As you watch the video, please remember that I have seen it as well and can see exactly what I need to fix. I am well aware of my shortcomings as a rider and am, in fact, far more critical of what I see than you will be. There are some nicer moments, however, and even I can see that we are showing improvement.
I borrowed a technique from Kelly over at Ride Groom Feed, so you'll see the movements written out as well as the score given and the judge's comments. The score sheet follows.
The number one comment was that Speedy's neck has really turned into something special. After complimenting his neck, the comments continued regarding his topline overall. What a proud, but surprised, Momma I was! I just can't see how his body has changed, but those who haven't seen him in a while clearly could.
A local trainer, with whom I used to ride, pointed out that his neck looks so nice as a result of him learning how to carry himself correctly. Sweeter words could not have been spoken. Doing things the "right" way, meaning agonizingly slowly and steadily, is paying off. We may not advance much farther, but at least we're putting on a correct base.
I don't know what we "won" for our effort, but apparently we earned the award for the top scoring Arabian for the show. This show is put on by the Golden Empire Arabian Horse Society. It's an open show, but they like to give a nod to participating Arabians. This year, there were only two Arabians competing, but it was nice to see Speedy recognized.