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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 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

Val said…
Wow! Congratulations! Those are really awesome scores. :)