Last Saturday I once again traded my vendor’s hat for a rider’s helmet. This time at the fall Reins of Life benefit dressage show in Michigan City, Indiana. Charm and I did just fine, even though I had a little brain fart in our first test and forgot where I was supposed to go next. The photos are stills from a video of our second test of the day, which went a lot better than the first one. Both of the tests were Training Level, which is fairly low on the totem pole for dressage, but since we’re beginners that is exactly where we belong. So here’s the picture show, with a little commentary on each one.
So we got a score of 62.2 for this test. That’s about a C+. It’s better than the last show we were in, and that’s what’s important to me–we’re improving! Dressage can be ridden with different goals in mind. Some people compete against others–for either points or percentages (never mind the difference). Others compete with themselves, challenging themselves to beat their last score and never mind what everybody else in the class gets. I’m in the latter category and happy to be there. Oh, and did I mention how nice and even my hands were? That’s a great improvement on the rider’s part!
the photos are great, and i enjoyed every one of them! it looked like a perfect day to be riding, and i give you a much-higher score!
My trainer gave me a much higher score too, and was a bit disappointed that the judge didn’t see it the same way. The judge was an older lady and I suspect that by the time I rode the second test (late in the afternoon) she was getting a bit tired! In dressage, the judges comment on every movement on the score sheet–that’s for the rider’s benefit and education–and it takes a lot of effort to to do this from 8AM to 5PM with only a couple of short breaks!
looks like you had a great time. i enjoyed this post so much!