Emi and I had a team ride and an open class ride on the schedule for Saturday morning. She warmed up fine and accepted a fairly busy warm up arena with out any trouble. The competition is held at our State Fairgrounds and it has a pretty cool old arena that is used for showing. I love the character of the arena but it can be a bit of an intimidating location as the arena is very enclosed and isolated feeling. Emi walked in for her open ride (Into B) and the horse in front of us walked out...Emi was not thrilled with this situation. Although our test was marked with tension she remained rideable and settled more as the test continued. You'll see in the video that she really stalled out and was looking in the walk portion of the test. That end of the court was lined up perfectly with the doors leading out of the arena and she was able to catch a glimpse of the horses outside in the warm up arena. Not only did her looking affect the medium walk but also our free walk across the diagonal, which is normally a good move for her.
After that test we had about 30 minutes before our ride for our team competition, which was Intro A. I gave her a break before trotting around a bit more and heading in for our next test. She was more rideable and less anxious, and I came out feeling better about our efforts than with the first test.
After getting Emi put away I was changing when a friend found me to tell me that my test, ribbon and prize were all back at my stall. What!? Emi had won her open ride class with a 63.438%. Our prize was a glass thermos with "Oregon Dressage Society" on it. Cool! Further remarks: "Cute horse and pair. Connection into hand needs development - try to maintain steady activity in walk."
It wasn't too long after that, that results came out for Intro A. We won that class also with a 72.500%. We got a 6.5 on submission but everything else was a 7 or 8 with one 8.5 for her final halt. Further remarks were "well ridden, lovely moments, try to steady connection into hand (half halt).