Monday, July 9, 2018

Show Recap: Mid Summer Night's Dream

Emi and I attended our third show of the season on Saturday. We had great ride times of 11:20 and 11:44 and the show facility it slightly over an hour a way. It was a fairly leisurely morning getting her braided and heading to the show. I'm starting to find my groove with getting her warmed up at the show, meaning that I know I don't need a lot of warm up. She felt good from the start so we kept it short.



The tests both went smoothly and were the two cleanest tests we've put together. Emi did whinny through out both of them but she remained was relatively attentive so it could have been worse. I was especially happy that we had no big issues in the canter work and the canter transitions (both up and down) were significantly better than at the last show.



We totally botched the free walk in Training 2, which is usually a high score for her. We did a medium walk across one short diagonal and then turned to do a free walk across the other short diagonal. We were a third of the way across the diagonal when she started site seeing and calling. At times like that, all I can do is smile.



They ended up adding a ride to the end of this class, with the addition riding at the end of the show. I wasn't interested in sticking around until the end of the show so I left with out the final placing. Turns out we got a 65% and first place! I should have my test score sheet sometime this week so I'll recap a few details of that once I get it.



Training Level Test 3 - 65.682% - 2nd place

This was our first attempt at test 3 and I was happy with how it rode. There were some bobbles here and there but we nailed our canter to trot transition at X and scored a 7. We also nailed our first trot loop to score a 7. The second canter transition felt like a hot mess but looks slightly better on the video. Emi was feeling like she might break from the canter as we headed towards C so I was urging her on (thinking don't you dare break) when we careened around the corner and I hauled her to the trot....okay, it wasn't actually that bad but it did come up quickly and I didn't ride it well. So we definitely need to spend some time cantering through that corner while preparing for the down transition.



Low score - 6 (x2) (trot loop tracking right & stretchy trot)
High score - 7.5 (x1) (final centerline, halt/salute)

Collective Marks:

Gaits: 7
Impulsion: 6
Submission: 6
Rider's Position and Seat: 7
Rider's Correct and Effective Use of the Aids: 6.5

Comments: 

Capable pair, clear ____ (not sure what it says). Try to ride your horse more in front of your leg. Looks a bit hesitant to canter transition back to trot (this is also hard to read so that's what I'm taking from it). 


My goals going in to this show were to have reasonable canter work and to score in the mid 60's. We achieved both of those things and enjoyed the day together. Next up is our first recognized dressage show...I've got slightly over a month to do a little more polishing. Ready or not, here we come!

All photos are courtesy of Emi's breeder, Cindy. 

I can't help but smile when I ride this mare

15 comments:

  1. Congratulations!! She sure is growing up :)

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    1. She is! So far 5 has been a good age for us.

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  2. What a great outing! I just love how much fun you're having!!

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  3. You guys look so polished in those photos. I love the first one!

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    1. Thanks! It's getting much better.

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  4. so many great photos - you guys look fantastic!

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    1. I'm fortunate to live near Emi's breeder and to have her support (and picture taking). :)

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  5. Wow, Emi is looking so grown up! You are doing a great job wit her. Nice rides!

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  6. Well done, she looks great!

    Side note: I hate when the commentary is illegible haha

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  7. Congrats! She looks so good!

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    1. Thank you! We are coming along. :)

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  8. Congratulations! You two look awesome :)

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