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  • You know your dressage was bad when -

    As you leave the ring, you hope you might have broken 60 - and you're at an event, not a dressage show

    When you see you actually scored 53, you think "Generous judge!"

    Riding the test reminds you of that old saw about swallowing a live toad every morning, so nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day

    It reminds the judge of the same joke, only she's not amused.

    Half the riders in your division could have a stop XC and still beat you if you finish on your dressage score....

    ON entering the ring, even YOU see the goblins dancing beside C...

    I'm not saying these were ALL true of our test today, but I won't promise they're not, either. Got more of your own, real or exagerated, to add???

  • Original Poster

    As you leave the ring, you hope you might have broken 60 - and you're at an event, not a dressage show

    When you see you actually scored 53, you think "Generous judge!"

    Riding the test reminds you of that old saw about swallowing a live toad every morning, so nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day

    It reminds the judge of the same joke, only she's not amused.

    Half the riders in your division could have a stop XC and still beat you if you finish on your dressage score....

    ON entering the ring, even YOU see the goblins dancing beside C...

    I'm not saying these were ALL true of our test today, but I won't promise they're not, either. Got more of your own, real or exagerated, to add???



    • #3
      Did you stay in the ring??

      On the bright side, how was the jumping??!!


      • #4
        You know your dressage is bad when...

        ...you can see wrinkles ON TOP of your horse's neck because she's so inverted, and her braids are all touching on another even though they were nicely spaced when you put them in!
        Click here before you buy.


        • #5
          Your trainer puts a gag bit on your schoolie for staduim?

          Your trainer goes, "All right, Sunshine, just try to finish, and if you can't, I'll open the gate and let you out" as you enter the staduim arena.

          I promise, both of those have good stories behind them.

          When you come home, instead of asking how you placed, you get asked if you stayed in the arena (never happened to me).

          You get home and inform your other trainer you fell off, and she responds, "Actually, you more jumped off, I heard." (In reference to a fall at a staduim jumping show, but maybe it would be worse in dressage. Yep. I just popped off for a cup of tea in mid air. I can't even fall correctly? LOL.)

          You realize you have a way to make it to the top of an equistrian sport- submit these scores, and you'll qualify for Dressage at Devon. (That's a joke- I do realize it doesn't work like that.)


          • Original Poster

            CWO, LOL, yes, we stayed in the ring. But that really is the best that can be said of that test... Jumping was lovely, great fun, and I rode the water this time and she jumped in like a star - getting her final required qualifying XC for the Waredaca Training 3 day. Now it's just Dressage Boot camp for us. The good news is, while our D warm-up was fairly bad, it was better than our relatively good moments were not long ago.



            • #7
              When you jump into the dressage ring! And it is a dressage show!

              The above post is an opinion, just an opinion. If it were a real live fact it would include supporting links to websites full of people who already agreed with me.



              • #8
                [QUOTE] Half the riders in your division could have a stop XC and still beat you if you finish on your dressage score....

                Been there done that. Finished on my dressage score (like a 47.5? or a 49.5?) and a friend who had two stops in stadium still beat me in the end. I was nottttttttt a happy camper.


                • #9
                  ...while attempting your final salute, the judge stands up with a look of growing horrification and as you continue exploding toward her, manages to stifle out "JUST LEAVE!"

                  -No, we were not eliminated!


                  • #10
                    If the judge says with a hopeful smile " Thank You " when you leave the arena.

                    When you read on your score sheet, wonderful horse with a lot of potential.

                    When the judge takes a cofee brake during your test.

                    When the scribe starts to giggle uncontrolable.

                    When scribe and judge have a animated conversation during your test.

                    It is really bad, when it gets real quiet and everybody comes to watch, how you are and if you are going to survive your ride.
                    That I have no use for them, does not mean, that I don't know them and don't know how to use them.
                    Caveman extraordinair


                    • #11
                      You're going in to the ring for your 2nd test -- this would be at a straight dressage show -- and a pair of spectators say to you, "Is that the horse you rode earlier? You're very brave to go in there again."

                      Or when the judge writes comments that begin with: "Perhaps your horse is good at cross country but..."


                      • #12
                        You know your dressage is bad when...

                        Your bridle tag number flies off and lands in the sand because you were wagging his head so hard to keep it down. (true story )

                        Finnegans Wake
                        Irish Sport Horse x Hanoverian
                        Finn's photo album http://community.webshots.com/user/finnegan24100


                        • #13
                          You know your dressage is bad when:

                          The judge suggests you look into tennis lessons...


                          • #14
                            you just stop checking the scores after dressage completely because you know you are in last place. very very true story on a few occasions...

                            you ponder asking the judge to just give you 2 points higher than the worst score so they don't have to waste their time watching you. not true, just thought that one up, but probably not a bad idea!

                            you overhear the judge when going by C say "God, would they just STOP doing that!?" didn't happen to me, but when i was scribing I think she said it loud enough intentionally.

                            when scribing- and you don't get to watch much, you can tell things aren't going well when the judge often makes mean comments or mumbles and says "don't write that"

                            also, when scribing, one judge told me that if a rider seems to be having one of those "can't get em' in the ring" days, she takes a bathroom break to hope they can work things out by the time they get back. very kind of her, but ho-boy, good luck on that test!
                            "Do you care, or don’t you care? Because if you do care, you better speak up now or take what you get."
                            — Denny Emerson www.savethe3day.org
                            **proud member of the trakehNERD group**


                            • #15
                              When the judge rights, "naughty, naughty horse."

                              When the judge writes "very entertaining."

                              When your horse takes off bucking, you end up clutching for dear life, butt still in the saddle, which is now on her sideways, and you leave the ring. Call to the judge that you'll be back in to finish, go back into the ring, have a bucking fit, but seem to manage to finish, thank the patient judge for letting you re-enter and finish, and the judge responds, my pleasure, I was interested to see what would happen next. that was exciting."

                              After the first test without any buck, you get excited and proclaim to the masses that that was your first test without a buck, and the judge replies back that it was close and that bucking was just about the only thing she left out (we had various OTHER theatrical movements in that test).

                              Yes, yes, these are all true. All me and my pony. all different tests and different judges
                              He heard the low voice of mercy, not the loud acclaim of glory.


                              • #16
                                You know your dressage is bad when...<UL TYPE=SQUARE><LI>the only thing the judge says to you as you are leaving the arena is "nice braid job."<LI>after your test, your groom says, "Wow, that's the fastest dressage test I've ever seen."<LI>just as you enter at A, your horse suddenly stops responding to your right rein altogether, twists its head so that it is parallel to the ground, and alternates between impersonating a giaraffe and a bull dozer. You do your entire test using only the left rein and when you halt for your final salute, your horse finally straightens it head and you see that its tongue has flipped over the bit and about eight inches of it is sticking out of its mouth, flapping in the breeze your entire test. Then, as if this isn't enough, as you leave the arena, the judge leans out of her car and say, "You do know that's really bad, don't you?"[/list]Sadly, all true.
                                If the Number 2 pencil is so popular, why is it still number 2?


                                • #17
                                  You get an 8 for rider and the comment is "Nice job staying on!" True story.
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                                  • #18
                                    You know your dressage is bad when....

                                    Your horse stops and eats during your free walk...


                                    • #19
                                      these are hilarious! thanks for starting this thread - the posts are making me feel like maybe I'm not alone in my dressage woes after all!


                                      • #20
                                        After judging me several times a well respected judge wrote "Keep plugging, you'll get there. . ." I laughed and took her advice. It was worth the trip.