View Full Version : Dressage schooling shows near or around MoCo, MD

Jan. 16, 2010, 05:16 PM
So, after Vernon's VERY naughty "debut" performing the 2010 prelim A and B tests this morning at Morven, I'd really like to compound on the "if you are an ass, you get to do more dressage in the dressage ring and don't necessarily get to go run and jump" lesson he got today as soon as possible. I THOUGHT I was going to be able to zip over to Bascule Farm next week, but it seems they are only offering BN-T and Intro-1st and only want amateurs riding. This bites the big one in the convience factor, since it is 15 minutes down the road (and I would GLADLY ride HC for a chance to ride the prelim tests again).

So, does anyone know of any OTHER dressage shows coming up in the next week or two that are in either NOVA or an hour or so drive from Potomac, MD? Especially dressage shows that will let me do eventing tests, but if I absolutely have to ride First level tests, I will. I will definitely be going back to Morven next month, but I'm really hoping to give Mr. Naughty Boy a 1-2 punch of dressage shows.

The tests are fun, by the way (when you're horse isn't bucking and hopping, skipping, and jumping around the ring acting like a big freaking goofball). The prelim tests really flowed, and the Training level tests looked great. BN is ok and rides smoother than it reads.

Jan. 16, 2010, 06:50 PM
since you didn't elaborate on "naughty"...if you don't find another prelim dressage test to enter and do "come to Jesus" Party, maybe pushing several training tests on the same day will also be helpful...if its not simply resisting being "lovely" in eventing's first phase, what does dear Vernon not "get' at this point? :D :cool:

Prelim...OMG how time does fly!

Jan. 16, 2010, 07:09 PM
Ships Quarters in Westminster, Md- Jan 23 ride anything you want-

Talbot Run Mt Airy,Md- Jan 31 also test of choice

Legacy Stables in Hampstead Md- Jan 31 test of choice

Wilson College in Chambersburg, Pa
Saturday February 13 Combined Test and Dressage Show

Jan. 16, 2010, 07:28 PM
Ah! What you need is PVDA - Potomac Valley Dressage Association.

Calendar page: http://www.pvda.org/Lists/Calendar/Calendar.aspx


Jan. 16, 2010, 07:46 PM
I know that I took lessons with Dona Ruth (Ships Quarters Farm) a couple years ago to prep me for my dressage rally and she is awesome!!!! I can't say enough good things about her. Her dressage outdoor is BEAUTIFULL and her indoor is wonderfull too!

I might have to get my mare in shape and take her to one of these shows!!! Shes never been off the farm (at age 6) and so it would be intresting!

Jan. 16, 2010, 08:19 PM
I second Talbot Run, great facility and an indoor, since it will probably be chilly. :-) That's pick your test: http://www.talbotrun.com/
Also might interest you: http://www.pvda.org/Lists/Calendar/DispForm.aspx?ID=481&Source=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Epvda%2Eorg%2FLists%2FCal endar%2FCalendar%2Easpx

Jan. 17, 2010, 09:54 AM
Thanks, everyone! I meant to check out PVDA's website yesterday after I had looked at VADA/NOVA and CDCTA, but I must have forgotten (considering I'd been up since 4am, I think that's forgivable!). I'll check out the others listed, too. I had known about the Talbot Run show, but I thought it was just USDF. Again, I looked at the end of a very long day yesterday....

RFI- Time does fly, doesn't it!?! :eek: I can't believe I'm gearing him up for prelim. It seems like just yesterday that he was a weedy little 3 year old who basically knew nothing. :D

The funniest thing about yesterday was that the harder movements really weren't the issue. In fact, on his first leg yield, which we've been working on getting cleaned up and a little less lazy this week, he acted like it was totally no big deal and did BEAUTIFUL ones. It was like a switch flipped in his head. He struggles a little bit with the big counter canter loop on the left lead in the B test but we know what the issue is and just need a little time at home to get the kinks worked out.

No, he was just NAUGHTY. He knows what a dressage ring is now, and he knows what is supposed to come after dressage and thinks he can slack off and act like a hooligan and still get to run and jump. Lots of bucking and temper tantrums. He also had a stablemate in the adjacent warm up ring who would start screaming his bloody head off everytime Vernon and I went from one ring to the other, and while Vernon is far above screaming back in reply (THANK GOD!!!), he'd hear the bad one scream, glance out the door, lose focus, then get mad at me for trying to get him re-focused. I don't blame him that much, either, though. While our ring has been great for flat work, it hasn't been conducive to jumping and leaving the ring has been downright impossible for weeks. He's fed up with dressage. A dressage show was icing on the cake! :lol:

Jan. 17, 2010, 12:39 PM
Nothing in the next few weeks, but during the summers, Looking Glass Farm in Hamilton, VA has schooling shows that offer the eventing tests. The shows are listed with VADA/Nova on their web site.
LGF is less than an hour from MoCo.

Jan. 19, 2010, 01:40 PM
Maybe Bascule will let you school the test HC?