Valentina Truppa's Free Style: snubbed by mainstream dressage media? (video)
Curiously, despite edging out Isabell Werth for 2nd place with a score of 80.175 at the Stuttgart CDI, scarcely a word about her ride appears in St. Georg, Eurodressage, Dressage News, or topdressage.tv. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0a2uX...f=mfu_in_order
The free style is video #9
Last edited by alicen; Nov. 25, 2011 at 01:24 PM.
Her horse is cuter than a baby June bug. I liked the ride and the music had me tapping my toe, but there wasn't any "shazam" moment. I'm surprised she scored that high. I really liked it when she patted her horse on his bottom as they tempi'd across the diagonal. Sweet.
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Hi Alice, hold your horses We still have a blog coming up from Stuttgart (I haven't read the text yet so I'm not sure if Valentina is mentioned in it). We did feature her in the photo report. There's no show report from Stuttgart this year.
Maybe not so much shazem, but it's her composure and lack of the agonized, iron-rod backed driving seat which I found refreshing. And remarkably, she even seemed to be enjoying herself. I expect we will be seeing more and more of her in the top rides in the not too distant future.
Agree, Alecen, I'm glad she got the recognition through her score anyway! Thanks for posting.
Although a few bobbles, that horse does some of the most effortless-looking piaffe pirouettes I've ever seen. Usually, they are one of my least favorite FS movements. Everyone seems to to put them in, even despite having a horse that labors through them.
I like the other Italian Susanna Bordone (sp?) too. She rode in both dressage and eventing at the WEG and I don't remember seeing anyone comment on that amazing feat, either.
The video has some distortions because of where it was video-ed from. If the video was lower in the stands or just slightly elevated from the ground it would not have the distortions.
The camera was very still despite the distorted view.
What a lovely ride! I am so happy to see so many riders being recognized that seem to ride with an air of lightness and harmony that IMO has been lacking for a while. I am very excited to see how things go next year at the Olympics.
Love her! My first thought was, "Holy nuts, she's riding with the motion, not behind it!!" Her seat is lovely, and the horse is relaxed and loose. She uses her rein aids effectively, instead of having low, hard, covered hands. I'd love to see more of her, and I hope she does well enough to quit her day job.
I was thinking ho hum at first, not loving the music, and then she had mistakes, but that was a DAMN nice ride, good quality movements and actual originality and difficulty, which are HUGE coefficients in the GP freestyle. It's very refreshing to see something new once in awhile. That's a well deserved score.