Before I dive into my recap of this weekend’s dressage show; I had another lesson with C last week in preparation. We worked through the previous weekend’s tests and addressed transitions – I feel a tonne better about them already. More about my lesson later though, for now I want to focus on this weekend!
In my previous post I had set myself a goal to practise different ways of warming up at a competition, with hopes that Oscar would be less tense in his tests. So this weekend I had planned to both play with the warm up, and beat last weekend’s ‘high score’ of 63.08%
We repeated test 1A from last weekend, and did test 1B this weekend which is new to us.
I was a little more assertive in my warmup for test one instead of doing my usual conservative riding. I didn’t really give Oscar much opportunity to look around. He was much better as a result, and despite spooking a few times, as noted in the judge’s comment below…
.. he settled much quicker than usual. The transition work with C earlier in the week paid off for us, and we got good comments on all of our transitions. We did what we came out to do and beat last weekend’s high score of 63.08%, marginally, and got a 63.65%. Not even a full point, but I’ll take it.
The class was much bigger this time around, and we managed a 5th.
The spookiness is exhausting. I don’t really know how to stop a horse spooking – I can’t anticipate what he’s scared of in the first place! The first spook in this test was at a flower pot about a third of the way through our test. We’d passed said flowerpot twice already, and the other eleven (there was one at each letter marker) with no drama and then out of nowhere he took an aversion to it. Bloody horse.
Test two, needless to say, was abysmal. I got so distracted with the crappiness of our performance that I lost track of where we were in the test and earned a 2 point penalty for a course error. Ugh, first time ever. I rode over to the judge when she rang the error bell, and thought we’d been eliminated. Note to self: course errors do not equal elimination!
By some miracle, we got 55.77% which is still over the halfway mark. I had expected much worse, and the face below doesn’t do justice to how much of a scaredy cat Oscar was being.