I was down for the day today but only could stay until after the Special. My friends said that his ride was lovely and it was! Wish I could have seen it in person. However, I did get a great pic with him in the afternoon... http://a6.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphot...47240778_n.jpg
Member of the ILMD[FN]HP Clique, The Florida Clique, OMGiH I loff my mares, and the Bareback Riders clique!
springer, you can join me in the corner with our dunce caps on.
I've noticed in the past Ravel looking a bit stiff behind at times. This time he seemed to bend his hocks more and be softer - I have no idea if that was from work or medicine, but regardless he looked better to me.
I didn't get to watch the video until later, but enjoyed the Chronicle's online blogging during the event in which they pointed out just how difficult it was.
I like Valegro's trot work better, but love Ravel's canter work. After seeing that extended canter in person, I now understand why it gets scored a 10 so often. There were some imperfect moments in the ride, sure, but he keeps getting more relaxed and supple in everything he does, and it impresses me!
(I'm not such a fan of the music, and everyone else seems to love it. So be it - different taste is allowed!)
Originally Posted by Silverbridge
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I read that Steffen thought Charlotte had won after watching her ride. I do agree that Steffen's was more difficult, but technically and aesthetically I preferred Charlotte's ride. I know you do what you gotta do in the show ring, but I wish Ravel would piaffe without Steffen constantly having to use wiggly legs and for his reins to be a bit shorter and hands more forward, slightly higher so the presentation looks more uphill and driven from the hind legs up and out to the front. Steffen is great at presenting a fluid test with a certain looseness and ease, but for show could just be finessed a bit. I want to add that it is easier to critique near-perfection rather than far from... And if perfect equitation takes anything away from his amazing feel for riding a horse to the ultimate of its expression and ability - I'll take a bit of sloppiness like Edward's toes sticking out rather than forward...
Charlotte to me, has better hand position, length of rein, plus a nice electric piaffe without constant leg. Loved her warm up video. So "zen" in her work. Please Samshield, sponsor that girl with a navy and red helmet with the bling diamonds - she deserves it!
Now I can't wait to see Steffen with Legolas! And thank you for changing the music - I loathe "Men without Hats"!
Ps. Who makes the brown boots that Charlotte wears in the warm up. If I can't have her horse, I at least want a pair of those boots!