The long-awaited…2017 Rockin’ Riders Quadrille video

No, I wasn’t lazy. Even though this performance was in early July (after our rather dismal performance in June) and I promised video of it “soon”, I didn’t get the complete set of two video camera angles until a couple of days ago. But it was worth the wait to showcase a score of 90.385, wouldn’t you think?

Now I have to ask your indulgence for all the dust…but it was worth it for the score…just imagine it’s sort of like one of those theater performances where the fog machine goes wild and half obscures the stage. I cut between the two cameras to try to minimize the dust. And I know some smarty-pants is going to comment that we got that great score because the judge couldn’t really see us. Well, who knows? All I know is, I’ll take it! You know you’ve got something good going when the judge steps down from the booth at the end of your performance and enters the ring to tell you that except for maybe performances at Dressage at Devon, this is the best amateur musical freestyle quadrille she has ever seen.

(PS: If you haven’t seen video of our previous quadrille performances, my horse Charm is the only chestnut in the group. Makes it kind of hard to hide the mistakes, especially in this performance where she tried to jump the canter cue twice!)

Closing credits photo courtesy of Elizabeth Grainger

About Alli Farkas

Equine and landscape artist specializing in rural Americana
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9 Responses to The long-awaited…2017 Rockin’ Riders Quadrille video

  1. Clover says:

    That was well worth the wait! Great routine! Do you typically have that much dust? Yikes!


    • Alli Farkas says:

      We had a long dry spell just before this show, and even though management threw a lot of water on it, it wasn’t enough. This was the first day of a two-day show. The second day, and the second drenching of water made it much better, but we didn’t look nearly as good on the second day so I opted to use the first one because it was simply so much more spectacular.


  2. Wow, Alli, this is awesome! What fun for all of you and the spectators watching!


    • Alli Farkas says:

      Hi Nanette! Glad you liked it! For some reason WordPress decided your comment was spam!! How rude!! Anyhow, I didn’t see it until today, when I rapidly “unspammed” it. Thanks for your appreciative comment!


  3. anne leueen says:

    this is absolutely fabulous! I’d love to do something like this. Never mind the dust you all looked terrific and the final centerline the horses were trotting unison for several steps. Wow! I have shared to FB with a shout out to fellow riders in Florida to see if we can get it together to do one this winter. Thanks Ali!

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    • Alli Farkas says:

      I like to say that only a couple of things are required–1) horses that don’t snark at one another, or can at least learn not to, and 2) riders who always show up. But the truth is, we are blessed with a super talented group leader who has a knack for picking great music and creating fabulous choreography to go with it. We were challenged with this year’s choreography because our horses are mostly doing only training/first level work. We’re all just so grateful that we managed to pull it off!


  4. great post and congratulations! i’m watching from the latest repaired cabana at hostal palo santo~ hopefully no one will complain about the beatles’ coming from the gringa’s cabana at 4 in the morning!!!!!

    charm has quite a swishy tail – shows spunk and intelligent participation! looks like you had a great time and deserved the recognition

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    • Alli Farkas says:

      Hah! As long as it’s not “beetles” coming from the cabana everything should be A-OK. Would love to say Charm’s tail shows intelligent participation, but experience has shown the gesture is more along the lines of “quit telling me what to do, I’ve had this routine under my belt for months now” LOL! I guess we could call that “intelligent participation with attitude”.


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