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CNER United States Pony Club Dressage Rally - May 11, 2019

Our very first ever PC rally was this past Saturday at Apple Knoll Farm in Millis, MA. It kind of cracks me up that I joined PC for the express purpose of access to more jumping instruction opportunities, and my first mounted experience is a dressage rally hahaha.  

But honestly, it was so much fun.  Maybe it is because I am so used to showing alone or maybe because I love the show prep and set up just as much (if not more) than the actual riding, but competing in a PC rally is now one of my most favorite experiences.  And I cannot wait to do more!  I think the only thing different for this show was having to label EVERYTHING with my name.  Otherwise, my show prep was just the same as normal.

Sadly, our original team of four riders ended up dwindling to just two, as one young rider ended up sick with a 103 fever and a barn was quarantined because of a horse with EHV-4 so none of the PC members from that large boarding barn could attend. Therefore, my remaining teammate and I were split …

Reva cantering!

Reva has been coming along well in the canter.  We have been lightly lunging her in my weekly lessons.  We tried it a few times last fall and have again done it a few times this summer.  It has seemed to help her balance and confidence in the gait.  


This is her weaker lead, which I had been having trouble picking up.  But she has been picking up the right lead correctly on the lunge line and improving so much under saddle!!



Reva - right lead canter from Elizabeth Tewksbury on Vimeo.



And here is her left lead.  She is also finally not plunging and "dolphining" herself into the canter.  She is still a bit too fast, but we are getting there!  Under saddle I am starting to have a half halt in the canter, which is amazing!  Such a nicer gait when she rebalances and softens!



Reva - left lead canter from Elizabeth Tewksbury on Vimeo.



Progress is slow...but I am pleased!  The best training tool is TIME!  :-)  And at only six years old, we have plenty of time!!



Comments

Val said…
What a good girl! She does a nice job staying on the circle as she gets used to the canter. She looks great in those boots!