And takes it all in stride even in the parade thru the grounds. Such a good girl! She was definitely a crowd favorite too. Here's a bit of video:
Monday, August 13, 2012
Its been a crazy month since our last dressage show, with a trip out of state and a pleasure show added in between but we made it to another dressage show this last weekend. I hardly had time to practice so I choose to do the same primary test as last time in the percentage ride class and do the only basic one offered . It wasnt the same one we did before and I never even ran through the whole test before our ride time but we made it through. Diva was either tired or sore from the pleasure show so she wasnt quite herself and I came out of the basic class with no major issues but still feeling like we would only place in the bottom of the class. Much to my surprise we ended up 2nd out of something like 8 entries! 2 hours later we had our primary class. I tried to wake her up a bit and that helped some but she did something she never does, she fell out of the lope, twice! Something was off with her. Other than that we did ok but boy were my legs tired from trying to keep her going. Somehow, not sure how, we still ended up with 3rd in an even larger class IIRC. 70.435 for that one and 72.143 for the basic test. Lots of 8s and 8.5s but no nines this time ;) My part boarder also rode her in the morning in 2 intro tests where they placed 4th and 6th. She will get this week off until this weekend we are riding in COSTUME at Renaissance Fest for the first time! Then a couple weeks off after that. Show season is nearly done thank goodness!
Monday, July 2, 2012
I didnt work on Dressage much over the winter, worked on slowing her western lope instead cause face it I still prefer western (ducks and runs..) My part boarder has been but I almost made her a convert when I had her show Diva in w/t western and huntseat classes, where they got a first, second and 4th in large classes. But back to dressage. We did a schooling show about a month back. Lets just call it a comedy of errors from the moment we hit the grounds. From the parking issues to my class time getting changed (and already having passed that time) to some crazy Arab getting loose and running through the show grounds looking for her new boyfriend that we took with from our barn. It was a hot day, she wasnt her usual energetic self at all and neither of is did real well in our class. I was all but ready to quit and stick to pleasure shows.
Oh what a difference! Even a french link wasnt enough to make her mouth happy but this was just the ticket. I couldnt wait to show again. I thought our next show wasnt til August but I found one, and it was near the barn too! Not only that but they had WESTERN DRESSAGE. Something that Ive been wanting to do since I heard about it. So knowing how hot its been and how tight money is I decided I could only do 3 classes, even that I thought might be pushing it just for me remembering 3 tests! I really wanted to do a Western Basic class before a canter (Primary level) class to get feed back, mostly on proper working jog speed since that wasnt completely clear to me. But I really wanted to try out the new bit so I choose one regular dressage test (intro C). I hadnt ridden C myself but my part boarder did at the prior show.
Friday, December 16, 2011
In reading Riding Asides blog about her nice fancy corsette http://ridingaside.blogspot.com/, I thought not only would that help make my show clothes look better (esp western shirts) but it might help me keep straight, stregthen my core and as a bonus tone up a bit (not really counting on that part).
I never order anything off an informercial, esp when so often now you can find the items in the as seen on tv sections at several stores. Well I happened to be in a chain Fabric store looking for iron on patches for Divas poor shredded winter blankets (she REALLY needs to learn to fight back), and look what I found, 10% off even, no shipping, no handling and no extra one for "free" that I dont need. So for less than 10 bucks I thought Id give it a try.
Says it fits 22- 50 inch waists. Im somewhere in the middle of that, yet I am on the second to last zipper. Third to last was far too loose, this one feels snug but helpfull. That means I only have on more zipper smaller, kinda surprised me. My biggest fear was that it would roll up on the top or bottom, especially when seated. Not so far. And its hard to slouch! So I am going to try riding with it and see if it helps any. I can bet its going to be hot in summer but should be worth it. We shall see! Off to do some house work with it on.
Saturday, November 5, 2011
Sunday, October 30, 2011
Finally shots of the finished costume in action (on a fuzzy fall coated Arab)
and some shots of her in dressage tack for fun. Going to work on that snaffle alot this winter. Got her a new bridle (not this one) in a trade at our barns tack swap, its nicer leather and finer which is going to look awesome on her head!