From Endurance to Dressage
I find it interesting that this test earned me a slightly higher percentage than did Test 1. By the time I rode in for the test, my seat bone was really screaming at me to GET OFF! I think Speedy had fully recovered his wits by this time and was more of the horse that I normally ride. The stretchy trot really got us again, but the rest of the test was on track with what we've been doing so far. And, this is only the second time I've ridden this test so I can't be too disappointed.
If you'll remember from my post the other day, the judge blew the whistle right at movement 8 thinking I had gone off course. She had me repeat movement 7 which didn't help our score any, but the break in concentration caused me to go off course for movement 11. The judge was kind enough to ignore my error, but I was flustered at my mistake which might have hurt my canter transition at movement 13. Overall, the scores are in the satisfactory range, and if I can improve the stretchy trot circle, we will definitely be in the 60% range. Here is the score sheet.
I think this is a very solid test considering all the hubub earlier, and even more so when considering your physical pain at the time! I think you should be proud of this. Especially all those "pleasant" comments =) It means you make it look relaxed and fun even when in discomfort. Good for you!
5/18/2012 11:47:56 am
That's really nice of you to say, Sarah. Coming off is embarrassing, and scoring low is also embarrassing. I struggle with seeing the positives of my rides and tend to focus on the negative aspects. I am truly surprised when others see my rides as successful in any form, so thanks for the encouragement. :0)
5/19/2012 11:52:00 pm
It is not that bad, Karen. You were just shy of 60%. You will get there.
5/20/2012 12:19:36 am
I wasn't too disappointed with this ride, Val. Speedy had his brain back by this time, and all of the whistle blowing made it an interesting ride for sure. This test actually feels easier than test 1. We'll have another try in three weeks. You can bet that Speedy is going to get lots of wrk at the stretchy trot circle! :0)
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About the Writer and Rider
I am a lifelong rider.
I began endurance riding in 1996 where I ultimately completed five, one-day 100 mile races, the 200-mile Death Valley Encounter, and numerous other 50, 65, and 75 mile races. I began showing dressage in 2010.
Welcome to my dressage journey.
About Speedy G
Speedy went from endurance horse to dressage horse. After helping me earn a USDF Bronze medal in the summer of 2020, he is now semi-retired. Speedy is a 2004, 15'1 hand, purebred Arabian gelding. His Arabian Horse Registry name is G Ima Starr FA.
Izzy was started as a four-year old and then spent the next 18 months in pasture growing up. I bought him as a six-year old, and together, we are showing at the lower levels. He is a 2008, 16'3 hand warmblood gelding. His Rheinland Pfalz-saar International (RPSI) name is Imperioso.
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Third Level: 63.514%
Third Level: 62.105%
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