This Saturday I will be riding in my very first dressage schooling show. The friesian will be helping me make my debut at first level, test one.
If I can get a 50% I'll be pretty happy because I know I'm going to flub something. I did a dress rehearsal last weekend that went very badly. I got confused about the ride times, I thought I was supposed to get on the horse at a certain time, but I was actually supposed to ride the test at that time. Yeah, so it comes out a 10 minute warmup is not enough. For either of us. Good thing it was a dress rehearsal. Hopefully I got the crappy riding out of the way last weekend so I can ride normally again this weekend.
Even if I do ride like crap, I'm thankful that I'll have my local trainer there to keep me on track and that I'll be riding a horse that doesn't get show nerves. It's much better to start out that way than completely on my own with a horse that may or may not freak out.
Does anyone have any show tips they'd like to share?
While we're on the topic of dressage shows, has anyone watched any of the Dressage Festival of Champions coverage? You can watch the tests individually and, get this, the videos include the judges' scores on each movement. That way you can feel like you're playing along. Give each movement a score and see how you measure up. Personally I thought the judges were being generous, but I'm not an FEI judge so what do I know?
I recommend watching Steffen Peters and Legolas. His passage was amazeballs and his piaffe was one of the best I've ever seen in competition. Check it out:
Steffen Peters is a clicker trainer, so I'm sure it won't be long before all his movements are as good as passage and piaffe.
You can also catch Heather Blitz's ride on Paragon. Some of you may recall that I thought Paragon looked a little off lately, but he seemed a bit better last weekend. He still can't pull off the collected movements nearly as well as some of the other horses but he does have gorgeous extensions. That horse can move!