I only had one teensy-weensy little problem with Sydney loading in the trailer, but I resolved that issue in less than 10 minutes. The rest of the morning went smashingly!
I pulled into the "show" site a few minutes after 7:00 a.m. and unloaded a very interested Sydney. His head was a bit high and he was taking things in, but he stayed by my side and walked politely. I led him around the dressage court and warm up area and before we made it back the trailer, he was soft and quiet.
I tacked him up without any issues and even left him tied up while I changed into my Ride-a-Test clothes (half show/half schooling apparel). I led Sydney over to the warm up area and used a small wooden crate as a mounting block. He stood perfectly still and waited for my forward cue. What a good boy - I couldn't be more proud! I warmed him up for a few minutes and gave the judge an okay, I'm ready nod.
I decided to ride Intro A and B because these two tests are walk/trot only. I wasn't worried about our performance. My only goal for the day was to get Sydney through a "show" in a relaxed and happy fashion. He couldn't have done a better job. Our two rides weren't ridden perfectly, but Sydney did a fabulous job considering that he and I have never practiced these tests, and we've never been in a dressage court together. I doubt he's been in one without me either.
Here is the video for both tests. I love how floppy Sydney's ears are at the Intro A test. I also love how hard he's trying to be a good boy. I am not happy with my "broken wrists" and overly raised right hand. Cha Ching's mom has pointed out many times that I am too hard on myself. So, even though there are things I would love to fix, I am going to say that overall I am happy with how we did and leave it at that!