From Endurance to Dressage
Yesterday, you saw the video for Training Level Test 2. Here is T3 followed by the score sheet as well as my thoughts on the test.
I don't have a whole lot to say as the test pretty much speaks for itself, but there a few things that caught my eye.
1. This first halt was much better than the one for T2 and yet the judge scored it a half point lower. I was really surprised by the score, 5.5. I don't think I've ever scored lower than a 6.0 for our first halt of a test.
2. The judge commented that Speedy was too strong on my left rein for the first loop. I wish I could see what she means.
3. As we came out of the corner at the canter to begin the working trot at X, I thought I was hauling back hard on the rein to get the downward transition. Speedy was trying to canter right on across and out of the arena. In the video though, it doesn't look nearly as bad as it felt.
4. I kind of liked the medium walk at A. The judge scored us at a 5.0.
5. The canter on the right lead was a bit fussy, and that spook was hilarious. Did you catch the judge's comment for my transition to working trot, "lacked preparation?" I laughed out loud when I saw her comment. A bit of preparation would no doubt have helped. The 5.5 was a generous score for sure!
6. Ouch. Her comment for the stretchy trot really stung. I didn't have room to write it in the video, but you can read it up above for movement 12. Concept? Did she mean I didn't get the concept, or Speedy doesn't? Either way, I know. That is something we've been struggling with for about forever.
7. Her collective marks were the toughest I've had yet, and I've now done more than 30 shows. Speedy nearly always scores a 7.0 on gaits, which he earned for the first test, and we rarely score 5s for the collectives. She really knocked me on both tests for rider's correct and effective use of the aids (5.5). I was also really surprised by the score for submission. On the first test she gave Speedy a 5.5, which struck me as really quite low. For this test, even with the big spook, she gave him a 6. Confusing scoring for sure.
Aw well. What can you do? I actually thought I rode pretty decently. I kept my hands lower, although the right one is still going a bit wonky and my thumbs weren't always up. I really liked my lower leg; it looked quite steady. Now I need to get steadier in my core and hands.
Overall, I earned another score over 60% which will count towards my 2013 CDS Rosette scores. The 58% doesn't make me happy, but it's not a completely horrible score either. Onward and forward ...
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.
National Rider Awards
State Rider Awards
State Horse Awards
CDS Sapphire Rider Award
Third Level: 63.514%
Third Level: 62.105%
2023 Show Season
(r) Ride-a-Test Clinic
2023 Show Schedule
2023 Completed …
2023 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
Qualifying Training Level
3 Scores/2 Judges/60%: