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NEJA Two-Phase - May 31, 2020

Of course, none of us had any idea if we would be able to compete in 2020. I will say that my big goals for the year (which were sitting in an unpublished post from January 2020!) were to keep my horses healthy, happy, sound, to move up to BN with Ellie, and to complete one recognized horse trial at BN. And despite all of the COVID-19 protocols and cancellations over the year, we did meet our goals (mostly). Many of the local barns here in Maine took on the challenge of bringing us safe competitions in 2020. Ellie and I started the year by competing in a little schooling 2-phase and debuting at BN. It went well and it got me excited about the year's possibilities.  We had a great dressage test (placed second in our division) and then had one rail in our show jump course. The rail was totally my fault and for our first ever BN outing, I was pretty excited! We ended up fourth in a mid-sized division. And because I do not remember much else for specifics, here's a big old photo du

SMDA show #1 - May 6, 2012

Reva and I competed in her first dressage show of the year (and the third one of her life!) on May 6, 2012.  It was a Southern Maine Dressage Association show.
Waiting for our first test!  She was interested in her surroundings, but very VERY well behaved!
She was excellent for our first outing of 2012!  She was a bit nervous but held it together really well.  She is not really sure she understands why we have to stay in the little bitty dressage ring, but she really tried to be a good obedient girl and that is what matters at this point.  She wasn't really "scared" but just tense.  


Intro A had some really nice moments.  We had all 6.5s and 7s (I had forgotten that the half points are now allowed!  Cool!) and just one 4 on our first right trot circle at A.  Reva tried to exit quickly at A and we nearly left the arena.  LOL!  I am pretty sure at least two, if not three, hooves left the ring.  We had to "jump" back into the ring with her front feet.  I was a bit rattled, but what can you do?  I laughed it off and rode the rest of the test with more attention to her tendency to want to blow through the outside aids.  When Reva is tense, she really sucks back behind the vertical and takes choppy mincing steps.  It is a catch 22 in a way; while I am pleased she is no longer trying to trot around like a racing giraffe, I also don't want her behind the vertical (you'll see what I mean in the pics) and I want her to use her body properly.  She has a lovely big trot stride and we have developed a good marching walk.  But when she is tense, she gets mincing.  If I ask for a bigger stride, I run the risk of pushing her go button.  We are still trying to sort out half halts away from home (aka she understands the concept at home but at shows and at lessons she "forgets").  Still, we scored a 62.9% and earned a second place ribbon!  :-)  The judge (Adam Cropper) wrote, "Well matched horse and rider.  Horse could cover more ground in both gaits."  All my collectives were 6.5s except rider position was a 7!


Yay mare!  Super cheesy smile for our Intro A second place ribbon!
Intro B felt like a much better test.  Reva was a bit less tense (and did not try to exit stage left!  LOL!) and we scored all 6.5s and 7s with all 7s on our collectives except for a 6.5 on submission.  The judge wrote, "Lovely pair! with good potential.  Would like to see horse with better lateral suppleness and steadier contact."  We earned another second place ribbon with a 66.3%!   It was a good place to start and reinforced that I am working in the right direction with Reva.  I am working on covering more ground in her gaits through relaxation, suppling her laterally, and working on keeping a steady contact (and not dropping behind the bit!)  I think she is coming along well and I am proud of her!


Professional pics are here.  


Online results.

Comments

  1. Lateral suppleness.....I've worked on that over and over with my old man for years & it has been the source of frustration for me many times. He does o.k.tracking to the right, but the left has always been trouble....sigh

    Congrats on your ride :) It looks like Reva did pretty good for only her 3rd show! She certainly is a beautiful Standie!

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