Skip to main content

She's Not a Baby Anymore!

Early spring saw some immediate changes in how Ellie carried herself and our dressage work started to truly improve.  There had been times last year where flat work felt like a fight and I wondered to myself if she was ever going to just relax and listen to me haha.

Thankfully, as the title suggests, Ellie has suddenly grown up in front of my eyes.  We have had some really stellar lessons lately, where I feel like I am suddenly able to make things click.  We also had an incredibly frustrating dressage lesson a few weeks ago where Ellie was in rip-roaring peeing heat (not normal for her) and we worked through 45 minutes of her refusing to bend right.  So, ya know, as much as she is improving, she is still an opinionated redheaded mare!  ;-)

But, I have to give her credit because she is really working her little butt off for me!  Sadly, I had not been able to schedule in a jump lesson before our first three-phase, which led to me riding her ridiculously backward at a slow trot the entire …

SMDA Dressage Show - Sept. 16, 2012

Reva and I competed in our last dressage show of the season on Sept. 16.  Actually, I am pretty sure it will also be our last horse show of 2012!


Relaxing at the trailer before our first ride.
We rode Intro A and scored a 72.5% for a second place out of four riders.  That was our highest score yet to date!!  I was a little shocked, but she was super good and easy.  She was a little more tense than I would have liked, as there was a horse freaking out in the warmup while we tried to warm up.  Reva was unsure as to whether or not SHE should freak out too, but she held it together well.  We had really nice moments as the test went on; we scored a 6 and 6.5 on the first two movements, but then had all 7s, 7.5s, and even 8s on everything else!  I even had a 7.5 on my rider scores.  Our right trot circle, change of rein, and final halt were all 8s.  I was especially proud that our final halt comment was "straight and square" since we have worked so hard on that.  Judges comments at the end were, "Well ridden.  Be careful you know where horse's haunches are, likes to swing down long sides and at trot on center line."


Our new saddle pad from Smartpak!
Intro B was a much better test and I felt hopeful that maybe we would have another 70% plus test.  I was right!  We earned a 75.0% for a first place out of six riders!  WOW!!!  How exciting to earn our highest scores ever at our last dressage show of the season!  Again we started with a 6, as our centerlines are always crooked.  ARG!  It doesn't help that the big plastic letter A is so close to the entrance and she bulges herself around it.   We do much better on our final centerlines.  Homework!!!  ;-)  But the rest of the test included a few 7s, 7.5s and eight 8s!!!!  We even had all 8s on our collectives, except a 7.5 on submission.  The judge's comment was only, "Very well ridden!"  We had a lot of "good active trot" and "good stretch" and "steady" throughout the test.  I am so proud of my girl, especially for having started as a completely unbroke three year old back when I first got her.  I feel sorry for ever doubting her potential to become a dressage horse.  Granted, Training level and above are obviously not easy like Intro.  But I am hopeful that we can try Intro C next year without too much stress.  I think she can easily handle the small amount of canter, as long as she will pick up that right lead consistently!! 


WHY YOU DO THIS TO ME MOMMA?
Reva was not impressed with the first place medal hanging from her ear.  LOL!
Gotta love that face.  :-)

Comments

  1. Wow! Congratulations! Those are really awesome scores. :)

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Thanks for leaving a comment!