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  • First Level Debut

    Well,we didn't exactly blow anyone away, but the big achievement was that he BEHAVED. At the RAAC a little over a year ago, he was manic, as he often is at new places, but while he was sometimes inattentive and was certainly on the muscle on occasion, he behaved really well. We did TL/3 for a 64%, then First Level Test 1 for a 62.414%. I can see from the video a LOT needs to be improved (me), but overall, if only for his good behavior, I am VERY happy with him. (and less happy with me - wincing a bit at the video on occasion - one judge was REALLY tough on position and I think our TL score in particular would have been much higher if I were a bit straighter. Damned right shoulder has a mind of its own! LOL)

  • #2
    Congratulations on survival with scores above 60. A few more shows will allow you to relax and ride.
    Some riders change their horse, they change their saddle, they change their teacher; they never change themselves.

    Remember the horse does all the work, we just sit there and look pretty.


    • #3
      I'm refreshed to hear there's a judge scoring strictly for position. Please PM their name; I'd like to thank them.

      Good on you for a smooth sailing ride! Hopefully with time you'll trust the consistency and your position can align.
      chaque pas est fait ensemble


      • #4
        Sandy, big congratulations! You have become one of my inspirations as I am afraid I bought the mare version of your horse last year (another Arabian cross) for many of the same reasons as you, and find myself with many of the same issues! How old is he now?

        The fact that you just keep on trucking along and are having success give me hope!
        On the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog


        • #5
          Congrats on your scores above 60% at your first level debut!!


          • Original Poster

            Originally posted by Perfect Pony View Post
            Sandy, big congratulations! You have become one of my inspirations as I am afraid I bought the mare version of your horse last year (another Arabian cross) for many of the same reasons as you, and find myself with many of the same issues! How old is he now?

            The fact that you just keep on trucking along and are having success give me hope!
            LOL!! He just turned 9 (3.16). Of course, we had a year off with his ligament injury, and an entire show season with my broken arm...so I think of him as being 7!


            • #7
              Congratulations, Sandy! You're an inspiration. I'd love to see the video and hear about the comments if you don't mind. It would be such an education for many of us.

              He is total garbage! Quick! Hide him on my trailer (Petstorejunkie).


              • #8
                Congrats, SandyM - well done!
                "A horse's face always conveys clearly whether it is loved by its owner or simply used." - Anja Beran


                • #9
                  Good job on the 1-1 ride and it was fun to see you in person again!
                  RoseLane Sportponies
                  Golden State - 2012 Bundeschampion & 2014 USDF Horse of the Year
                  Golden West - 2014 & 2015 Bundeschampion Pony Stallion
                  Petit Marc Aurel- FEI Dressage Pony Stallion


                  • #10
                    Big congratulations!

                    I too am one of your followers - we have some things in common - crazy for our age and horses with, um, personalities!! I hope to start the next leg of our journey with a go at First this year as well. It's encouraging to read your news!

                    Good work!!!


                    • #11
                      Congratulations!! I'm new on here so don't know your "story," but it sounds like a really good one.

                      Congratulations to you!
                      LarkspurCO: no horse's training is complete until it can calmly yet expressively perform GP in stadium filled w/chainsaw juggling zombies riding unicycles while flying monkeys w/bottle rockets...


                      • #12
                        He's 9!? I didn't realize he had gotten so old so fast I guess it has been that long hasn't it? I don't know what keeps you going, you are more woman than me.
                        On the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog


                        • Original Poster

                          Thanks so much. I wish I were of a size to have a cute. talented German Riding Pony/POA cross (!) (Gotta have those spots!) ROFLOL!!


                          • #14
                            That is awesome, Sandy. Congratulations! You've been through quite a bit with that beautiful boy. But it sounds like it was all worth it.
                            "... if you think i'm MAD, today, of all days,
                            the best day in ten years,
                            you are SORELY MISTAKEN, MY LITTLE ANCHOVY."


                            • Original Poster

                              Update - 2nd Time Out

                              Okay, guys - if this is "OMG, she's telling us about ANOTHER show, please make her stop...." please tell me to let it go. LOL

                              Just to note that, just two weeks after our 1st Level debut, we did another local (but 3***) show, and....65% at 1st/1 and 65.135% at 1st/2. Again, rider position was an issue, and an overstrong half halt caused a little break (interestingly, judge just said "irregular step at R" so I guess I kept him going enough that what I felt as a trot step wasn't THAT obvious). The first judge really like his canter work, 2nd liked his trot work better. He got a 3rd for the 2nd test. We tied for 5th with the first, but a friend of mine was ONE point better in the generals, so she got the ribbon. ;o)

                              I'm just increasingly thrilled that his BEHAVIOR is so good. In fact, this time, we had a power failure and my alarm didn't go off, so what should have been a leisurely morning (1st ride at 11:14 A.M.), turned into a panicked rush. When I got to show, I just groomed, saddled, dressed, and hopped on - no longeing, no "relaxation" time tied to the trailer for an hour or so bef. warmup - so his good behavior was even more gratifying!

                              Amusing notes: There was a mule showing 1st level and it got 67%. Lovely animal, dark, dark bay, dam was a TB. We joked that if there were breed awards, she and I would get them, because we're usually the only mule/only Appy at a dressage show. So...later I saw a lady leading a VERY nice Appy around, grazing it. She wasn't showing, but was a boarder at the facility. I complimented her on the horse and asked about its breeding, and wouldn't you know it: It was from the same breeder from whom I purchased my horse - a cousin! LOL
                              Last edited by Sandy M; Apr. 15, 2013, 02:54 PM.


                              • #16
                                Keep it coming, Sandy! You need to post us some pictures or video too! You continue to be an inspiration.

                                He is total garbage! Quick! Hide him on my trailer (Petstorejunkie).


                                • Original Poster

                                  Wish I could. My present work computer's Media Player is off-line and IT hasn't gotten around to fixing it yet. If and when that happens, I'll try to figure out how to post something.


                                  • #18
                                    RoseLane Sportponies
                                    Golden State - 2012 Bundeschampion & 2014 USDF Horse of the Year
                                    Golden West - 2014 & 2015 Bundeschampion Pony Stallion
                                    Petit Marc Aurel- FEI Dressage Pony Stallion


                                    • Original Poster

                                      Don't look at the ones where he hollowed out and popped his head ("Who/What's that over there?!? No dammit, focus on what WE'RE doing!" ROFLOL) [Not to mention don't look at the ones where I hunch over. Sigh.]

                                      Photographer said he would post La Jolla pics of me on the Greenville site. Probably won't show up until Wednesday.
                                      Last edited by Sandy M; Apr. 16, 2013, 01:49 PM.


                                      • #20
                                        A few things:

                                        1) Keep the good news coming. I think I speak for everyone if I say we can't get enough of it!

                                        2) You make a nice pair. He is beautiful and you look like you are enjoying yourself.

                                        3) What a beautiful site for a show!

                                        That is all!!!