My wonderful student, Diane Thompson, gave this beautiful wall hanging to me for Christmas. I finally got it hung up yesterday, with the help of a long ladder and Sharon Eyre. I think it is stunning and really like it!
Tinkerbell debuted at Third Level at this show. You’ll see some blunders, but even with those in the test, she scored a 65.455% and won the class. Just think what her scores will be as the training continues and she becomes more solid. Please disregard the added entertainment in the filming. I was disappointed to see there wasn’t a professional videographer at the show. So, a dear friend borrowed a tablet, which she didn’t know how to operate, in order to capture my rides.
This talented youngster is GREAT minded. Cisco can have a week off, saddle up and ride right off. He currently stands 14.1, but is still growing. Professionally started and has 60 days under saddle. He is 1/2 Arab and 1/2 Cob, registered and has lifetime nominations in the Arab registry.
Tinkerbell and I were among several pairs selected to be Demo riders for the fall symposium. What a privilege to ride with Janet Foy and Debbie McDonald! It was a wonderful learning opportunity. In addition to that, it was great to listen to their opinions on what a lovely dressage prospect Tinkerbell is. Enjoy the videos as you learn what to look for when you search for a dressage prospect.
September always brings the Oregon Dressage Society State Championships. This year I had the privilege to compete Tinkerbell, a 6 year old Oldenburg mare, belonging to Catherine Ulrey of Salem OR, at First Level.
A Grand Entrance
On Friday, we showed Second Level Test 2, Tinkerbell’s 3rd time of competing at Second Level. The overall test went well, with us falling apart at one point, earning just a 4 when she lost her lead in the counter canter. She still received a score of 68.077%.
Then the Championship Classes were on Saturday and Sunday. We competed for a First Level Title in the Open Division. Saturday we rode First Level Test 2 and scored 65.938% Sunday we rode First Level Test 3 and scored a 69.118%. For the championship is averaged between both tests. We ended up 9th overall.