From Endurance to Dressage
The 68% got me kind of distracted. I knew the ride was trouble-free, but I didn't feel it was that good. Fortunately, I had an hour to let the giddiness subside so that I could focus on test 3, the harder test.
For my first warm up, I pretty much did serpentines. TMC's warm up ring is GIGANTIC so there is plenty of room to do whatever you want for a warm up. The serpentines really helped for the first test, so I did a few more before my second test.
My biggest concern for test 3 was staying on course and performing the single loops with enough bend. There is also that canter-trot transition at X that has been tricky in the past. As I approached that transition, I was so focused on getting a good downward that I accidentally did the transition at C.
Right before the judge could ring the bell, I realized my mistake and quickly re-cued for the canter. The downward at X was a bit awkward as Speedy had only just picked up the canter. Even though the judge hadn't yet rung me off course, she did deduct 2 points. Nothing like lowering your own score through stupidity. :0)
Our final score was a 62.200% - respectable for sure. I was pleased with the score and felt the judge's comments and scores were accurate and fair. When I saw the photos though, I was HORRIFIED; they were worse than the video. My hands are a mess and I need to sit up!!!!! The judge was either kind (my go-to explanation) or it's not nearly as bad as it looks to my eyes. She gave me 7s on Rider Position and seat for both tests.
When I talked it over with my trainer, she felt that I was disappointed because I know more this spring than I did last summer; I know what I want to look like and what I need to get there. So without further ado, here are some photos ...
My trainer wants me to ride with a crop in my hand (bridged) for a little while to see if I can fix this.
Fotunately, a lot of this stuff will be fixed if I can sit up and keep my hands even. I clearly need more outside rein to control the bend and less tugging on that inside rein. But I knew that in yesterday's post, too.
Many, many thanks to CT for taking the time shoot the video from yesterday and these photos. They were very helpful.
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
*** SCEC 10/15-16/22
2022 Completed …
(*) Tehachapi 5/22/22
(*) Tehachapi 7/24/22
(***) Tehachapi 8/28/22
2023 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
Qualifying Training Level
3 Scores/2 Judges/60%:
Score 1: 62.115%