggested I start the season with Intro B & C, and see how we do. Another big sigh ... I know it's pointless to show at a level that is above where we are, but really, how can I expect anyone to take me seriously when I am still showing Intro?
Are you going to tell me to GET OVER MYSELF? Thank you, I needed that.
What were my goals again for doing dressage? Oh yeah, I remember, have fun, show at schooling and rated shows, and improve to the best of my ability. Done, done, and DONE!