June 2015 brought yet another show for Tinkerbell. This time we stepped up the expectations and debuted at Second Level. Of course when one signs up for a show, you have no control of how the secretary will schedule the classes. Guess what? The first test of the show was a Second Level Test 1. We pulled off a 65% and were second in the class!
The second test of the day was First 3. Tinkerbell earned a 69% and first place.
On Sunday, we rode Second Level Test 1 again and earned a 67% and First 3, earning a 73%, winning both of the classes! I was so proud of her! She also earned the High Point Oldenburg award for both days of the show!
I ordered new business cards this year. I was coaxed into changing up the design of my previous cards. I think it was a good decision to make.
Tinkerbell made her 2015 show debut at the Central Dressage Classic I & II in Powell Butte, OR on June 13th and 14th.
She showed First Level Test Two and Three on both Saturday and Sunday. Here are the scores: Saturday First-2 62%, First-3 70% and Sunday First-2 64%, First-3 70%. Notice a pattern? Tinkerbell seemed to need the first test of the day as warmup and then she showed relaxed and lovely in the second test of the day!
She came home with one First Place and Three Seconds! Pretty proud of this young, green mare!
I’ve desired to ride like Stephen Peters or Edward Gal, but now my goal is ride and look like Charlotte Dujardin. What incredible harmony between she and her horse!
Charlotte hosted her first symposium in the US in March 2014. I didn’t get to attend, but the following bullet points were taken down by someone who did! I’m paying full attention, Susan Peacock!
- Dressage is about the development of the horse.
- The job of the rider is to get the horse equal in both reins.
- Bad transitions at home make for bad transitions at shows.
- Work without the whip, when you can.
- The first impression is the halt, so there is no excuse not to practice it. Halt square for everything, even when you dismount at end of ride.
- Keep our leg on- it’s tough, but you need to get the control.
- Passage work done is rising trot helps the stuck horse go forward.
- In piaffe, always be in control of the steps-number and how forward your horse is going.
- Remember to have a forward-thinking hand.
- The discipline you have as a dressage rider is related to what scores you want to receive.
- Your horse has to be in front of your leg.
I recently read an article in which the author interviewed Robert Dover. Dover is a 1996 Bronze medal winner in Dressage. This statement stuck out to me: “art (of dressage) ends where violence begins”.
Horses are such incredible athletes and do amazing things for humans. If each discipline would embrace this statement, so many horses would be happier in their jobs. Watching harmony between a horse and it’s rider is a beautiful picture, no matter what the discipline.
I recently received a phone call placing an order for three lead ropes. A group of students decided they would like to put their funds together and get their instructor lead ropes for her personal horses this Christmas. They chose special colors to go with each horse. How thoughtful! I think this instructor is very well liked and admired by her students!