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My (and my horse's) first dressage tests!

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  • My (and my horse's) first dressage tests!

    We scored 67.0 on both Intro A & B. Bud was VERY distracted and I was VERY nervous (as I was going into B, I muttered to my instructor "I think I forgot the test" lol – luckily I just went where it felt right and it turned out OK).

    I was shocked we scored as well as we did and we got 2nd in intro A and third in intro B.

    My instructor basically said if I really work on my transitions we'll dramatically improve the score.

    I thought I would score a lot better on our free walks but on both the judge gave us 6s and said we needed better stretch down.

    We got 8s on test A's entrance and halt, and test B's trot (tracking left toward C) and change of rein through MXK.



    And some pics -
    Free walk:
    Working walk:

    Anyway, I'm really pleased, even if we had some "inattentive" moments and the judge circled "submission" on collective marks on both tests. We have a lot to improve upon but I think at our next show in June, we'll be in a better place.

    My horse, As You Wish (Buttercup/Bud), has only been in real work for the last few weeks, and has only just come back from hoof rehab since Jan. 15 (she was in just a lot of walking work until a few weeks ago). She also was in the worst season of her life yesterday. But I guess those are no excuses haha

    This was at EDCTSA's show in New Bern NC yesterday. (so if there are any people on here who were there or show EDCTSA let me know! I met some people yesterday and always love meeting more

    ETA: I banded her for a running braid but every time I put it in that morning it warped. So I just left the bands in. Braids and jackets weren't required (schooling show), but I like looking presentable. I was a little miffed that I couldn't get the braid to work. I also forgot my gloves ... those are $1 gardening gloves I'm wearing lol (also forgot my collar on my show shirt for the first test – it was safely in my pocket haha). First show for both of us in 2 years and 2nd show for her. And both of our first dressage tests. This is my second show in 10 years. Next show, we'll not make so many mistakes!

  • #2
    Good for you! In your photos, your horse looks quite pleasant and happy.

    You should look for an unrecognized event and try her at Into (Green as Grass). The jumps are only a foot and they use the Intro dressage tests.

    My mare has been having really strong "seasons", too.
    When in Doubt, let your horse do the Thinking!


    • Original Poster

      Oh I just didn't post the blooper pics, auburn! lol


      But thank you so much. We will be doing a clinic with Deiter Reidinger in May and then do another show in June. I'm thinking I may do Intro B and then try training (schooling shows have such great prices on entry fees!) depending on where our training is.

      We are on track to start back jumping in a lesson between the May clinic and the June show, so not sure if I'll start her back jumping yet at a show (we are coming out of 2 years of hoof problems from farrier issues so we are uber cautious).

      But I can't wait to get her jumping again! Just gotta make sure everything is super slow.


      • #4
        Congrats - she looks great for having a lot of time off! I'm riding intro A/B this upcoming sat - wish us luck! My mare has been a C-O-W (there i said it!) these last two days! She would much perfer to squat and to "assume the position" then to go forward. I had to break out some major artillery just to get her to move >< Hopefully she will be over this by saturday - it is also her first time at a show, so not expecting a lot.


        • Original Poster

          Good luck, evJ!


          • #6
            Thanks! Hope your girl's feet stay sound, and hope to see happy updates soon!


            • #7
              Great blooper photo! Most folks wouldn't have the nerve to post it. Kudos! You obviously got her attention back.

              Have fun at your clinic. Hope her feet stay good for you.
              When in Doubt, let your horse do the Thinking!


              • Original Poster

                I have no shame, auburn! lol

                Plus I like keeping those types of photos around. Years later, it'll remind me where we came from (although I've got a dressage lesson on YouTube I wouldn't post here for fear the pitchforks would come out - but I still keep it even though it is nearly 3 years old)

                Thanks! Super excited about Dieter. Heard he's awesome. I'm auditing a clinic with Jean Luc Cornille later this month too