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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 …

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

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!