So you see, I am not embarrassed to be a beginner. In fact, I know that as a beginner I am learning mountains of things that are crucial to know before moving on. If I try and skip these first steps, I'll never really know why horses soften or why they won't. Bringing along my own, two very different boys, is providing me with a wonderful education that I would never get had I bought a schoolmaster or a horse already on his way. As I write I am basking in the glow of a fabulous ride on Sydney. I worked and worked on getting a stretch over the topline and was rewarded with some wonderfully relaxed, stretchy strides. He felt it, I felt it, we both took deep sighs of ooooohhhh. I asked correctly, after months of trial and error, and he found the right answer. We did that together. Here's to beginners!
There is a reason for this talk about beginners. My certificate from the California Dressage Society finally arrived. I know it's not a big deal, but I really appreciate the recognition. To me, the introductory certificate says, You braved the showing world as a beginner and you achieved something. Be proud! The certificate is earned by CDS members who achieve scores of 60% or better at Introductory C Level or above in a single show season (not to exceed 4 scores). The scores must come from a CDS rated show. Once you earn 5 or more scores in a single show season, you earn a plate. That's my goal for 2012. I already have one score on the books and am looking for 4 more. Here's the certificate.