From Endurance to Dressage
Spring Mountain Dressage - T2
If you are reading this expecting something not show related, I apologize. I know I said that I would have something else on Thursday other than score sheets, but Speedy's little tummy ache on Monday night threw off my blogging schedule. If you're bored with score sheets, stop right here and come back tomorrow, or go back and read about Speedy's tummy.
The second test of the day went about the same as the first except we actually cantered when we were supposed to. I didn't earn any 8s, but there were no 3s either. In fact, one of the few 5s was for the ... anyone, anyone? You got it - that bloody stretchy trot. I promise you, we WILL get the stretch.
I was quite happy with the overall score: seven 7s, six 6s, and only three 5s. The collective marks were also good. We've worked really hard on getting more activity from behind and the judge noticed. She commented that Speedy was "nicely forward." He "often braces through the neck" as well, but we can work on that later. One step at a time!
Our final score was 63.214% (177 points) which was good enough for a second out of four riders. The first place rider scored 178 points. She beat me by one point out of 280. How close is that? Click images to enlarge.
6/27/2012 11:16:26 pm
You'll get that stretchy trot yet.
6/28/2012 04:07:16 am
Thanks for the vote of confidence! My trainer says the same thing. :0)
6/27/2012 11:47:03 pm
I agree. Look out stretchy trot!
6/28/2012 04:08:05 am
Thanks, Val! He can do it during turnout. Now we need to do it under saddle!
6/28/2012 02:00:24 am
you're making me miss doing dressage tests. really! wouldn't it be ironic if i actually did a dressage show in germany? seeing as how i cannot seem to find an endurance horse to save my life?
6/28/2012 04:06:47 am
Lytha - I hope that is a good thing. Are their any shows close by to where you've been taking lessons? It might be fun to ride a test with the horse you've been schooling. Did you ride dressage on Baasha, or did you ride tests on another horse? Maybe you've blogged about it already, but if not, that's a post I'd love to read - the disciplines you've ridden and on which horses. :0)
6/28/2012 04:38:21 am
6/29/2012 12:49:19 am
Nicely done, on both tests! The stretchy trot will come. If it makes you feel any better, getting the stretchy work out of greenies is one of my specialties, but I have YET to nail it where needed in an actual test... But that's what makes it a horse show, right?
6/29/2012 04:36:25 am
It is difficult, but I can clearly see how necessary it is for future movements. If they can reach for the contact, then they are truly on the bit. There is no faking it. And you are so right - doing it at a show is a whole different deal. It's a LOT easier at home than it is at a show when you have to do it RIGHT NOW rather than let's circle one more time.
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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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