The day after our semi-triumphant xc school we headed back to OF for - you guessed it (or at least you should have if you read this post's title!) - some dressage. Specifically, a schooling show. This was the same series entered before the blizzard earlier this year. And, for that matter, the same series we entered multiple times last year but never actually got to ride in.
|trotting this way|
|trotting that way|
|i love her ears tho|
Anyways, scoring seemed a bit generous - but I'm pretty much in agreement with all the notes.
|lots going on in this pic haha|
This test maybe went a little better, tho I still can't decide whether it was an improvement on the last time we rode this test or not. Isabel was still quite reactive - visible in the video especially in her abrupt downwards haha, and the judge pointed out after the fact that I was letting her have too much authority in choosing our tempo.
|hold it together!|
First trot lengthening we very nearly broke to canter. Second felt better but we got dinged for getting too flat by the end. That part kinda bummed me out bc I was probably preparing too early for our transition into working trot and the corner so we could make it down the center line for our final halt. But we got an 8 on that turn so... maybe it paid off? Idk, probably I should be able to get an 8 on our lengthening and still be able to pull an 8 on the center line turn, not one or the other. Life goals people!
|halt, salute, collapse in exhaustion|
Leg yield right was still deservedly a 5. That whole outside rein connection thing... Still needs work! Canter work started out ok - I felt (and maybe kinda can see) a distinct-ish transition from medium to working canter... but then we kinda just kept building again through the canter loops and diagonal change of reins.
|good mare :)|
And obviously when I say 'rated show' I mean rated first level dressage haha, NOT a recognized event. We are obviously not running prelim haha - doing the dressage does not equal doing the jumping phases! But first level - I think we pretty much got it. Sorta. This ride didn't feel like our best, and the judge said we were 'knocking on the door'- which I think suggests she meant we have more work to do. But ya know. We're gonna keep working on it so it's all good haha.
I only did video of the prelim test bc I was short on time (sorry!) and the training test is more boring anyay. As usual, it has our scores noted directly in the video. Enjoy!
|isabel trying to pull off her "big brother's" BoT sheet haha|